It's pretty hard to find a website these days that doesn't use some kind of server-side scripting and database. So many different options are available, from commercial products to open source products, that it can be really daunting to decide which direction you want to go. In the case of web servers, web scripting languages, and databases, the open source alternatives are just as good (and in some cases even better than) the commercial options.

This chapter isn't going to walk you through the syntax of each of the various languages, and it isn't an instruction manual about how to set up and configure your servers. It is a guide to some of the different options available, as well as an explanation of ...

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