1.1. What is PHP?
So, what is this whole PHP business all about?
PHP is a popular scripting language like ASP of Microsoft Corp. primarily used for developing dynamic web pages and data execution from the databases. PHP web pages can be developed by embedding PHP codes into HTML codes using the syntax of C, Java, and Perl. PHP supports many databases like MySQL, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Solid, PostgreSQL and Generic ODBC, and runs on most of the operating system platform including windows-XP/2000, Windows NT, Linux, Unix, Sybase and Sun Solaris.
Before scripting the code in PHP, there is a need to install the PHP software that is available at free of cost as it is an open source software and distributed under PHP Licence. PHP is a server side language which means it runs on your server, not the end user’s browser. A PHP web page is recognised from its extension which is .php.
As we have earlier mentioned that PHP is a powerful scripting language through which we can perform a wide range of tasks like:
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