PHP is a server-side, cross-platform, HTML embedded scripting
language. PHP is a scripting language like Perl, Python or Tcl. It is
most popular module for Apache and this is due to a variety
PHP has a modular design. There are modules that provide support for:
- Learning curve is quite low
- Great documentation
- Extensive database support
and many more. You only need to compile/use the modules you need.
- Database connetivity for Oracle, ODBC, mySQL, mSQL, PostgreSQL,
MS-SQL server... and many more, check the
- XML support
- File transfer: FTP
- Directory support: LDAP
- Mail support: IMAP, POP3, NNTP
- PDF document generation
PHP can be used with Apache, as an external CGI or with other webservers.
It is crossplatform and it runs on most flavors of Unix and Windows.
If you come from a Windows background, you probably have used Internet
Information Server with Active Server Pages and MS-SQL Server. A common
replacement in the Unix world for this trio is Apache with PHP and mySQL.
Since PHP works:
you have a nice migration path from a Microsoft-centric solution to more
secure, stable, high performance Unix based solutions (like
- with Apache and with Microsoft IIS
- with mySQL and with MS-SQL server
- on Unix and on Windows