Using PHP to Provide Database-Driven Content to Web Pages

You might be wondering whether writing your own web applications from scratch is the only way to include database-driven content in your dynamic pages, or if there’s a better and cleaner way, analogous to using Microsoft’s ASP or Adobe/Macromedia’s ColdFusion. The answer is yes, there is. It’s called PHP, which originally stood for “Personal Home Page” but now is itself the official name of an open-source HTML preprocessing framework that has become very widely used throughout the UNIX web-hosting world. PHP’s official website is

PHP consists of commands that can be embedded into HTML, and they are parsed out in much the same way that server-side includes are parsed ...

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