- 14-Ago-2007: First english version
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What is PHP?
PHP is a script language, often used in web development. Its site is www.php.net.
Tutorials on PHP
- The official PHP manual can be found at www.php.net/manual/ and you can download it in www.php.net/download-docs.php.
PHP development environments
- You can download the latest version of the PHP interpreter at www.php.net/downloads.php. There is an executable for Windows, and sources so that you can recompile it for other operting systems.
- If you are going to develop web applications, you might be interested in installing a web server (as Apache) and maybe even a database management tool (as MySQL). There are several compilations with such tools. One of them, which also includes a few other tools, as PhpMyAdmin) is EasyPHP. Version 1.8 has been available since march of 2005. Since December 2006 there is a beta of 2.0.
- A similar project is WAMP ("Windows +Apache+MySQL+Php"). The latest version at january 2007 was WAMP 5 1.6.6, based on PHP 5.2.0 and MySQL 5.0.27.
- Another: XAMPP. In its site you can find versions for Windows, Linux, MacOS X and Solaris. They have a "Lite" distribution, which includes PHP, MySQL, PhpMyAdmin, OpenSSL, and a "normal" distribution, which adds mail and FTP servers, Zend optimizer, etc.
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Other links on PHP
- Its official site is www.php.net.
- You can create graphics from PHP using libraries like PHP-GTK or WinBinder.
- There are several tools that allow the creation of executables from PHP sources, so that you can distribute your programs and they can be used with no need for an interpreter. For example: Bambalam andPHC-Win (instructions in its wiki)
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