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developerWorks: Make PHP Apps Fast, Faster, Fastest, Part 1

Feb 26, 2007, 03:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Streicher)

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"In a short time, PHP has become a popular programming language for Web applications. For the beginner, PHP is simple to install and easy to learn. For the more experienced developer, it (as of V5) offers robust object-oriented features. The community of PHP developers is enormous, and a significant number of open source and commercial libraries and tools extend the capabilities of the core language. PHP is favored by so many because it produces visible results rapidly.

"Much like other scripting languages used for Web applications, including Perl, Python, and Ruby, PHP code is parsed, translated to opcodes (primitive instructions -- akin to assembly language -- that the PHP engine executes directly), and executed each and every time an HTTP request summons it. For negligible and low demand, your server executes this complex rendering process seemingly instantly..."

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