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PHP 5 Introduction

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PHP is a general-purpose server side scripting language, that is used to create dynamic and interactive Web pages quickly.

What is PHP?

PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is an open-source HTML-embedded server-side scripting language which used to develop dynamic and interactive web applications and also used as a general-purpose programming language. A lot of the syntax of PHP is borrowed from other languages such as C, Java and Perl. However, PHP has a number of unique features and specific functions as well.

PHP is developed by the Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995, and was later developed as open source. The main implementation of PHP is now managed by the PHP Group.

To describe a PHP page, you can say that it is a file with .php extension that contains a combination of HTML tags and PHP scripts that run on a web server.

What you can Do With PHP

You can create web applications using PHP. Facebook, Yahoo, WikiPedia, Twitter, WordPress are all developed in PHP, you can also develop next big thing using PHP.

You Should Already Know

Before you begin this tutorial it is necessary that you have a basic understanding and experience in the following:

PHP Why? Popular Features of PHP

PHP vs. Other Technologies


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