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{مارچ 10, 2006}   First Lecture

A PHP file may contain text, HTML tags and scripts. Scripts in a PHP file are executed on the server. 


What you should already know  

Before you continue you should have some basic understanding of the following: 

  • WWW, HTML and the basics of building Web pages 
  • Some scripting knowledge 

If you want to study these subjects, go to our Home Page 


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 (OSS) 
  • PHP is free to download and use 

What is a PHP File?  

  • PHP files may 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 small database server 
  • MySQL is ideal for small and medium 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 (means that 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: www.php.net 
  • PHP is easy to learn and runs efficiently on the server side 

Where to Start?  

  • Install an Apache server on a Windows or Linux machine 
  • Install PHP on a Windows or Linux machine 
  • Install MySQL on a Windows or Linux machine 
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