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PHP is a scripted programming language
that can be used to create websites.
Short for "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor"
(the initials actually come from the
earliest version of the program, which
was called "Personal Home Page" but in
their current form, constitute a
recursive acronym), it is an
open-source, reflective programming
language used mainly for developing
server-side applications and dynamic web
content, and more recently, a broader
range of software applications. For
example, MediaWiki, the software behind
Wikipedia, is written in PHP.
PHP allows interaction with a large
number of relational database management
systems, such as MySQL, Oracle, IBM DB2,
Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL,
Firebird and SQLite. PHP runs on most
major operating systems, including Unix,
Linux, Netware, Windows, and Mac OS X,
and can interact with many major web
PHP provides a command line interface (CLI),
as well as GUI libraries such as the
Gimp Tool Kit (GTK+) and text mode
libraries like Ncurses and Newt.
PHP is the result of the efforts of many
contributors. It is licensed under the
PHP License, a BSD-style license. Since
version 4, it has been powered by the
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