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Core PHP Programming: Using PHP to Build Dynamic Web Sites by Leon Atkinson

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What Makes PHP Better than Its Alternatives

The skeptics are asking themselves, "Why should I learn PHP?" The days of static Web sites built with HTML files and a few CGI scripts are over: Today's sites must be dynamic. All the stale company brochures littering the streets of the Internet will transform into 24-hour virtual storefronts or be swept away. The toughest decision facing the creator of a Web application is choosing from hundreds of technologies.

Perl has adapted well to being a CGI solution and it has been used to drive complex Web technology like CyberCash and Excite's EWS search engine. Microsoft provides its Active Server Pages with Internet Information Server. Middleware like Allaire's Cold Fusion is yet another solution. ServerWatch.com ...

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