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Getting Under the Hood Technologies We Use What's up with PHP?

Some folks just love to get under the hood, see what's going on in there. Others would just as soon not even know.

Getting Under the Hood

At Potlikker we don't demand or expect that you know or even care to know about all of this techno-mumbo-jumbo. But since it's our hobby, and since some clients have a real interest in the technical details, here is an attempt to catalog some of the many technologies we bring to bear to help you get what you want.

To the right is a brief run-down on the most common technologies we use. For more details, click the hyperlinked technologies and see the third column.

 

 

The following list includes some of the technologies that I've worked with:

  • HTML - The basic markup language of the web.
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CCS) - uses the 'stylesheet' concept with HTML
  • JavaScript - the basic client-side scripting language that most websites use
  • DHTML - a combination of client-side technologies that enable user-interactive display of page elements
  • PHP - a free, well-supported server-side scripting language
  • ASP - Microsoft's server-side scripting environment
  • WordPress - Potlikker has set up and maintained several sites using the WordPress blogging engine, which is built using PHP
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2007 (MOSS) and 2010 - more info coming soon

PHP (originally, "Personal Home Page") is an open-source, widely supported server-side programming environment. "Server-side" means that the processing is done on the web server where your site is hosted, and not on your home computer. Most installations of PHP are on Linux servers.

Unlike most programming languages, PHP was designed for use with web pages. It can be used to do a staggering variety of tasks, including—

  • Database Connectivity
  • Web Templates
  • Secure Areas of Sites
  • Use of Cookies
  • Handling File Uploads
  • Time Functions
  • Mail Functions
  • Integration with Java

For a great technical reference on PHP, check out this site.

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