View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. What Is
July 11, 2016updated 25 Jan 2017 4:49pm

What is PHP?

Learning to develop on the web? PHP is one you'll want to know about.

By James Nunns

PHP, which stands for Hypertext Preprocessor, is a open source general purpose scripting language that is typically used for web development and can be embedded into HTML.

The server side scripting language is designed for web development, but it can also be used as a general purpose programming language.

With the ability to embed it into HTML code, or to use it in a combination with various web translate systems, web content management systems, and web frameworks, PHP code is a popular choice for many developers.

Why should you use PHP? Find out on the next page.

It’s popularity can partly be attributed to its wide deployment range across most web servers and on almost every operating system and platform, free of charge.

In the most recent release of PHP there were numerous changes such as the behaviour of the foreach statement being changed to be more predictable.

Additional changes include support for hexadecimal number support in some implicit conversion from string to number types being removed.

Content from our partners
Powering AI’s potential: turning promise into reality
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.