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PHP 5 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Jon Stephens, Frank M. Kromann, Nathan A. Good, Lee Babin

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CHAPTER 1Overview of PHP Data Types and Concepts

PHP began life as a way to manage a small personal website and was imagined and realized by just one man, Ramsus Lerdorf. Originally dubbed Personal Home Page Tools, PHP quickly evolved over the years from the basic scripting engine for a personal website into a highly competitive, extremely robust code engine that is deployed on millions of websites across the globe. PHP's fast, effective engine; its widespread, open-source developer base; and its platform flexibility have all come together to create one of the world's most effective online scripting languages.

Throughout the years PHP has continued to improve on its foundations, providing increased functionality and scalability. Because of PHP's ...

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