I am actually a PHP programmer by myself and it is very great that I am writing this post today.
What Is PHP?
Just for anyone who is a newbie to the subject and reading this for informational purposes, I am going to go into what PHP is in just a few lines below.
PHP is actually a programming language that is used to design websites, and other applications. PHP simply stands for Personal Home Page and was created by Rasmus Lerdoff.
A Little Story About My Journey And How I Started With PHP
Actually, I never intended to learn PHP. I started with Java. That’s what I thought I wanted. I wanted to develop software that run on PC. I wanted to have power in my hands.
I took 1 to 2 years learning Java, then half way in to it, I discovered that a lot of demand on the market was on Web Design. Many and more people were looking for someone to create websites for them than those who were looking for windows application.
Although Java could be used to create web applications, but I never realized it then. I searched for the best Programming language to create websites and I came across HTML. On learning HTML, I got to know about PHP.
That’s just a bit of my story.
What PHP Can Do?
It may interest you to know that the major website you use everyday called Facebook was written in PHP.
PHP can be used to create robust very dynamic web applications that change according to the users interaction and activities.
Since Facebook was created with PHP, I believe you can understand the power of PHP without further explanation.
Having said, that I would like to talk about the best alternative to PHP.
While programming with PHP you are most likely to come across Ajax. Ajax Helps PHP language to become more flexible.
What is Server Side and Client Side Programming Language?
If this is not very clear to you, then let me give you a clearer example. Server Side programming languages need you to refresh your browser before they perform an action which you programmed in them.
Client side programming languages do not need you to refresh your browser before they perform their functions.
Here is a great example.
On the other hand, the most common one you experience is typing in all the information required while filling out your form, and while you try to click on the “Sign Up” button, you get some errors.
The form validation here is programmed with PHP, so when you click on the “Submit” button, and your browser refreshes, then you get those errors.
This should be very clear to you now on how the two works.
Here is why.
This is because there some type of web applications or some parts in your web applications where user necessarily needs to click the button before you perform some actions, so you will definitely need PHP.