PHP
Posted on: July 10, 2010 at 12:00 AM
PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor; PHP is server-side scripting language for development of web applications.

PHP

PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor; PHP is server-side scripting language for development of web applications. PHP powerful and robust programming language. It is open source and its major implementations are Zend Engine, Roadsend PHP, Phalanger, Quercus, Project Zero and HipHop framework.

PHP is designed for the development of dynamic web applications, but it can also run as console applications. You can write PHP applications and run it as cron job on Linux, Unix, Solaris and Mac servers.

PHP code is embedded into HTML pages, it is then processed by the PHP engine and dynamic output id generator to the users.

History of PHP

Rasmus Lerdof created a language in the Year 1995 and called it "Personal Home Page/Forms Interpreter". or PHP/FI for short. Then PHP/FI 2.0 was introduced. In the year 1997 PHP 3 was released with many new features and improved functionalities. Another big achievement of PHP 3 was its tight integration with the Apache web server with the help of PHP Apache Module.

The Version 4.0 (Release Candidate 1) was release on 27-Mar-2000 with major improvements and many new features.

The version 5 of the very successfully PHP framework was released on July 13, 2004. It is powered with the new Zend Engine II. The PHP 5 fearues are:

  • improved support for object-oriented programming
  • PHP Data Objects (PDO) extension
  • Many performance enhancements
  • Late static binding added in version 5.3

PHP Implementations

The implementations of the PHP framework are:

Uses of PHP

PHP is being used to write dynamic applications for the websites and web portals.

  1. Developing the dynamic website
  2. Accessing database using PHP libraries
  3. Handling and manipulating files
  4. Image processing
  5. Once of the robust framework for developing web applications
  6. Writing batch processing applications, it can be scheduled to run by the cron job scheduler
  7. Generate PDF files with the PHP PDF libraries

Writing a simple PHP program

You can embedded PHP code into your html file and save it as .php or .php3 extensions. Then you can upload the page on the apache server and execute it by typing the url of the page into web browser. Here is the simple example of PHP that prints "Hello PHP" message on browser.

<html>
 <head>
 <title>Hello PHP</title>
 </head>
 <body>
 <?php
 echo "Hello PHP";
 ?>
 </body>
</html>
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