What is PHP?
PHP is a server-side scriptinglanguage, likeASP
PHP scripts areexecuted on theserver
PHP supportsmany databases(MySQL,Informix, Oracle,Sybase, Solid,PostgreSQL,Generic ODBC,etc.)
PHP is an opensource software
PHP is free todownload anduse
What is a PHP File?
PHP files cancontain text,HTML tags andscripts
PHP files arereturned to thebrowser as plainHTML
PHP files have afile extension of ".php", ".php3",or ".phtm
What is MySQL?
MySQL is a database server
MySQL is ideal for both smalland large applications
MySQL supports standard SQL
MySQL compiles on a numberof platforms
MySQL is free to download anduse
PHP + MySQL
PHP combined with MySQLare cross-platform (you candevelop in Windows and serveon a Unix platform)
PHP runs on differentplatforms (Windows, Linux,Unix, etc.)
PHP is compatible with almostall servers used today (Apache,IIS, etc.)
PHP is FREE to download fromthe official PHPresource:www.php.net
PHP is easy to learn and runsefficiently on the server side
Where to Start?
To get access to a web server with PHPsupport, you can:
Install Apache (or IIS) onyour own server, install PHP,and MySQL
Or find a web hosting plan withPHP and MySQL support
PHP is a powerful tool formaking dynamic and interactiveWeb pages.PHP is the widely-used, free, andefficient alternative to competitorssuch as Microsoft's ASP.Here you will learn about PHP,and how to execute scripts on yourserver.