PHP is one of the few available server sides scripting language which has been designed specifically for the Web. Each time a page visited the PHP code embedded by the PHP developer in that HTML page gets executed. The code implemented and interpreted at the web server and further it generates output as HTML or in other user viewable formats. PHP developers can use, alter and redistribute the source code without having to pay for the code as PHP is an open source project. PHP programmers originally named it as an abbreviation for Personal Home Page but later in accordance with the GNU convention it has been changed to Hypertext Preprocessor.
Reason for Using PHP
Some key points the PHP developer has to understand before starting to build. They are:
- Hardware for the web server
- An operating system
- Web server software
- A database management system
- A programming or scripting system
Some Basic Advantages of PHP
For PHP programmers, performance is based on many aspects and the top most of those aspects is time. Using PHP the PHP developers can develop websites at a rapid pace. The process of PHP development can be done using a single server which will reduce the cost of development. The increased pace of developing enable the PHP programmers to develop more codes in less time.
PHP is considered as a “share-nothing” architecture which is an interfaced platform which does not duplicate any of its components or entities which helps the PHP developers in decreasing in inconsistencies. This also enables the PHP developer developing the website can effectively and cost efficiently integrate horizontal scaling with large number of commodity servers.
Integration of Databases
PHP can be connected to many databases systems via native connections. In addition to MySQL a PHP programmer can use PostgreSQL, Oracle, dbm, FilePro, DB2, HyperWave, Informix, Interwave and Sybase database. The built-in SQL interface to a flat file called SQLite.
These efficient advantages of PHP are the main reason for many PHP developers and PHP programmers to opt for PHP for developing their websites.