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Linux Journal: PHP as a General-Purpose Language

Aug 19, 2004, 07:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Tabini)

"If PHP is your scripting language of choice when it comes to developing dynamic Web sites, you probably have grown to love its immediacy and power. An estimated ten million Web sites use at least some PHP scripting to generate their pages.

"Although most people use PHP primarily as a Web development scripting system, it possesses all the characteristics of a proper general-purpose language that can be useful in a variety of other environments. In this article, I illustrate how it's possible to use the command-line version of PHP to perform complex shell operations, such as manipulating data files, reading and parsing remote XML documents and scheduling important tasks through cron..."

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