PHP stands for: Hypertext Preprocessor.

  • PHP is a server-side scripting language, like ASP
  • PHP scripts are executed on the server
  • PHP supports many databases (MySQL, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Solid, PostgreSQL, Generic ODBC, etc.)
  • It is free and open source.

Here are some of the things we have been doing with PHP:

  • Email Forms
  • Includes – Assume that you have a standard header file, called “header.php”. To include the header file in a page, use the include() function
  • MySQL Database implementation
  • Cookies and Cookie detection – used for displays and password protection.

I was having trouble working with dates in PHP. Specifically, I wanted to be able to find out programatically what is today’s date – which is easy, tomorrow’s date, next week, a week from tomorrow, etc. In case you find this useful, it’s at

Author: Steph

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