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I'm kind of new. What exactly are PHP and MySQL?





Bump_on_a_Log08
I'm kind of new at making webpages. I was wondering what PHP and MySQL are. I got curious when I've seen it mentioned everywhere. All that I have been able to quickly gather about these 2 things are is that they have to do with either advanced scripting or something similar to that. Please ease my troubled mind by telling me what these are.
Alie
PHP is programming language, MySQL type of database. Many php scripts use databases to store different info. Thats why people usualy speak about php with mysql together.
Diablosblizz
If you want to know more about php and mysql, then you should go to both their sites.

http://php.net
http://www.mysql.com/

Those sites will explain more then what most users know about.
jeremyyak
I think some one should sticky something about W3Schools

http://w3schools.com

If you ever want to learn or learn about PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, XML, Ajax, Javascript...Please check that site out.
~Jeremy~
Maxus
Have you search your own?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHP
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mysql
Bump_on_a_Log08
Thanks for the info. I'll check out those links.
Stubru Freak
PHP is a language for making interactive websites, just like Javascript. The main difference is: PHP is server-side, Javascript is client-side.

What this means:
- Javascript will be more responsive in general.
- Javascript might not work on all browsers, and the user can disable it. PHP can always be used.
- You need PHP to do anything which changes one user's web page, because another user did something. Examples:
* A message system: one user sends a message, it changes the web page of another uses so he can see it.
* A forum: someone posts something, it changes everyone's web page to see the new post.
* Even something simple as a counter: one person loads the web page, the page is changed for everyone to show the new number.
Of course, if you want the benefits of both JS and PHP, you can use them together. Consider taking a look at AJAX for that, if you learned some more (but not now).
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