Where on earth are those numbers coming from?
Originally posted by Jeremy W.
With credit to Harry, though, Enterprise development in .NET is more expensive than in PHP. Yes, in PHP, you'd need to buy many modules and tools, but that doesn't compare to the of a typical Enterprise setup in .NET.
For instance, here's what we would have spent had we not been a charity:
3 servers: 4,000$
SQL Server Processor License: 10,000$
Windows 2k Advanced Server & Support: 6,000$
Visual Studio.NET Licenses: 4,000$
So, yeah, it can be expensive, but that is on the Enterprise Level. The level where if you are using Java, you'll want to use Oracle. Single Processor License of Oracle? 80,000$.
So, yeah, .NET is very INexpensive for Enterprise Development, and it's free for hobby webmaster development. Really as simple as that.
How much would PHP cost in Enterprise land? Dunno, you'd probably want to use Oracle for your DB, as MySQL really wouldn't cut it (it "could", but it's not enterprise suited either), plus you'd probably have a multitude of 500$ scripts you'd need to buy.
So, which is cheaper for Enterprise? PHP could be, unless you went with Oracle, DB2, Informix, etc. If you did, well, .NET would still stand as cheaper.