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  • Status: Active
  • Category: Language
  • Platform: Unix, Windows
  • Maturity: High
  • Licensing: PHP License. Almost GPLP.

PHP is a general-purpose scripting language originally designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages. For this purpose, PHP code is embedded into the HTML source document and interpreted by a web server with a PHP processor module, which generates the web page document. It also has evolved to include a command-line interface capability and can be used in standalone graphical applications.PHP can be deployed on most web servers and as a standalone interpreter, on almost every operating system and platform free of charge. PHP is installed on more than 20 million websites and 1 million web servers.

One of the challenges to PHP development is that its generally unstructured. With the advent of Ruby on Rails, PHP was challenged to provide PHP Frameworks that promoted organisation, efficiency, and re-usability of code.