Chapter 1The Anatomy of Web Requests

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of setting up a good PHP environment, you need an understanding of how web requests actually work. This chapter will explain what happens when you punch a web address into your browser and receive a result. We’ll avoid being too technical―there’s no need to explain the nuts and bolts, as it would likely only confuse you. Instead, it will be a newbie-friendly explanation on how all the various aspects of web development and web consumption come together and create the Web you know and love. The main purpose of this chapter is to teach you where your programming language of choice (in this case, PHP) comes into play, and which parts of the mysterious web request it affects. ...

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