PHP is used for building dynamic websites and web applications. Almost any type of website can be made with PHP. It is used for fast web development. 70% websites that are running live over the internet are PHP based. Some of the major cms platforms like Wordpress, Magento, Joomla and Drupal are all made using PHP. The biggest social network, Facebook is also made using PHP. Learning Curve is also easy for the language.
PHP is generally used in websites where user management is required such as in social networks, online shopping websites. Along with PHP other technologies like Microsoft’s ASP and JSP are also popular but when lightweight web applications are required PHP is often the choice of most developers. JSP is prominently used where more security is required like in a banking system.
PHP follows both style of programming – Procedural as well as object oriented. One feature that make PHP standout is the ease with which it can be included within html. As far as server is considered, Linux servers are by far the popular choice among the developer community. PHP is an open source language and it is being actively developed by the developer community. The main company behind PHP is Zend which is also known for its popular Zend Framework. Other Popular PHP frameworks include Larvel, YII, Cake PHP, CodeIgniter, Symfony.
MySql is most commonly used as a database along with PHP. MySql is a scalable database that is suitable for small applications as well as enterprise level applications. PHP used with MySql makes dynamic websites. MySql is a SQL – Structured Query Language based database. There are other database options like mongodb.
PHP is a server side scripting language. This means that the code written in PHP is invisible to the browser. PHP is a recursive acronym where the first ‘P’ stands for PHP (Personal Home Pages) Hypertext Preprocessor.