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"This week we take a break from TCP/IP ports and sashay back into the realm of languages. Our target is PHP, a language that has come a long way from its humble roots as a set of macros for building personal home pages on Web servers. Today, PHP is a server-side scripting language that is officially called PHP: HyperText Preprocessor."

"PHP is an amalgam of several languages - much of its syntax is borrowed from C, C++, Java and Perl. What's so great about PHP? Well, the fact that it's free helps (www.php.net), but there's more: PHP is open source; runs under Win32, Macintosh, Unix and Linux with all leading Web servers; it's easy to learn and use; and the latest version, PHP4, runs as fast as Microsoft's Active Server Pages technology." This week we take a break from TCP/IP ports and sashay back into the realm of languages. Our target is PHP, a language that has come a long way from its humble roots as a set of macros for building personal home pages on Web servers. Today, PHP is a server-side scripting language that is officially called PHP: HyperText Preprocessor.

This article was originally published on Jan 31, 2001
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