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What is PHP and MySQL?

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PHP and MySQL are programs which are most usually pre-installed already onto your web hosting server. There are the most common programs which will make your website interactive and usable for your website visitors. The majority of the database applications and scripts that I write will utilise these.

What is PHP?

PHPPHP is a general-purpose server-side scripting language originally designed for Web development to produce dynamic Web pages. It is one of the first developed server-side scripting languages to be embedded into an HTML source document rather than calling an external file to process data.

The code is interpreted by a Web server with a PHP processor module which generates the resulting Web page. It also has evolved to include a command-line interface capability and can be used in standalone graphical applications. PHP can be deployed on most Web servers and also as a standalone shell on almost every operating system and platform free of charge. PHP originally stood for "Personal Home Page", it is now said to stand for "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor", a recursive acronym.

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What is MySQL

MySQLMySQL ("My S-Q-L" officially), but also called ("My Sequel") is the world's most used open source relational database management system (RDBMS) that runs as a server providing multi-user access to a number of databases.

Free-software-open source projects that require a full-featured database management system often use MySQL. For commercial use, several paid editions are available, and offer additional functionality.

MySQL is an open source database management system and is used in some of the most frequently visited websites on the Internet, including YouTube, Wikipedia, Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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