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PHP is a popular freeware web applications development tool. PHP includes an HTML-embedded scripting language and a server-side preprocessor that interprets the HTML-embedded code in order to create dynamically generated web pages.

PHP includes support for various databases, including mSQL, MySQL, and PostgreSQL, and is commonly used for the development of database enabled web sites. Many people find the embedded nature much easier to deal with than trying to create separate HTML and CGI files.

Like other preprocessed, html-embedded scripting languages, it has many of the more useful features of Perl but is designed for HTML development in mind. It eliminates the need for numerous small Perl CGI programs by allowing you to place simple scripts directly in your HTML files. This speeds up the overall performance of your web pages since the overhead of forking Perl several times has been eliminated. It also makes it easier to manage large web sites by placing all components of a web page in a single html file. Similar tools commercially available include Miva, Aestiva HTML/OS, and Meta-HTML PRO.

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Building Database Applications on the Web Using PHP3
Building Database Applications on the Web Using PHP3


PHP Pocket Reference
PHP Pocket Reference


Php3: Programming Browser-Based Applications
Php3: Programming Browser-Based Applications

Professional PHP Programming
Professional Php Programming


PHP3 and MySQL Web Development
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