Intro to PHP

Intro to PHP

Without PHP Facebook, Yahoo, Google wouldn't have existed.


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What is PHP?

PHP is an acronym for "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor" PHP is a widely-used, open-source scripting language PHP scripts are executed on the server PHP is free to download and use PHP is an amazing and popular language!

It is powerful enough to be at the core of the biggest blogging system on the web (WordPress)! It is deep enough to run large social networks! It is also easy enough to be a beginner's first server-side language!


What is a PHP File?

PHP files can contain text, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP code PHP code is executed on the server, and the result is returned to the browser as plain HTML PHP files have an extension ".php"

<!DOCTYPE html>

echo "My first PHP script!";


Output: My first PHP script!

What Can PHP Do?

PHP can generate the dynamic page content PHP can create, open, read, write, delete, and close files on the server PHP can collect form data PHP can send and receive cookies PHP can add, delete, modify data in your database PHP can be used to control user-access PHP can encrypt data

With PHP you are not limited to output HTML. You can output images, PDF files, and even Flash movies. You can also output any text, such as XHTML and XML.

Why PHP?

PHP runs on various platforms (Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, etc.) PHP is compatible with almost all servers used today (Apache, IIS, etc.) PHP supports a wide range of databases PHP is free.

Download it from the official PHP resource: PHP is easy to learn and runs efficiently on the server-side

What's new in PHP 7

PHP 7 is much faster than the previous popular stable release (PHP 5.6) PHP 7 has Improved Error Handling PHP 7 supports stricter Type Declarations for function arguments PHP 7 supports new operators (like the spaceship operator: <=>)