PHP stands for PHP hypertext preprocessor. It is an open-source scripting/coding language. The code is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. The goal of this language is to allow web developers to write dynamically generated pages quickly. It is a server-side language and executed on the server. PHP is open-source, and therefore free to download, install, and use.
The programming language enables developers to create dynamic pages, collect data, and send/receive cookies. PHP can create a file, delete, edit, read, and close this file directly on the server. We need three specific variables to make the code function accordingly: PHP Parser, web servers, web browser. The webserver is used for PHP installation and the web browser is used to display the output of the code.
The extension of PHP files is “.PHP”
The main thing is: a lot of code is already written in PHP – therefore making it quick and cheap development solution. Furthermore, PHP supports many types of databases like MySQL, MongoDB, etc. However, it is not as good as the newer more efficient languages, such as, Python. This is because it is outdated.
For using PHP we do need a server. If you don’t have a server, then we need local servers like xampp, wamp, etc. Furthermore, we need a web browser like Chrome, Firefox, opera, etc. Then we need a console. We will write PHP code like Atom, Adobe Dreamweaver, or any console that supports PHP.
We would strongly recommend using this only for smaller applications as a budgeted solution.