The php Elephant

“PHP code may be embedded into HTML code, or it can be used in combination with various web template systems and web frameworks.”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia…

PHP is a server-side scripting language designed for web development but also used as a general-purpose programming language.  Originally created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994, the PHP reference implementation is now produced by The PHP Group.  While PHP originally stood for Personal Home Page, it now stands for the recursive backronym PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor.

PHP code may be embedded into HTML code, or it can be used in combination with various web template systems and web frameworks.  PHP code is usually processed by a PHP interpreter implemented as a module in the web server or as a Common Gateway Interface (CGI) executable.   The web server combines the results of the interpreted and executed PHP code, which may be any type of data, including images, with the generated web page.  PHP code may also be executed with a command-line interface (CLI) and can be used to implement standalone graphical applications.

The standard PHP interpreter, powered by the Zend Engine, is free software released under the PHP License.  PHP has been widely ported and can be deployed on most web servers on almost every operating system and platform, free of charge.

 

 

Breaking news

“Breaking news on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015.  The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0.”

PHP 7.0.0 Released 03 Dec 2015

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0.  This release marks the start of the new major PHP 7 series.

PHP 7.0.0 comes with a new version of the Zend Engine, numerous improvements and new features such as

  • Improved performance: PHP 7 is up to twice as fast as PHP 5.6
  • Significantly reduced memory usage
  • Abstract Syntax Tree
  • Consistent 64-bit support
  • Improved Exception hierarchy
  • Many fatal errors converted to Exceptions
  • Secure random number generator
  • Removed old and unsupported SAPIs and extensions
  • The null coalescing operator (??)
  • Return and Scalar Type Declarations
  • Anonymous Classes
  • Zero cost asserts

WOW, and we were just getting good at PHP 5.6

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