What is PHP?

What is PHP?
 
What is PHP?
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If you're just starting to get acquainted with PHP, you need to know the definition. So, what is PHP?

PHP is a widely-used language for wide-rage purpose scripts with an open source code.

Simply said, PHP is a programming language specifically designed to write web applications (scripts) executed by a Web-server.

PHP acronym stands for "Hypertext Preprocessor". The syntax of the language was partially borrowed from C, Java and Perl. PHP is fairly simple to learn. The advantage of PHP is to provide web-developers with an ability to quickly create dynamically generated web-pages.

An important advantage of the PHP language compared to languages like Perl and C is an ability to create HTML documents with embedded PHP commands.

What distinguishes PHP from other codes executed by the client, for instance JavaScript, is that PHP-scripts are executed by the server. You can even configure your web server so that the HTML-files would be processed by PHP script, so that the clients wouldn't even know whether they use HTML-file or an outcome of a script.

PHP allows you to create high-quality Web applications in a very short period of time to get a product which is easy to modify and support.

PHP is easy to learn, but it satisfies needs not just the beginners but also of hard-core programmers.

Even if you have encountered PHP for the first time, learning the language is not going to be too complicated. We don't have any doubts that after studying the basics of PHP for a few hours, you will already be able to create simple PHP-scripts.

PHP language is constantly improving, and it'll certainly have a long dominance as a web-programming language, at least in the near future.


 

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