PHP Tutorial for Beginners: Learn in 15 Days

Introduction

  • PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML. PHP is free and efficient alternative to competitors such as Microsoft’s ASP.
  • PHP is a powerful server-side scripting language for creating dynamic and interactive websites.
  • The PHP syntax is very similar to Perl and C. PHP is often used together with Apache (web server) on various operating systems. 

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, Oracle, PostgreSQL,Generic ODBC, etc.)
  • PHP is an open source software (OSS)
  • PHP is free to download and use

What is a PHP File?

  • PHP files may 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”.

PHP + MySQL

PHP combined with MySQL are cross-platform (means that you can develop in Windows and serve on a Unix platform).

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 website. 
  • PHP is easy to learn and runs efficiently on the server side.

Where to Start?

  • Install an Apache server on a Windows or Linux machine
  • Install PHP on a Windows or Linux machine
  • Install MySQL on a Windows or Linux machine

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