PHP is an HTML-embedded scripting language. Much of its syntax is borrowed from ‘;C’;. PHP uses much of the same syntax of C, but is much easier to use and provides access to variables and their values as submitted using HTML forms without the need to parse information. PHP is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML.
PHP recursive acronym for ‘;PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor’;.
PHP scripts are executed on the server (PHP is Server side scripting language).
PHP supports many databases (Servers are using MySQL and PHP combination widely.)
PHP is an open source scripting language.
PHP is free to download and use.
PHP Why? Popoular Features of PHP
The best things in using PHP are that it is extremely simple for a newcomer, but offers many advanced features for a professional programmer.
PHP works on multiple Operating Systems. Some are Linux, manu Unix flavors, BSD, Mac OS X and many more.
Plenty of Web Servers are supported. Some are Apache, IIS, Netscape iPlanet and many others.
PHP is FREE to download from the official PHP resource: www.php.net
Dynamic generation of HTML, PDF, Flash, Text, CSV, XML and others.
Support for numerous databases like MySQL, Oracle, MS-SQL, Sybase, PostgreSQL and many others.
PHP is easy to learn and runs efficiently fast on the server side.
Reduce the time to create large websites.
PHP vs Other Technologies
- There are numerous technologies available for the aspiring developer other than PHP that serve the same function as PHP, for example ASP, JSP, Perl, ColdFusion to name a few.
- Let me tell you that they are all good and usually its a matter of preference and the cost involved that urges the developer to pick one over the other.
- Opinions regarding this may vary but most PHP developers believe that PHP is easier to learn and has a superior syntax than the other languages. Additionally PHP is fast and safe.
- PHP is cross platform, it runs on almost anything that exists out there, naming all that PHP runs on would probably take a whole paragraph, that’;s why I’;m omitting it. It accesses almost every existing database.
- And on top of all this it’;s FREE!! Do I need to give you more reasons why PHP has grown and has been used the way it has?