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 w3schools.com/php/php_date.asp