PHP Forms is one of the most popular scripts for building and processing
web form. Over
8000 websites already successfully use PHPForms. This
advanced application lets you create
both simple and complex questionnaires with unlimited number of
fields, contributing to your web site interactivity.
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PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is one of the most popular means of
processing HTML forms. Originally it was created by Rasmus Lerdorf in
1995 and stood for Personal Home Page. It began in 1994 as a set of
Common Gateway Interface binaries written in the C programming language.
The Danish/Greenlandic programmer Rasmus Lerdorf created these Personal
Home Page Tools to replace a small set of Perl scripts used to maintain
his personal homepage. The tools served for displaying his resume and
recording how much traffic his page was receiving.
PHP is a scripting language. It was designed for producing dynamic
web pages. Now it can include a command line interface capability and
can be used in standalone graphical applications. It is similar to other
server-side scripts that provide dynamic content from a web server to a
client, such as Microsoft’s Active Server Pages, Sun Microsystems’
JavaServer Pages, and mod_perl. PHP executes hundreds of base functions
and thousands more via extensions.
The PHP Group produces the main implementation of PHP which serves
as the de facto standard for PHP, because there is no formal
specification now. PHP Group provides the complete source code for users
to build, customize and extend for their own use. It is considered a
free software released under the PHP License. But it is incompatible
with the GNU General Public License (GPL) as there are restrictions on
the usage of the term PHP.
PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that can be
embedded into HTML. It generally runs on a web server and creates web
pages taking PHP code. It is also used for command-line scripting and
client-side GUI applications. It works on most web servers, operating
systems and platforms free of charge. PHP can be used with many
relational database management systems. Now it functions on more than 20
million websites and 1 million web servers.
PHP can be compared to a filter as it takes input from a file or
stream containing text and/or PHP instructions and outputs another data;
HTML is the most common output. It can automatically identify the
language of the user.
One who has ever created any HTML page or started dynamic web
programming, has already met with forms. Forms are special components
which allow the site visitors to add information on the HTML page.
A PHP form on a web page allows a user to enter data that is sent to
a server for processing. For instance, almost each company web site
contains a contact form, so that visitors can send a message to the site
owner. Such a contact form usually contains several fields – for the
visitors name, for the email address and one for the main message. PHP
forms resemble paper forms because internet users fill out the forms
using checkboxes, radio buttons, or text fields. For example, the forms
can be used to enter shipping or credit card data to order a product or
can be used to retrieve data.When dealing with HTML forms and PHP it is necessary to remember
that any form element in HTML page will automatically be available to
the PHP scripts.