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PHP  Introduction. PHP is a server-side scripting language. What You Should Already Know. Before you continue you should have a basic understanding of the following: HTML/XHTML JavaScript. What is PHP ?. PHP stands for  P HP:  H ypertext  P reprocessor

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php introduction

PHP Introduction

PHP is a server-side scripting language.

what you should already know
What You Should Already Know
  • Before you continue you should have a basic understanding of the following:
    • JavaScript
what is php
What is PHP?
  • PHP stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
  • PHP is a server-side scripting language, like ASP
  • PHP scripts are executed on the server
  • PHP supports many databases (MySQL, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Solid, PostgreSQL, Generic ODBC, etc.)
  • PHP is an open source software
  • PHP is free to download and use
what is a php file
What is a PHP File?
  • PHP files can contain text, HTML tags and scripts
  • PHP files are returned to the browser as plain HTML 
  • PHP files have a file extension of ".php", ".php3", or ".phtml"
what is mysql
What is MySQL?
  • MySQL is a database server
  • MySQL is ideal for both small and large applications
  • MySQL supports standard SQL
  • MySQL compiles on a number of platforms
  • MySQL is free to download and use
php mysql
  • PHP combined with MySQL are cross-platform (you can develop in Windows and serve on a Unix platform)
why php
Why PHP?
  • PHP runs on different platforms (Windows, Linux, Unix, etc.)
  • PHP is compatible with almost all servers used today (Apache, IIS, etc.)
  • PHP is FREE to download from the official PHP resource:
  • PHP is easy to learn and runs efficiently on the server side
where to start
Where to Start?
  • To get access to a web server with PHP support, you can:
  • Install Apache (or IIS) on your own server, install PHP, and MySQL
  • Or find a web hosting plan with PHP and MySQL support
  • WampServer is a Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache2, PHP and a MySQL database. Alongside, PhpMyAdmin allows you to manage easily your database.