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    Default PHP Introduction

    What is PHP?

    • PHP stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
    • PHP is a server-side scripting language, like ASP
    • PHP scripts are executed on the server
    • PHP supports many databases (MySQL, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Solid, PostgreSQL, Generic ODBC, etc.)
    • PHP is an open source software
    • PHP is free to download and use

    What is a PHP File?

    • PHP files can contain text, HTML tags and scripts
    • PHP files are returned to the browser as plain HTML
    • PHP files have a file extension of ".php", ".php3", or ".phtml"

    What is MySQL?

    • MySQL is a database server
    • MySQL is ideal for both small and large applications
    • MySQL supports standard SQL
    • MySQL compiles on a number of platforms
    • MySQL is free to download and use

    PHP + MySQL

    • PHP combined with MySQL are cross-platform (you can develop in Windows and serve on a Unix platform)

    Why PHP?

    • PHP runs on different platforms (Windows, Linux, Unix, etc.)
    • PHP is compatible with almost all servers used today (Apache, IIS, etc.)
    • PHP is FREE to download from the official PHP resource:
    • PHP is easy to learn and runs efficiently on the server side

    Where to Start?

    To get access to a web server with PHP support, you can:

    • Install Apache (or IIS) on your own server, install PHP, and MySQL
    • Or find a web hosting plan with PHP and MySQL support

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    What do you Need?

    If your server supports PHP you don't need to do anything.
    Just create some .php files in your web directory, and the server will parse them for you. Because it is free, most web hosts offer PHP support.
    However, if your server does not support PHP, you must install PHP.
    Here is a link to a good tutorial from on how to install PHP5: PHP: Installation and Configuration - Manual
    Download PHP

    Download PHP for free here: PHP: Downloads
    Download MySQL Database

    Download MySQL for free here: Search Results: index.html
    Download Apache Server

    Download Apache for free here: Download - The Apache HTTP Server Project

    by: w3schools

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    Downloading and installing these software are a mess and newbie will
    mostly end up with a sorry face....

    The best way is to download a wamp server and install like any other
    software. boom boom boom... your php files will work like a charm.

    By the way... one simple question,

    hey! "iranjava " what's going on here? Already I have seen some
    php tutorial thread here. Is there any new tutorial is starting? or a new trend

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    Well thanks for posting your experience...I am learning PHP ..PHP Freaks is a website dedicated to learning and teachingPHP...

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