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Chapter 20. PHP and MySQL > Introducing PHP

Introducing PHP

PHP stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. The first version of the application was developed in the early 1990s as a quick, lightweight scripting language for building dynamic Web pages. The inventors of the language originally modeled PHP on Perl and C, so programmers familiar with these languages will have absolutely no problem with PHP. Over the years, however, it has evolved into a much more versatile scripting language that can perform many of the same functions as VBScript and JavaScript.

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If you haven't done it already, now is a good time to download and install the PHP parser application. You can download the binaries from http://www.php.net/ in the downloads section. Pay careful attention to download the appropriate file. Windows users should be aware that the version that includes the installer will also configure IIS for you (a nice feature for novice users.)



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