Simply said, PHP still remains one of the most widely applied programming language for web engineering applications. It ships as a free, open source and Server Side Includes (SSI).
Meanwhile, MySQL, now called MariaDB, is the adjunct relational database software program that tags along PHP making it a very powerful, duet combination for building very useful several control management systems and enterprise systems known World over today.
In other words, whilst PHP is used to produce a static or dynamic graphical user interface, SQL (MariaDB) on the other hand makes it extra powered for data structure and transactional query to the base.
Furthermore, these two work together for the fact that a web developer allows them to do this seamlessly through the mysqli_connect () embedded function. Noteworthy, here is the fact that PHP possesses the ability to script out HTML tags within its own algorithm.
Generally, PHP connotes Hypertext Pre-processor initially referred to as “Personal Home Pages”. Once the PHP Zend Engine (Interpreter) is installed on a local machine (Windows, OS-X or Linux) through a webserver (such as Xampp, Apache or Wamp, which ships with SQL), the stage is set for coding and algorithm development respectively.
It’s very unlikely that PHP will go away anytime soon. At the moment, PHP actively serves over 80% of all websites on the Internet as at 2014/2015 and is still relevant today in 2020. You can check up Job boards such as LinkedIn. Indeed, Glass door, Job Case, Google for Jobs. The introduction of more frameworks such as Laravel, Pear, Node, Composer, Code-Igniter, Symphony, Cake-PHP, Yii, Zend Framework, Phalcon, etc.
Thus, PHP, SQL is still worth the investment today for any upcoming or established software developer especially for the fact that it is quite easy to deploy as less development to application routine.
Nonetheless, it is important to state here that Facebook the popular Social Website up till date utilizes php and have built a custom compiler such that it can run natively on their disparate computer mainframes whist enhancing performance with Linux Operating system.
PHP’S FUTURE: Its future is still very bright and strong. It has an annual update version and definitely is about the most utilized & approachable high level programming language for web engineering development.
PHP’s RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI): A quick look at the job sites mentioned above will give a clear reflection of how in demand PHP is in the local and International labor market. Whilst some might dispute its relevance, PHP still has a favorable developer forum and its errors are well acknowledged.
PHP OR PYTHON LANGUAGE? Whilst some might differ, for me, I would recommend both. In fact, it is advisable to start with PHP procedures, and advance to the more difficult aspects such as its object oriented PHP Data Objects features before approaching PYTHON which is known for data analysis. PHP shares programmable syntax with Java, Perl, C, C++, and C#, and respectively.
It remains open source web scripting language and can easily be engrained within HTML. Its official web page remains https://www.php.net.
MARIA DB (SQL)
Initially, PHP was known to be tagged with MySQL (initially created by a Swedish company David Axmark et al., 1995, built in the vein of MSQL), however, after Oracle acquired Sun microsystems (for an estimated 1 billion USD) and ultimately MySQL, the original developers of MySQL carved out MariaDB, which in itself is a cloned version of MySQL but placed out as an open source.
All SQL are based on Transactional based where we have Data Manipulation Language-DML (Select, Insert, Update and Delete), Data Definition Language-DML (Create, Alter, Drop, Truncate), Data Control Language-DCL (Grant & Revoke), and Transaction Control Language -TCL, (Save Point, Roll Back, & Commit).
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Authored by: Engr. Oluwatobi (Tobi) Owoeye