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32. Using PHP

An Introduction to PHP

Although ASP.NET is a popular standard when it comes to server-side application development, it’s certainly not the only one. Scripting technologies such as ColdFusion, Java Server Pages, and even the old stalwart Perl have all been used to perform similar work on the server to generate dynamic content. One of the most popular server-side scripting technologies, PHP, is so ubiquitous that Microsoft has decided to provide support for it in Expression Web.

PHP (a recursive acronym that stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) was designed as an alternative to Perl because it is better suited for generating dynamic web content. Whereas Perl requires all content to be generated by the Perl script, PHP’s model ...

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