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What Is PHP?

PHP, or PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor (with the other PHP meaning Personal HomePage), is a computer language that was designed to collect basic web site data about traffic. PHP is made from a small set of binaries. 1997 was the year when two Israelis rewrote the parser and changed the name to its current acronym, which came about because of the perception that “hypertext preprocessor” is a more desirable name especially in the world of business.

PHP can be found in various open source libraries that are included with the core build. The various extensions were developed in order to help the PHP interact with various systems. This includes IRC, various compression formats, and the Windows API. There are also other extensions that have been created to allow PHP to generate different file formats as needed, for example, extensions that allow for the creation of Macromedia Flash content.

From PHP’s version 3, a number of object oriented capabilities have been integrated into it. PHP’s Version 5 further beefed up certain parts of PHP’s functionality in order to address observed limitations. At present, PHP already possesses impressive object oriented features and functionalities, this include different interfaces, destructions, exceptions and abstracts.

The popularity of PHP officially became wide spread with the release of Version 4, which was officially unveiled to the public in 2000. By 2004, PHP version 5 was officially released and it is now widely acknowledged as the top language employed for scripting from the side of the server.

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