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David PowersPHP 7 Solutionshttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-4338-1_1

1. What Is PHP—And Why Should I Care?

David Powers1 
London, UK

PHP is often described by its critics as one of the worst programming languages, yet it’s also one of the most popular. It helps power Google, Yahoo, and Wikipedia, among others. According to Web Technology Surveys ( https://w3techs.com/technologies/details/pl-php/all/all ), it’s deployed on more than four in every five web sites that use a server-side language. So, PHP has obviously got something going for it. Indeed, it has. PHP was specifically designed for building dynamic web sites. It’s free; it has a very gentle learning curve; and this book will show you how to put it to practical use. ...

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