PHP Introduction

PHP is powerful tool to create dynamic pages that can run on server. PHP can be embedded in HTML to provide dynamic feature to the webpage. You need to learn HTML and JavaScript before learning PHP.

What is PHP ?

  1. PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor. Officially (Personal Home Page)
  2. PHP scripts are executed on the server thus PHP is also called as server-side scripting language.
  3. PHP supports many databases such as MySQL, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Solid, PostgreSQL, Generic ODBC, etc and provide database functionality to webpages.
  4. PHP is an open source software and thus any one can download it and install it on own server.
  5. PHP supports a large number of major protocols such as POP3, IMAP, and LDAP
  6. PHP provides interactivity to HTML page by executing dynamic content such as database connectivity,session tracking and more complex scripts such as E-Commerce.
  7. PHP syntax is similar to that of C Programming so if you are aware of C programming then writing php code is not a big deal for you.