PHP is one of the most widely-used open source scripting languages and is ideal for dynamic web development. First created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994, Lerdorf initially wrote PHP in the C programming language. In 1997 the acronym was changed from the original PHP/FI 2 to PHP: Hypertext Processor when two programmers, Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans, rebuilt the language’s core. Several updates versions of PHP have been released since then, the most recent one being PHP 7. However, PHP 5 is the still the most commonly used version as many developers have not yet migrated to PHP 7.
The beauty of PHP is that it's free to download and use, and is compatible with many different platforms, servers and databases. PHP can be used on all operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, Unix and Mac OS X, and works with nearly all servers used today, including Apache and IIS. PHP supports a number of databases, which makes writing a database-enabled web page very easy. PHP is especially compatible with MySQL databases. All these different possibilities mean that when using PHP, you have the freedom of deciding which operating system and web server you want to work on.
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