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PHP introduction

6 November 2009 by Keshav Shetty 4,307 views No Comment

The PHP Hypertext Preprocessor.

The initial version PHP was written by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995 and known as PHP/FI i.e Personal Home Page / Forms Interpreter.

Over the period of 15 years PHP evolved into major and great language for web development, latest 5.0+ version supports object model.

Today it is preferred language for data-driven web application, its popularity grown to such an extent that today it is hosted over 30 million web site which accounts for over 20% of the domains on the Internet

For the complete history visit php history

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Some of the best feature of PHP are

  • Performance – Compare to other language in same web development category like JSP, ASP etc, PHP is the fastest and highly optimized web development language (Actually it is interprester)
  • Open source & Support – entirely developed by open source community, freely available and millions of developers community to help
  • Portability – Today php interpreter available almost all OS and platform which includes Unix, Linux, Windows, Mac etc
  • Easy to learn and master
  • Supports various third party application

Few of the most popular web applications which are completeley written in php are

  1. WordPress (http://www.wordpress.org/)
  2. phpBB (http://www.phpbb.com/)
  3. phpMyAdmin (http://www.phpmyadmin.net/) and many more

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