PHP (Pre-Hypertext Processor) formerly PHP (Personal Home Page)
is a server-side scripting language that ressembles Perl. It is opensource and free. It does many of the same
things Microsoft ASP (Active Server Page)
did, but faster and more flexibly. You can embed excecutable PHP
code in your HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), and it gets executed by the
server. The PHP language has C-like for loops, associative arrays (arrays indexed by strings),
hooks to easily extract data from HTML forms and smooth SQL (Standard Query Language) integration.
to fall apart for large projects because it lacks object oriented features. PHP-5 has object and classes. However, PHP was designed to be fast to type, not easy to maintain.