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PHP Hypertext Preprocessor.  This is a programming language used mostly on web servers. It helps to assemble the web pages before being sent to the browser. PHP is one of many programming languages used for this job(Visual Basic, Java, Ruby, Python are others), but the benefits of PHP are:

it is mature (it's been around for over 10 years) which means a lot of the bugs have been ironed out

it has an extensive user community so there is a lot of predefined work out there to draw upon making development time quicker

it is open source so has a network of user communities that are willing to help each other. 

Essentially it is the 'glue' with which a dynamic website can be stuck together.

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