At it's most basic description PHP is a programming language that can be embedded into html.
That's boring and just barely the tip of the iceberg! You can use PHP to do any type of server-side scripting to generate a dynamic web page - calculations, database connectivity, cookies, create images and pdfs, read and write files on the local server or even a remote server.
Flash sites can do a lot of cool things. One thing it can't do, however, is be viewed on iphones and ipads. I was commissioned to make an html version of the flash site. I also modified the js on the pages loading the swf to detect if flash was available and forward to the html pages if necessary.
It's my first facebook app!
User's can get a "personalized" message (randomly selecting 1 of 6) added to their wall from the Team Chevy driver or can download an image that adds their profile picture to a collage of Chevy drivers. In the first day there are already a couple of hundred likes.
Oh this site was fun! They originally wanted to keep updating their data on a 3rd party site (why?) so I had to write php script that would parse through the html generated search results to get all the property info. My script also had to save the info in Expression Engine preserving things like categories and relationships. It wasn't easy but I won in the end.
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