Welcome to the PHP and mySQL server

This server is configured to recognize and execute PHP scripts, or files ending in .php.

This server has also been configured to automatically execute files named index.php in any directory.

AU Departments have the option to request web space on the OIT Windows web server, where ASP and .NET are available and to use databases on the SQL server. Microsoft Expression Web and Visual Studio software are available free through the Microsoft Campus Agreement. For more information about the Windows web development environment, please see https://fp.auburn.edu. (OIT does not provide Windows web server space for student organizations.)

PHP is the recommended scripting language for student web applications on the Auburn University Sun server (Mallard).

PHP is a scripting language and interpreter, similar to JavaScript and Microsoft's VBScript. PHP (the initials come from the earliest version of the program, which was called "Personal Home Page Tools") is a cross-platform alternative to Microsoft's Active Server Page (ASP) technology (which runs only on Microsoft's Windows NT servers). As with ASP, the PHP script is embedded within a Web page along with its HTML. Before the page is displayed, the web server calls PHP to interpret and perform the operations called for in the PHP script. An HTML page that includes a PHP script is typically given a file name suffix of ".php" or ".phtml". Like ASP, PHP can be thought of as "dynamic HTML pages," since content will vary based on the results of interpreting the script. PHP is free and offered under an open source license. There is a fast-growing development community working to make PHP an industry standard. Specific current configuration details about the PHP version installed for Auburn University are available. A wealth of information about PHP is available on the Web and in books.

mySQL is an open source relational database system. The SQL part of MySQL stands for Structured Query Language, the most common standardized language used to access databases. PHP can be used to read and write to mySQL databases on Mallard web pages.