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Contributing to power of PHP language, is its native support for leading relational database platforms, including MySQL, Oracle and PostgreSQL. Platform-specific functions are built into language for 12 databases in all. This native support for database platforms is a boon to any site that needs to track user information, store product data, or collect sales information.
Last but not least, because PHP is open-source, it is essentially free to use. Almost all professional Unix-based Web hosts offer PHP as an included option with hosting accounts. Be sure to check with your host to see if it is available to you.
This article is meant to be an introduction to PHP language and not a tutorial, but have no fear—here are several first-rate sites that have articles that will guide you along in beginning your PHP development projects:
www.php.net www.onlamp.com/php/ www.phpbuilder.com
Alan is the lead developer for InfoServe Media, LLC (http://www.infoservemedia.com), a Web development company that specializes in Web site design, hosting, domain name registration, and promotion for small businesses.