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- What is PHP?
This post will help you understand the two languages better, including helping you make a decision on which to learn and their feature sets.
What is PHP?
PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, or PHP for short, is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for server-side web development. PHP is used to create dynamic and interactive websites.
The PHP code is embedded in the HTML code and it has special start and end processing instructions. This allows you to jump in and out of "PHP mode."
PHP runs on almost all major Operating Systems, such as Microsoft Windows, macOS, RISC OS, Linux, and UNIX variants, and Web Servers such as Apache and IIS.
If you would like to develop a full-fledged website and host it then PHP could be your preferred choice. The PHP code is simple, it is free, and your code can run on any platform. It has a huge set of standard libraries hence application development is fast. Some popular PHP frameworks are Laravel, Symfony, Zend, and CodeIgnitor.
Sample PHP code:
<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Example</title> </head> <body> <?php echo"Hi, I'm a PHP script!"; ?> </body> </html>
This is something of an apples-to-oranges comparison, as the two languages are used to work on different problems.
1. Language Type
2. Open Source
3. Learning Difficulty
Both are interpreted languages, which means that you can make changes to your code and run it again to see the effect without having to recompile the code.
5. Platform Independent
7. Database Access
Whichever you choose, good luck!
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