its syntax is borrowed from C, Java and Perl with a couple of unique PHP-specific features thrown in.
The goal of the language is to allow web developers to write dynamically generated pages quickly."
This is generally a good definition of PHP. However, it does contain a lot of terms you may not be
used to. Another way to think of PHP is a powerful, behind the scenes scripting language that your
When someone visits your PHP webpage, your web server processes the PHP code. It then sees which parts it needs to show to visitors(content and pictures) and hides the other stuff(file operations, math calculations, etc.) then translates your PHP into HTML. After the translation into HTML, it sends the webpage to your visitor's web browser.
A web hosting account that supports the use of PHP web pages and grants you access
to MySQL databases. If you do not have a host, but are interested in signing up for one, we
recommend that you first read our Web Host Guide to educate yourself about web hosting and
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Although MySQL is not absolutely necessary to use PHP, MySQL and PHP are wonderful
complements to one another and some topics covered in this tutorial will require that you have MySQL
However, if you are like most of us, you will most likely want to follow a guide to installing PHP onto your computer. These guides are kindly provided by PHP.net based on the operating system that you are using.
PHP's syntax and semantics are similar to most other programming languages (C, Java, Perl) with the addition that all PHP code is contained with a tag, of sorts. All PHP code must be contained within the following...
If you have PHP inserted into your HTML and want the web browser to interpret it correctly, then you must save the file with a.php extension, instead of the standard.ht ml extension. So be sure to check that you are saving your files correctly. Instead ofindex.h tml, it should beindex.php if there is PHP code in the file.
<title>My First PHP Page</title>
echo "Hello World!";
If you save this file (e.g. helloworld.php) and place it on PHP enabled server and load it up in your web browser, then you should see "Hello World!" displayed. If not, please check that you followed our example correctly.
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