Filename extension: .php
Developed by: Zend Technologies
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The PHP filetype is synonymous with dynamic web development, with the .php extension indicating that a file contains PHP code, which can generate HTML output on the fly. The origin of this filetype dates back to 1994 when Rasmus Lerdorf unleashed "Personal Home Page Tools" to the public. Evolving into "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor," it soon became one of the bedrocks for server-side scripting.

How PHP Filetype Works

PHP files are processed by a PHP interpreter, typically located on a web server. When a website visitor requests a PHP page, the server interprets the PHP code and outputs the resulting HTML to the client's browser. This process enables websites to display dynamic content, such as user profiles, e-commerce products, or interactive forums.

Software That Utilizes PHP Filetype

Many web servers and content management systems (CMS) like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla use PHP files to handle site content and user interactions. Integrated development environments (IDEs) like PhpStorm and text editors such as Sublime Text also support PHP filetype for code creation and editing.

Alternatives to PHP Filetype

Alternatives to PHP exist in various forms, including other server-side languages like ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails, and Node.js. Each comes with its own filetype and syntax, appealing to different developer needs and preferences. While PHP maintains a substantial presence, the rise of full-stack JavaScript frameworks like Angular and React has also introduced new paradigms in web development.

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