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Feb 28, 2000, 18:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Shepherd)

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"But a silent winner gains ground by the week, and is giving some businesses a pleasant surprise. That winner is none other than PHP, which now sits on over one million websites (per Netcraft's study) and is one of the most popularly-installed modules on the Apache web server."

"You may already be using Apache and wondering what you have to gain from PHP, particularly if you're already writing CGI-based applications in Perl or C. To begin with, CGI is an aging technology which has already fallen out of favor with most web application developers due to its resource-intensiveness. Perl code has also been criticized as hard to read or maintain, although it is still widely-loved, documented, and used."

"PHP, however is easy to learn, easy to document, is embeddable in HTML pages, and already a few books have been published to get you on the way. Code savings from using PHP instead of a CGI/C-based programming style have sometimes topped 90 (ninety) percent, while the time necessary to build prototypes and proofs of concept drops to nearly overnight. This is great news, although it sounds too good to be true, or at least I hope you're thinking that."

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