January 22, 2001, 1:45 PM —
Last week we started looking at the Web server scripting language PHP. As we saw, the open source language is not only wildly popular, but also supported by a range of commercial tools. Add to that a great support site and a tremendous library of documentation and you can see why PHP is so highly regarded.
So PHP looks good, but what is the language really about?
Well, remember that PHP is a scripting language so its role is to augment the functionality of Web servers when it comes to dynamically handling content. The PHP interpreter runs as a Common Gateway Interface application or, on Microsoft