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PHP is a POWERFUL (scripting) language, that is now available for use on most server space ... the web file extension will be .php, and this will be passed through the server php runtime, before being passed back to the browser as HTML ...

PHP code blocks can be encased as follows -

echo "Hello World";

PHP Installation - May 2007

Installing PHP in a WIN32 (XP) system could not be easier. There are full 'installers' available, but the recommendation way is to do it manually ... I just downloaded the following from - -

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And unzipped it all into a C:\PHP folder. It is necessary to create a php.ini in that folder, and two 'samples' are provided - php.ini-dist and php.ini-recommended. I used the 'recommended', copying it to php.ini. To use some of the extensions, it is necessary to 'fix' the 'extension directory, like -
extension_dir = "C:\PHP\ext"
and in my case, place the line -
first in the list, before -

Then you are ready to write a php module, and run the runtime executable, php.exe, to obtain the output, like -
C:\phptest> c:\PHP\php myscript.php > temphtml.htm

This will place the HTML output into temphtml.htm, which can then be loaded into a browser ...

PHP Help

I find the online PHP HELP is fantastic ;=)) Like placing [ php opendir ] into a Yahoo! search, gives you many links, like - - which puts you in the PHP Manual, and there are ALWAYS examples, ready to cut, paste and try for your self ... I use some great PHP scripts to massage JPG image - try a Yahoo! search [php exif_thumbnail], and [php imagecreatefromjpeg] - extracting any EXIF information, writing a 'thumb', writing a normal image, and finally an image without the EXIF ... this is using it in a local WIN32 runtime environment, as mini-applications ...

To learn more exactly HOW the PHP has been configured on your server, you can use the phpinfo() function. Create a file, called say phpinfo.php, and add the single line -

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

Unload this to your site, and point your browser at it. You should be rewarded with a BIG list of parameters, showing what is enabled, and disabled in your particular server. You can compare it to what is enabled in my GoDaddy server spaces through this URI ...



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