Getting started with PHP

on 10 September 2010

PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is a general-purpose server-side scripting language that is especially suited for web development and to produce dynamic web pages. PHP code can be embedded into the HTML source document and is interpreted by a web server with a PHP processor module, which generates the web page document.

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PHP is installed on more than 20 million websites and 1 million web servers and is a competitor to Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP) server-side script engine.

PHP was developed by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995 and is free software released under the PHP License.

Getting Started

I like PHP. The biggest social networking site Facebook is made in PHP.

I am not going to explain PHP in details here, I will just give you some resources so that you can start your journey in the PHP world quickly.

First you will need to download PHP. Download the latest versions of PHP from here:

Check out a repository which provides a great deal of useful information:

The latest updated PHP manual:

Hundreds of ready-to-use PHP programs for your web site:


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