Welcome to learning PHP


What is PHP?
 PHP stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
 PHP is a server-side scripting language, like ASP
 PHP scripts are executed on the server
 PHP supports many databases (MySQL, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Solid, PostgreSQL, Generic ODBC, etc.)
 PHP is an open source software
 PHP is free to download and use

What is a PHP File?
 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"

What is MySQL?
 MySQL is a database server
 MySQL is ideal for both small and large applications
 MySQL supports standard SQL
 MySQL compiles on a number of platforms
 MySQL is free to download and use

 PHP combined with MySQL are cross-platform (you can develop in Windows and serve on a Unix platform)
Why PHP?
 PHP runs on different platforms (Windows, Linux, Unix, etc.)
 PHP is compatible with almost all servers used today (Apache, IIS, etc.)
 PHP is FREE to download from the official PHP resource: www.php.net
 PHP is easy to learn and runs efficiently on the server side

Where to Start?
To get access to a web server with PHP support, you can:
 Install Apache (or IIS) on your own server, install PHP, and MySQL
 Or find a web hosting plan with PHP and MySQL support

Following topics are covered in the notes provides for PHP :


Basics of PHP

Loops in PHP

Forms and User Input

Form Validation

PHP String Function

PHP Functions

PHP : Arrays

String Patterns

PHP include and require Statements

Sessions and Cookies


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