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What is PHP and what is its use?

16th February 2011
By shilpa dws in Internet Law
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PHP is a scripting language and it is especially used for web development since it can be embedded into HTML. The PHP code is executed in the server and the HTML is generated and then it is sent to the client. Though the client will get the result but will never know the underlying code. It is extremely simple and have various advanced features.

There are various uses of PHP and these are:

Access to database: You can use PHP with MySQL and MySQL has become a part of PHP. PHP can access any SQL or ODBC database and can read and write information in these databases. Thus there has arrived various online applications which want data storage on the server.

Access to files: The best usage of PHP is in reading and writing files. Also with PHP you are able to do the basic maintenance of the file and the directory. Thus you can edit the documents remotely. You can also use PHP for searching flat file collections so that you can find out a particular file or the information stored in a file. Also PHP can take content from any file and then generate files in various forms such as PDF and HTML. With this tool you can process XML for the distribution of HTTP.

Application Control: PHP is designed as an application control language and it can also be used as a scripting language in the applications like MS Word and MS Excel.
Use in graphics: PHP can be used in managing graphic content too. You can use PHP for creating various graphs and charts and also to create the GIF and the PNG images. Thus you can add texts to any button template.

Extensible: Since PHP is written in C therefore its underlying source can be expanded. Also since it is an open source language therefore such expansion is easily allowed.

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