php: hypertext preprocessor

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PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor definition

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(PHP) An Open Source, server-side, cross-platform, scripting language used to create dynamic web pages.
PHP can be embedded in HTML using special tags like: ?php echo '

Hello World

'; ?>
This is stored in a file with a ".php" extension. The web server passes the file to the PHP interpreter which executes the code in the tags. This generates ordinary HTML to send to the web browser.
PHP is a recursive acronym.
Latest version: 5.2.3 2007-05-31, as of 2007-08-10.
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