ChapterÂ 1.Â The Basics of PHP
PHP IS THE MOST POPULAR WEB-DEVELOPMENT language in the world. According to estimates compiled in April 2004, there are over fifteen million unique domainsâand almost two million unique IPsâon the World Wide Web that reside on servers where PHP is supported and used.
The term âPHPâ is actually a ârecursive acronymâ that stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. It might look a bit odd, but it is quite clever, if you think of it. PHP is a âscripting languageââa language intended for interpretation and execution rather than compilation such as, for example, C.
The fact that PHP is interpreted and not compiled, however, does not mean that it is incapable of meeting the demands of todayâs highly intensive ...