What's needed to get into PHP?

PHP is a widely-used scripting language intended for use in web pages to create dynamic content.

PHP runs on a web server, which interprets the PHP scripts behind the scenes and sends the results to the client. The client may not even know that a script was used to produce the contents of the webpage that they are viewing.

Although PHP is considered to be a simple language, it comes with an extensive list of features that allow it to be used in thousands of different ways to enhance websites and web applications. These uses include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Solving Math Problems
  • Parsing Text
  • Formatting, Manipulating and Displaying Current Dates & Times
  • Handling Form Data
  • Sending & Receiving Cookies to store handy information on the user's computer
  • Collecting Information About Your Website's Visitors
  • Tools to Read From & Write Data to Databases
  • Creating/Modifying Images with PHP extensions like GD; or crreating SVG
  • Creating Shopping Carts
  • Interacting With a Secure 3rd Party to Pay For Online Merchandise

Requirement to run PHP are either one of the following two options: either a web host that supports PHP; or a web server and PHP installed on your own computer.

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