PHP 101:Introduction to PHP

PHP 101:Introduction to PHP

Ever wondered how dynamic websites work? Websites that greet you by name, recommend products, or store your shopping cart? The magic behind them is often PHP, a powerful scripting language.

What is PHP?

PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor. It seamlessly integrates with HTML to create interactive web experiences.

Brief History of PHP

Born in the mid-1990s, PHP has come a long way from its humble origins. Originally created by Danish-Canadian programmer Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP was initially a simple set of Common Gateway Interface (CGI) binaries written in the C programming language. Over time, it evolved into a robust scripting language with a vast community of developers contributing to its growth.

Why Learn PHP?

Learning PHP unlocks a world of possibilities:

  • Build dynamic websites and web applications.

  • Personalize user experiences.

  • Process user input from forms.

  • Connect to databases to store and manage information.

Whether you're a complete beginner or have some coding experience, PHP is an excellent choice to kickstart your web development journey. Stay tuned for the next parts of this series where we'll set up your development environment.