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Jump Start PHP by Callum Hopkins

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Chapter 1Server Kick-Start

What is PHP?

PHP is the most popular sever-side scripting language in web development, powering an estimated 78.9% of all websites.

It was created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995, and the name was originally an acronym of "Personal Home Page (Tools)", although now it's better known for the recursive acronym "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor". The language is managed, monitored, and developed by a group of developers known as The PHP Group, which continues to distribute the scripting language for free through the official PHP website.

PHP code is most commonly interpreted, processed, and rendered using a web server with a PHP processor module installed, allowing PHP to be embedded within HTML markup in files with the .php extension. ...

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