PHP => Hyper Text PreProcessor

PHP is a server-side, HTML-embedded, cross-platform scripting language--quite a mouthful. In simpler terms, PHP provides a way for you to put instructions in your HTML files to create dynamic content. These instructions are read and parsed by the web server; they never actually make it to the browser that is displaying the page. The web server replaces your PHP code with the content that the code was written to produce.

PHP can be configured to run either as a server module or as a standalone CGI script. At the time of this writing, the server-module version is only production-ready for the Apache web server on Unix systems. The CGI version runs with all web servers on both Unix and Windows 95/98/NT. On the Windows platform (as of PHP Version 4), the server module is being developed to work with ISAPI, NSAPI, and WSAPI, which means the server module will eventually work with Microsoft's IIS, Netscape's Enterprise Server, and O'Reilly's WebSite. See for availability details.

The PHP language itself borrows concepts from other common languages, such as C and Perl. If you have some experience with one of these languages, you should feel right at home with PHP. In addition to the core language, PHP provides a wide variety of functions that support everything from array manipulation to regular expression support.

Database connectivity is one popular use for PHP. PHP supports a large number of databases natively and many others are accessible through PHP's ODBC functions. Through this database connectivity, it is possible, for example, to take a company's database of products and write a web interface to it using PHP.

PHP Frameworks:

1. Akelos

2. Symfony

3. PHPDevShell

4. CodeIgniter

5. Prado

6. CakePHP

7. ZooP

8. Zend


PHP Resources Learn: is an excellent resource for PHP developers.

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Komodo IDE is available from ActiveState.

PHPDesigner is a product of MPSOFTWARE.

PHPEclipse, the free Eclipse plug-in for PHP, is available at

NuSphere is the maker of PhpED.

PHPEdit is available from WaterProof Software.

The PHP IDE Project, a free Eclipse plug-in for PHP, is available at

Zend Studio, along with other helpful PHP products, is available at
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PHPeclipse PHP, SQL, HTML - parser, debugger, code formatter, outline view, templates. Built on top of the powerful Eclipse development platform (

Maguma Open Studio A PHP IDE that includes features for class browsing, ftp support, snippets, debugging and project management. The Open Source version of Maguma Studio.

PHP Designer 2005 The development environment in PHP Designer 2005 combines many powerful features such as customizable syntax schemes for PHP, HTML, XHTML, CSS, Perl, C#, JavaScript, VB, Java and SQL (Ingres, Interbase, MSSQL, MySQL, Oracle, Sybase and Standard SQL), a class/include browser, test and debug your scripts with the PHP interpreter, integration of the PHP manual, parameter hint, auto indent of brackets, automatic close brackets, access to common code/script libraries all combined in this one unique program.

tsWebEditor tsWebEditor is a powerful php editor and html editor which you can also use as a simple text editor. It displays the source code colored (syntax highlight), parameter hint for functions, code completion (php, javascript, asp, html), code browser, php syntax and error check, help, css assistant, html tag editor, html syntax checker, etc.

KPHPDevelop KPHPDevelop is a PHP IDE for KDE. See the website for more detailes.

Dev-PHP IDE Dev-PHP is a full-featured Windows Integrated Development Environment for PHP. It has many cool features, like Function browsing and full integration with the PHP parser and the PHP-GTK library.

PHP Coder PHP Coder is an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) especially developped for PHP programmers.

TemplateTamer TemplateTamer is a tool for creating and maintaining a template based dynamic PHP web applications, with clearly and completely separated code from the html design. Free edition can be used as long as there is a link to the TemplateTamer web on every page

Arisesoft Winsyntax Arisesoft Winsyntax is a free PHP-code editor with a fast syntax highlighting engine and the context PHP-help for professional scripting for Windows.