Online PHP Manual
We have a short announcement. We have added a new resource to our Tools section: PHP Manual. Not a tool per se, but a great manual for anyone who uses PHP – which is about any webmaster given the power, versatility, and widespread usage of the PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) programming page. The manual is fully index and hyperlinked – and searchable. The manual will be updated on regular basis to stay up-to-date with php.org.
PHP is a powerful programming language. Instead of lots of commands to output HTML (as seen in C or Perl), PHP pages contain HTML with embedded code that does “something” (in this case, output “Hello World!”). The PHP code is enclosed in special start and end processing instructions
?> that allow you to jump into and out of “PHP mode.”
The best things in using PHP are that it is extremely simple for a newcomer, but offers many advanced features for a professional programmer. Don’t be afraid reading the long list of PHP’s features. You can jump in, in a short time, and start writing simple scripts in a few hours.
PHP can be used on all major operating systems, including Linux, many Unix variants (including HP-UX, Solaris and OpenBSD), Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, RISC OS, and probably others. PHP has also support for most of the web servers today. This includes Apache, IIS, and many others. And this includes any web server that can utilize the FastCGI PHP binary, like lighttpd and nginx. PHP works as either a module, or as a CGI processor. So with PHP, you have the freedom of choosing an operating system and a web server. Furthermore, you also have the choice of using procedural programming or object oriented programming (OOP), or a mixture of them both. So, a good reason to become familiar with PHP via this online PHP manual