PHP is a powerful server-side scripting language for creating dynamic and interactive websites. PHP is perfectly suited for Web development and can be embedded directly into the HTML code. The PHP syntax is very similar to Perl and C.
PHP stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. PHP is the widely-used, free, and efficient. PHP is often used together with Apache (web server) on various operating systems. PHP files may contain text, HTML tags and scripts .PHP files are returned to the browser as plain HTML.
The advantages of PHP are,
- The beauty of PHP lies in its simplicity.
- PHP also runs on just about every platform including most UNIX, Macs and Windows versions.
- It is typically used as an Apache module, written in C, so it loads and executes quickly
- PHP offers many levels of security to prevent malicious attacks. These security levels can be adjusted in the .ini file.
PHP has tons of server interfaces, database interfaces and other modules available. Of the server interfaces, PHP can load into Apache, IIS, Roxen, THTTPD and AOLserver. It can also be run as a CGI module. Database interfaces are available for MySQL, MS SQL, Informix, Oracle and plenty of others. If a database is not supported, ODBC is an option.