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What Can I Do with PHP?

Like most server-side scripting languages, PHP is excellent for creating dynamic Web sites based on database content or different characteristics of browsers. Through the use of external libraries and functions, PHP can:

  • build templates to ease site maintenance
  • create graphics on the fly
  • serve different content to users based on their browser, IP address, date and time, or numerous other chacteristics
  • conduct online surveys
  • connect databases like Oracle or MySQL to the Web
  • communicate with external Web sites
  • build discussion forums or Web-based e-mail programs
  • read and process XML

These are just a few of the many things that PHP can do. This tutorial will not cover all of PHP's features, but it will show you how to construct simple scripts and point you to other sites where you can learn more.

  Updated 2006 February 16
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