If you want to learn the basics of PHP, then you’ve come to the right place. The goal of this tutorial is to teach you the basics of PHP so that you can:
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PHP stands for PHP Hypertext Preprocessor.
Taken directly from PHP’s home, PHP.net. “PHP is an HTML-embedded scripting language. Much of its syntax is borrowed from C, Java and Perl with a couple of unique PHP-specific features thrown in. The goal of the language is to allow web developers to write dynamically generated pages quickly.”
This is generally a good definition of PHP. However, it does contain a lot of terms you may not be used to. Another way to think of PHP is a powerful, behind the scenes scripting language that your visitors won’t see!
When someone visits your PHP webpage, your web server processes the PHP code. It then sees which parts it needs to show to visitors(content and pictures) and hides the other stuff(file operations, math calculations, etc.) then translates your PHP into HTML. After the translation into HTML, it sends the webpage to your visitor’s web browser.
It is also helpful to think of PHP in terms of what it can do for you. PHP will allow you to:
Before starting this tutorial it is important that you have a basic understanding and experience in the following:
This tutorial is aimed at the PHP novice and will teach you PHP from the ground up. If you want a drive-through PHP tutorial this probably is not the right tutorial for you.
Remember, you should not try to plow through this tutorial in one sitting. Read a couple lessons, take a break, then do some more after the information has had some time to sink in.
If you would rather download the PDF of this tutorial, check out our PHP eBook from the Tizag.com store. Print it out, write all over it, post your favorite lessons all over your wall!
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