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Taking Advantage of
the Server
At this point, you've learned how to publish websites using Hypertext
Markup Language (HTML). This lesson takes things a step further and
explains how to build dynamic websites using scripts on the server. Most
websites utilize some kind of server-side processing. Search engines take
the user's request and search an index of web pages on the server.
Online stores use server-side processing to look up items in the inven-
tory, keep track of the user's shopping cart, and handle the checkout
process. Newspaper websites keep articles in a database and use
server-side processing to generate the article pages. This lesson intro-
duces server-side programming using the PHP language. PHP is the most
common scripting platform provided by web hosts, can be easily installed
on your own computer, and is completely free. It's also easy to get
started with. Even if you wind up developing your applications using some
other scripting language, you can apply the principles you'll learn in this
lesson to those languages.
In this lesson, you'll learn the following:
How PHP works
How to set up a PHP development environment
The basics of the PHP language
How to process form input
Using PHP includes
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