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I am building a job board website in PHP. I need to be able to parse PDF documents which I am unable to do. Is there a way to write a Java program to do the parsing and send this program a request?

I have used both in my career and had success with both. It really depends on what sector you want to explore. My comments below are based on a two horse race. I'm not even bothering to bring in other languages to the discussion at this point. These are also going to be general points from my own experience. There are always exceptions but I will keep my comments to the majority view even if it is totally conformist. If you want a nice stable job at a late stage startup or Fortune 500 enterprise, then I would suggest Java. Until recently scaling PHP has been anywhere from hard to impossible so most late stage startups moved critical processing to an "Enterprise" language like Java. None of the Fortune 500 companies I have worked for or discussed technology with have no critical systems on PHP. If you want to work for an early stage startup, cutting edge enterprise, or smaller web based business I would suggest PHP. PHP is a better language for developing web applications. Java is trying to move that way but it has a lot of ground to cover. Designers find it easier to work in PHP because t can easily see their changes on real time rather than wait for a recompile not to mention getting a servlet container up, running, and their app deployed. If you want to build indestructible systems on big iron, you want to use Java. If you want to build things that adhere completely to protocol specification, you want Java. If you want to build applications around asynchronous I/O, you want to use Java. If you want to build embedded systems, you want to use Java. Java has been moving more and more towards asynchronous I/O and channel based concurrent programming since JDK7. JDK8 made lambdas first class objects which has made concurrent development much simpler. If you want to build things quickly and regularly iterate, you want to use Java. If you want to be experimental and be applauded for it, you want to use PHP. If you want to get in the game early and build your knowledge through doing, you want PHP. If you want to inherit a codebase that looks like it was written by an infinite number of monkeys with an infinite number of computers trying to recreate Romeo and Juliette, you want PHP. In the end, I've probably had more fun building PHP apps at PHP shops. I did learn an awful lot that made me a better PHP developer in a Java shop. I like to think I've found a nice balance of quickly building innovative applications that are manageable and scalable. One of the nice things about PHP and Java is that the general structure for classes, interfaces, and objects is very similar. Even the de facto standard PHP unit testing tool is based on a straight port of the Java unit testing tool. Also, most of the Java development books that are based on development patterns and practices are applicable for PHP. Java design patterns is where I learned to be an effective PHP programmer. So, if you decide one way and change your mind, it's not too difficult for a good PHP programmer to become a Java developer and visa versa.

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If you want a stable full time job at a startup, PHP might be a good choice. If you want to work in large scale, enterprise, or mission critical applications that need to be maintained and updated quickly, you might want Java. And if you enjoy building small stuff on a regular basis to share, code, and enjoy your work, then you might want PHP. If you are exhausted of reading technical specifications and diagrams and want to code without all the technicalities, then PHP is probably a good choice for you.

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