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Advantages of PHP

by nForms on November 27, 2011

PHP or Hypertext Preprocessor is a popular and the general scripting language used in conjunction with HTML for producing the dynamic web pages. It was originally created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995 and has been in the continuous process of development since then. It is an open-source scripting language and has so far been deployed on 20000000 websites and 1 million web servers. This alone clearly indicates the importance and significance of PHP in the market. It can be installed and run on any website or operating system at free of charge.

Besides, PHP is very easy to use, if you have knowledge about C language, it would be very flexible for programmers. Even HTML coders can integrate PHP in to their dynamic web pages.

Features of PHP:

Following are some of the key characteristics of PHP.

HTTP authentication with PHP Cookies Sessions Dealing with XForms Handling file uploads Error Messages Explained Common Pitfalls Uploading multiple files PUT method support Using remote files Connection handling Persistent Database Connections Safe Mode Functions restricted/disabled by safe mode Using PHP from the command line

Advantages of PHP:

Unlike HTML, XML and ASP, PHP also has its own advantages.

Capable of handling heavy traffic websites: One of the important features of PHP is that it’s capable of handling large and heavy traffic websites. It has a lot of in-built features which can handle the websites with tremendous traffic. It also simplifies all the common web programming tasks. Easy to use: Websites that are designed and built is always easy to use in comparison to ASP of Microsoft.

Php allows the users to design and develop the websites at their own discretion. This enables the users to modify their websites according to their preferences. It enhances a company’s productivity and reduces lot of time consumption while promoting our products and services on internet.

Open-Source Language: PHP is one of the best examples for open source language.

The advantage with is that the source code of PHP is always available to the public. In contrary, source code of the products like Microsoft’s ASP cannot be found in the public domains.

Keeping the source code in the public domains helps the individuals exchange the code with one and another for better performence.

Collective efforts always result in rapid technological enhancement, soffesticated code quality, huge sum of libraries with all prewritten documents to provide  the comprehensive understanding about the product or the service.

Connective abilities: Another key advantage of PHP is that it uses a modular system of extentions to interface with a variety of libraries like incryption, XML, and graphics. Inaddition, the programmers can extend PHP by writing some EXE files or directly create an EXE file and load it on to a web page.

Besides, PHP also has a lot of server interfaces, database interfaces. In the server interfaces, PHP can load into Apache, IIS, Roxen, THTTPD and AOLserver. It can also be run as a CGI module. Database interfaces are available for MySQL, MS SQL, Informix, Oracle and plenty of others. If a database is not supported, ODBC is an option.

Safety and Security: Unfortunately, the internet is not a safe place for hosting  the important data. Some times it’s very difficult to protect the data from the unauthorized users.

Thanks to a small percentage of users who find pleasure in attacking others electronically. These attacks are mainly due to a couple of reasons. For a few, it’s a monitory game to find the holes in your code and exploit it to their advantage. For others it’s just a fun.

However, the internet security has been a question of debate. Hence, the computer security as a whole had to be compromised. For the past many years, the internet security does not seem to be improving much.

All these insecurities can be replaced by PHP to most extent though not completely. As PHP is an open source scripting language, since many people may not use it, chances for virus attacks are very less compared to other commercial softwares.

Performance: One of the advantages of PHP is that it is capable of handling heavy traffic websites even during the peak hours. All PHP applications often perform much faster compared to other commercial applications. Support for Multi-media Content:

Many of the users have a misconception that PHP supports only the HTML content, indeed, it isn’t so, PHP can also handle multi-media content effectively. It supports all types of images such as JPEG, PNG, GIFF, and so on.

Supports all types of documents:

Besides its support for multi-media, PHP websites also effectively support different types of documents like RTF, PDF etc.

Support for data bases: Many people believe that support for data base is the most important feature of all. Indeed PHP developers have done their best for providing  better support for different databases like MySQL and so on. PHP also renders its support for editing them accordingly. Supports XML %26 HTML: Many of us are aware about the important features of XML %26 HTML. They have many advantages-it is human-readable, cross-platform, and easily converted into other forms.

Besides all the advantages of PHP mentioned above, PHP widely supports all the aspects of HTML forms, files, animations, movies, graphics, pictures and so on.

Therefore, PHP as an open source scripting language, easily replaces all commercial applications in all aspects of the technology.

Are there any courses for learning PHP in detail?

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