has been around for quite a while. In it's earliest incarnation, called PHP/FI,
PHP stood for Personal Home Page. The programming language as we know it
now is actually called Hypertext Pre-Processor, but the PHP name is still
know that PHP is really a Hypertext Pre-Processor, you have a clue to what it
does. It preprocesses commands to the browsers that are looking at web sites and
makes the pages quicker to process - that means quicker to load... and in the lightning fast world of the Internet, that's
a very good thing.
PHP is used to create web pages "on the fly" as opposed
to HTML which are 'static' documents that just sit on a server until called upon to make an appearance. Incorporating PHP with HTML, however, enables users to either retrieve, save or update information directly to a database.
Probably the most powerful feature of PHP is the 'include' function through which programmers or Web designers can create a PHP file and include it in different areas of a site where applicable.
Around the Web, learn more about the use of PHP and how to take advantage of its powerful features to create Web pages that are more dynamic, 'social', and secure.
More information about PHP around the Web:
PHP.net - The source of all things PHP with the latest releases, as well as beginner guides and tutorials, a complete online manual and related resources.
Website Tips - PHP - Articles and tutorials on PHP programming, manuals, PHP editors,
modules, add-ons, support applications, template engines, and more.
PHP Tutorial - A complete overview with basic how-tos for writing information and variables display, IF statements, loops and arrays, e-mail and form scripts, with related resources and suggested reading.
Info4PHP.com - PHP programming guide with downloadable scripts, codes and sources with online tutorials and related resources.
PHP Builder - An excellent resource for learning PHP with how-to articles, code library, busy online forum, as well as job postings and related resources.