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PHP (a recursive acronym for “PHP Hypertext Preprocessor”) is a popular open-source scripting language widely used as a server-side tool for creating dynamic web pages.

A big part of PHP’s value is its use as a dynamic scripting language that works hand-in-hand with HTML.

A PHP interpreter makes a website dynamic and customizable, allowing a site to respond to user input or information in some expected way. The interpreter is a key link between the user and web server, databases, and the relevant files or responses sent back to that user.

PHP in Action

ScienceSoft a Dallas-based IT consulting and software development provider, offers examples of how they’ve used PHP scripting for clients’ projects:

  • Shopping for audio equipment with a playlist of test tracks, the ability to tell the stand’s app what model a customer wants, and the production of graphs comparing models for a customer.
  • Booking movie theater tickets with a mobile app that has seat plans, notifications, and in-depth movie information.

Symfony is a French PHP framework provider that works on PHP-based projects for organizations of all kinds. This includes the 2016 campaign site of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Laravel is another PHP framework used for developing web applications. It is known for its elegant syntax, modular structure, and built-in features that make it easier to develop high-quality web applications. Many leading companies use Laravel to develop their web applications including GitLab and Pfizer.

Lastly, CakePHP is also an open-source framework that has been used by various companies, including:

  • Internet Marketing Ninjas, who used PHP to build its marketing and management tools and a central hub for users.
  •, a Nigerian customized printing company, who used PHP for their customer-facing website and internal order management systems.

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