The term PHP is an acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. PHP is a server-side scripting language designed specifically for web development. PHP can be easily embedded in HTML files and HTML codes can also be written in a PHP file. The thing that differentiates PHP with client-side language like HTML is, PHP codes are executed on server whereas HTML codes are directly rendered on the browser.


The following “Hello, World!” program is written in PHP code embedded in an HTML document:


The PHP interpreter only executes PHP code within its delimiters. Anything outside its delimiters is not processed by PHP, although non-PHP text is still subject to control structures described in PHP code. The most common delimiters are <?php to open and ?> to close PHP sections.

Data types

PHP stores integers in a platform-dependent range, either a 64-bit or 32-bit signed integer equivalent to the C-language long type. Unsigned integers are converted to signed values in certain situations; this behavior is different from other programming languages.
Floating point numbers are also stored in a platform-specific range. They can be specified using floating point notation, or two forms of scientific notation.
PHP has a native Boolean type that is similar to the native Boolean types in Java and C++.
The null data type represents a variable that has no value; NULL is the only allowed value for this data type.
Arrays can contain elements of any type that PHP can handle, including resources, objects, and even other arrays



PHP defines a large array of functions in the core language and many are also available in various extensions; these functions are well documented in the online PHP documentation.


In the example above, getAdder() function creates a closure using passed argument $x (the keyword use imports a variable from the lexical context), which takes an additional argument $y, and returns the created closure to the caller. Such a function is a first-class object, meaning that it can be stored in a variable, passed as a parameter to other functions, etc.

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