PHP is a powerful, modern, and flexible programming language well-suited to internet tasks and a variety of other environments
But that does not always make it the best choice - you should always carefully consider your choice of language before starting a project
There are a variety of real business benefits to using PHP - don't let others fob you off with poor excuses such as "it's free - it cannot be good!"
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Jump to: Introducing PHP History Background Early versions of PHP Current release Upgrading from PHP 3 Upgrading from PHP 4 The creators of PHP The Zend Relationship Advantages of PHP The HTML relationship Interpreting vs. Compiling Output Control Performance Competing Languages When to use PHP When not to use PHP Selling PHP to your boss Extending PHP PEAR Running PHP scripts How PHP is written Whitespace Escape sequences Heredoc Brief introduction to variable types Code blocks Opening and closing code islands Comments Conditional statements Case switching Loops Infinite loops Special loop keywords Loops within loops Mixed-mode processing Including other files Abnormal script termination Editing your PHP configuration Summary Exercises Further reading Next chapter
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