At the end of the day it all comes down to to the coding, not the language used.
Re your comment on PHP taking ages to write :-
The higher level the language the less flexible it is by default. Dropping down to a low level language and you are playing with the building blocks of programming, 'machine code' , instructing the processor for every step anything is possible, but it takes much more effort and time.
Good languages have to balance between the the two extremes to make them intuitive to us humans yet flexible enough to adapt to our needs.
As with everything, learning and becoming proficient takes time and practice, there is no quick fix or shortcut, just keep on doing it