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WHAT IS PHP

• PHP(Hypertext Preprocessor) is a server-side scripting language that is embedded in HTML. It is used to manage dynamic content, databases, session tracking, even build entire e-commerce sites, like ASP

• PHP supports many databases such as:- MySQL, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Solid, PostgreSQL, Generic ODBC, etc.

• PHP is open source software, Hence it is P is free to download and use

• PHP scripts are executed on the server

• PHP supports a large number of major protocols such as POP3, IMAP, and LDAP. PHP4 added support for Java and distributed object architectures (COM and CORBA), making n-tier development a possibility for the first time.

• PHP was released in 1995 by a programmer Rasmus Lerdorf and is now maintained by PHP Group with the name of personal homepage tools.

USE OF PHP

• PHP performs system functions, i.e. from files on a system it can create, open, read, write, and close them.

• PHP can handle forms, i.e. gather data from files, save data to a file, through email you can send data, return data to the user.

• You add, delete, and modify elements within your database through PHP.

• Access cookies variables and set cookies.

• Using PHP, you can restrict users to access some pages of your website.

• It can encrypt data.

WHY PHP

• PHP files can 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 runs on different platforms (Windows, Linux, Unix, etc.)

• PHP is compatible with almost all servers used today (Apache, IIS, etc.)

• PHP is case sensitive.

ADVANTAGE OF PHP

• Reduce the time to create large websites.

• Create a customized user experience for visitors based on information that you have gathered from them.

• Open up thousands of possibilities for online tools. Check out PHP - Hot Scripts for examples of the great things that are possible with PHP.

• Allow creation of shopping carts for e-commerce websites.

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