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'''PHP''' is a [[w:Scripting programming language|scripting]] language designed to fill the gap between [[w:Server Side Includes|SSI]] (Server Side Includes) and [[Perl]], intended for the
If you've ever been to a website that prompts you to login, you've probably encountered a server-side scripting language. Due to its market saturation, this means you've probably come across PHP. [[Wikipedia:PHP|PHP]] was designed by [[Wikipedia:Rasmus Lerdorf|Rasmus Lerdorf]] to display his resume online and to collect data from his visitors.
Basically, PHP allows a static webpage to become dynamic. "PHP" is an acronym that stands for "'''P'''HP: '''H'''ypertext '''P'''reprocessor". The word "Preprocessor" means that PHP makes changes before the HTML page is created. This enables developers to create powerful applications
Before you embark on the wonderful journey of Server Side Processing, it is recommended that you have a basic understanding of the [[HTML|HyperText Markup Language (HTML)]]. But [[Wikipedia:PHP|PHP]] can also be used to build [[Wikipedia:GUI|GUI]]-driven applications for example by using [[w:PHP-GTK|PHP-GTK]].