The Origins of PHP
What Makes PHP Better than Its Alternatives
Interfaces to External Systems
How PHP Works with the Web Server
Hardware and Software Requirements
Installation on Apache for UNIX
Installation on IIS for Windows NT
What a PHP Script Looks Like
Saving Data for Later
Receiving User Input
Choosing between Alternatives
This chapter will introduce you to PHP. You will learn how it came about, what it looks like, and why it is the best server-side technology. You will also be exposed to the most important features of the language.
PHP began as a simple macro replacement tool. Like a nice pair of shoes, it got you where you needed to go, but ...