Re: PHP info

by "Darrell King" <darrell(at)>

 Date:  Tue, 26 Sep 2000 16:59:36 -0400
 To:  <hwg-techniques(at)>
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It's Open Source, Alan.

That'ss a bit hard to compare with NT, but essentially: it's free.

You can use it, you can open the source code and rewrite it and you can make
money on it if you are willing to work with it.

You would have to find a sysadmin or similar skilled professional to support
it.  Open Source means you do the work.  There's plenty of support lists
available through

PHP is considered by many to be a superior alternative to ASP, both in
performance and versatility.  However, I can not personally provide facts to
back that.  I can say that it is an excellent choice of scripting languages,
and will do anything you want done that a server-side scripting language can

It's cross-platform...including Windows, even...and it's not a snow's very much for real.

Apache is a superior web server...not sure how PHP fits with Microsoft's
proprietary server.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan Control" <alan(at)>

A person who I wish to hire to develop a proceedure says that he wants to
PHP. My ISP does not have PHP on its system.  Before I press them to do
I would like to know a bit more in case they try and snow me. Is compatable
with a NT hosting service?  Is it in the public domain or will they have to
purchase it?  (It appears free, but what of mounting it on a commercial
server?) It seems as if it is freeware. If so, is there a company that can
contracted for support?  If they choose not to mount it as a part of their
server offerings, can I mount it in my own server space and use it from
there?  A relationship with Apache seems important, but why? I have looked
the sites below and have not been able to find the answers.



Alan Control
Cortland, New York

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