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PHP 101 (part 1): Down The Rabbit Hole
Get started with PHP, the hottest new scripting language on the block.

| The Right Environment |

PHP is typically used in combination with a Web server like Apache. Requests for PHP scripts are received by the Web server, and are handled by the PHP interpreter. The results obtained after execution are returned to the Web server, which takes care of transmitting them to the client browser. Within the PHP script itself, the sky's the limit - your script can perform calculations, process user input, interact with a database, read and write files... Basically, anything you can do with a regular programming language, you can do inside your PHP scripts.

From the above, it is clear that in order to begin using PHP, you need to have a proper development environment set up.

This series will focus on using PHP with the Apache Web server on Linux, but you can just as easily use PHP with Apache on Windows, UNIX and Mac OS. Detailed instructions on how to set up this development environment on each platform are available in the online manual, at http://www.php.net/manual/en/installation.php - or you can just download a copy of PHP 5.x from http://www.php.net and read the installation instructions.

Go do that now, and come back when you've successfully installed and tested PHP.


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