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PHP getting started

Post icon  Posted 26 December 2006 - 09:50 PM

Hello guyz i'm new in php, I had some few questions under it. I always see Apache...and some few words used by means of their is a server sides thing?My question is:
What is Apache??
What is server side??
If i start with php,I should be installing a server app??
Is their few ebooks for its??downloadable?

Thanks for the urgent reply...
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Re: PHP getting started

Posted 26 December 2006 - 11:23 PM

Apache is a HTTP server and is one of the common if not most popular servers out there. It is open source and thus free for anyone to use.

Server-side refers to where something happens. PHP is a server side language as it is executed on the server and the output is sent to the client. Javascript and flash as examples of client side languages.

I know of no ebooks. There are however excellent documantation provided with both Apache and PHP as to how to get them to work together.
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Re: PHP getting started

Posted 27 December 2006 - 01:13 AM

Hmm..seems hard but interesting, but where i could get those documentation you had said?!...

Is Apache is still a requirement for php creation?!?!or should i install it to my workstation???
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Re: PHP getting started

Posted 27 December 2006 - 08:10 AM

When you request to visit a webpage in your browser a request is sent to another computer that is running a server software, one such as Apache or IIS. The web site designer may write regular HTML pages, or they can create pages with "server-side" code. What this means is that Apache (or IIS) sees that the requested web page has PHP code, and sends it to the PHP processor. PHP works its magic on your code, then sends it back to Apache for it to send back to you, the client (the guy asking for a web page).

Good places to start:

http://www.w3schools.com
http://www.php.net
http://www.phpbuilder.com

Anybody got any other good ones?
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Re: PHP getting started

Posted 27 December 2006 - 10:59 AM

If you need easy start with PHP, try PHP manual on PHP.net
[ http://www.php.net/manual/en/ ]:)
Here is nice Apache beginning guide:
http://www.kplug.org/apache_tutorial/
:)

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Re: PHP getting started

Posted 27 December 2006 - 10:11 PM

Nice, thanks psykoprogrammer..you all guys :D
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Re: PHP getting started

Posted 27 December 2006 - 10:30 PM

You are welcome ABU. However I have something to add. Consider it a little rant.

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Hmm..seems hard but interesting, but where i could get those documentation you had said?!...
I'm all for helping people and pointing them in the right direction. However, this is an excellent example of an annoying question. You can find these things yourself with Google or whatever your favorite search engine is, heck, even Wikipedia. If look for yourself I guarentee you'll retain what you've learned longer and will have a better appriciation for it. Because basically what this thread has become is a search that you were to lazy to do yourself.
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Re: PHP getting started

Posted 28 December 2006 - 04:58 AM

View PostABU, on 26 Dec, 2006 - 09:50 PM, said:

Hello guyz i'm new in php, I had some few questions under it. I always see Apache...and some few words used by means of their is a server sides thing?My question is:
What is Apache??
What is server side??
If i start with php,I should be installing a server app??
Is their few ebooks for its??downloadable?

Thanks for the urgent reply...


Hey i've just started learning php as well not sure if its been posted but

http://www.hudzilla....pbook/index.php

I've found this really helpfull you might want to check it out. :-)
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Re: PHP getting started

Posted 28 December 2006 - 06:11 AM

My advice - start with a simple PHP project like a simple contact form or a guestbook that keeps stuff in a text file. Then, work out the logic in plain English (ie, for a contact form, you will need to send the data, get handles [variables] for the different inputs, validate it and check nothing malicious is being sent, then send it to an e-mail address) and try to code the different steps in PHP. You will need to do research, and whilst coding the code, you will learn about different functions and about PHP itself. The best way to learn is through hands on experience, and this will be a really useful exercise for you. And, once you're finished, you have a nice product to use :)
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