What is PHP?

PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor (no, the acronym doesn’t follow the name). It is an open source, server-side, scripting language used for the development of web applications. The goal of the language is to allow Web developers to write dynamically generated pages quickly and easily. PHP is also great for creating database-driven Web sites.Web pages can be designed using HTML. With HTML, the execution of the code is done on the user’s browser (client-side). On the other hand, with PHP server-side scripting language, it is executed on the server before it gets to the web browser of the user.

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Advantages of PHP:

  • It runs on different platforms such as Windows, Linux, Unix, etc.
  • This language is very simple to learn and runs efficiently on the server side.
  • It is compatible with almost all servers used today,such as Apache, IIS, etc.
  • It supports many databases such as MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL etc.
  • It is perfectly suited for Web development and can be embedded directly into the HTML code.
  • PHP can also be used to create dynamic web pages.
  • It is often used together with Apache (web server) on various operating systems. It can be also used with Microsoft’s IIS on Windows.
  • It is open source language.

Frameworks In PHP:

Laravel

Laravel is a PHP web application MVC framework with expressive, elegant syntax, aiming to take the pain out of web development by easing common tasks, such as authentication, routing, sessions and caching.With Composer you can manage all your application’s third-party packages, and works great on MySQL, Postgres, SQL Server, and SQLite.

CODEIGNITER

CodeIgniter is a powerful PHP framework with a small footprint, built for those who required a simple, yet elegant toolkit to build fully-featured web applications. As CodeIgniter uses the MVC controller approach, it allows for great separation between logic and presentation, particularly useful for projects in which designers are working on template files.

CAKEPHP

CakePHP enables you to build web applications faster, using code generation features to rapidly build prototypes.It comes packaged with clean MVC conventions, to guide you in developing your . CakePHP also comes with built-in tools for validation and protection against SQL injection, form tampering and more, to help keep your application safe and secure.

SYMFONY

Symfony is a PHP framework to speed up the creation and maintenance of your web applications. It provides a set of prefabricated components that can be rapidly integrated into your application, combined with a clear methodology to help you work both efficiently and effectively on the most complex tasks.

YIIFRAMEWORK

YiiFramework is a modern PHP framework with OOP deain system inside. Besides easy to install, it’s also highly extensible, enabling you to fit what you need. There are several tools that can help you easily tune your web application for better performance. Yii has built in integration with a great PHP testing framework, CodeCeption, to test your application easier and faster.

Top Sites Using PHP

Facebook

Social Media King, is built on PHP.

Wikipedia

The most reliable source of information on the internet is made on PHP.

Yahoo

The search Engine is also done with PHP.

Flickr

PHP is the power behind the world’s busiest photo sharing site that hosts over 5 billion images.

WordPress

WordPress makes the best use of most resourceful features offered by PHP to make its offerings richer from time to time.

PHP Features

Simple

It is very simple and easy to use, compare to other scripting language it is very simple and easy, this is widely used all over the world.

Interpreted

It is an interpreted language, i.e. there is no need for compilation.

Faster

It is faster than other scripting language e.g. asp and jsp.

Open Source

Open source means you no need to pay for use php, you can free download and use.

Platform Independent

PHP code will be run on every platform, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Windows.

Case Sensitive

PHP is case sensitive scripting language at time of variable declaration. In PHP, all keywords (e.g. if, else, while, echo, etc.), classes, functions, and user-defined functions are NOT case-sensitive.

Error Reporting

PHP have some predefined error reporting constants to generate a warning or error notice.

Loosely Typed Language

PHP supports variable usage without declaring its data type. It will be taken at the time of the execution based on the type of data it has on its value.

Future Scope of PHP

Many professionals in top companies prefer PHP for web application development.PHP is also a low cost web development tool and as a result companies prefer it more.

1.Visibility over internet

If you browse the internet you can very well find many websites with extension ‘.php’. This itself is a clear sign of its popularity. Currently, a PHP page is a common part of web applications and is one of the popular languages used by developers worldwide for website development. If we surf the internet, we can find millions of sites built with php and mysql.

  1.  PHP in blogging

Great blogs are built in WordPress which is also designed by PHP

Blogs are best content sharing sites in the internet world. Many persons operate these blogs with minimum technical knowledge. This is possible only with simple languages like php.

  1.  CMS supporting PHP

Hundreds if not, thousands of CMS that support PHP is available on the internet for download like symphony, Joomla, Magento, Drupal etc.

CMS that support PHP help in publishing a website easily. So this can be taken as a good move for the future of PHP.

  1.  PHP and MySQL

A combination of PHP and MySQL is used in the majority of web application development.

Web application development is made simple even for a non-technical person with the combination of PHP and MySQL database.

  1.  Simplicity of PHP

PHP’s simplicity is what makes it future bright because other languages are more complex than PHP.

PHP came to the forefront after overtaking many powerful languages. This shows that PHP will be there for a long time.

  1.  Regular updates in PHP

Regularly new technologies and new frameworks are being developed to modify the usage of PHP.              

New frameworks that support PHP coding are coming into existence regularly which is move towards PHP future.

Object-oriented based frameworks like Zend is working like a booster for PHP web application development.

CMS that supports PHP provides extendable plug-ins to add to the feature of using PHP.

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