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PHP is a scripting language designed for web development, but also used as a general-purpose programming language. It's one of the most popular programming languages for web development and provides object-oriented capabilities.
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About PHP

<?php

function helloWorld($name = 'World')
{
    return "Hello, $name!";
}

PHP is a server-side language suited towards web development. The acronym is recursive, standing for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor.

Considerably more versatile than CGI scripting, PHP is often used to add interactivity to plain HTML and bolster web frameworks.

The language can be employed on any operating system. PHP is supported by most common web servers and is often handled through an interpreter module. This combines static web code with dynamic inclusions.

PHP isn't just a web server framework. It's also useful for command-line scripting (headless parsing) and developing GUIs.

You should learn PHP because:

  • it's an Open Source language
  • it's well-documented and supported
  • it's compatible with most common web servers
  • it's easy to pick up and start learning
  • it's highly scalable and extensible
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Meet the PHP Track mentors

Once you join the PHP language track, you will receive support and feedback from our team of mentors. Here are the bios of a few of the mentors of this track.

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Fabian Becker https://github.com/sawmurai

I have been developing in PHP since version 3 and made all the mistakes you can make, so you don't have to! Apart from software engineering I love powerlifting and movies.
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Pierre Thierry https://github.com/kephas

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Gabriel Guzman https://github.com/gabeguz

PHP was the first language I worked in professionally. I've built high traffic websites with it, and find it fun to work with.
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James George https://github.com/jamesgeorge007

I have started out my career as a PHP Developer. I'm proficient in the LAMP stack and also tried out gigantic frameworks like Laravel.
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Donovan Mueller https://github.com/donut

I've been programming in PHP for the last 13+ years. It's improved a lot with version 7 and I've come to appreciate its qualities. I often enjoy writing in it and love to help others avoid its pitfalls.
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Favio Manriquez https://github.com/favrik

PHP was my first language, it has a special place in my heart. I also enjoy teaching and mentoring others, plus it's a great way to refresh knowledge.
Fun. Challenging. Interesting

Community-sourced PHP exercises

These are a few of the 61 exercises on the PHP track. You can see all the exercises here.

Series
easy
misc
OCR Numbers
easy
algorithms
strings
transforming
Beer Song
easy
algorithms
text formatting
Roman Numerals
medium
control flow loops
transforming
Grade School
medium
arrays
Nucleotide Count
easy
dictionaries
strings

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