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PHP Overview
PHP3PHP is a popular freeware web applications development tool. The newest version of PHP, PHP 4, became available on May 22, 2000, and offers improved performance, scalability, features, and extendiblity.

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, PHP 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.

    NOTE: PHP4 has a large list of known bugs. Please consult the PHP Bug Reporting list if you are finding strange behavior from your PHP4 modules. Some of the more apparent bugs involve multiple file uploads, url rewriting during session handling, and occasional zombies using backtick execution. If any of your existing PHP3 applications rely on some of these features, be sure to test them before making a full commitment to PHP4.
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Installing PHP 4 as a Dynamic Module

Installing PHP 4 as a CGI


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Php3: Programming Browser-Based Applications

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