Glossary of Terms
Like any industry, ours uses a variety of terms. If you want to find out what they mean, you are in the right place! Simply click on a letter to see its list of terms. If the term you are looking for isn't listed in our glossary feel free to contact us so that we may help you as well as add it to our list.
"Hypertext Preprocessor" is a recursive acronym. PHP is an HTML-embedded web scripting language. Meaning, PHP code is inserted into the HTML of a web page, when a PHP page is accessed, the PHP code is read or "parsed" by the server the page resides on. The output from the PHP functions on the page are typically returned as HTML code. Any HTML code that the server outputs can be read by the client's browser at this point. Because the PHP code is transformed into HTML on the server before the page is loaded on the client, users cannot view the PHP code on a page. This make PHP pages secure enough to access databases and other secure information.
A lot of the syntax of PHP is written using other languages such as C, Java, and Perl. However, PHP has a number of unique features and specific functions as well. The goal of the language is to allow Web Developers to write dynamically generated pages quickly and easily. PHP is also great for creating database-driven web sites.