Note: This manual is provided for your convenience only - this is not the official source and may not be 100% up to date.
This section holds the most general questions about PHP: what it is and what it does.
From the preface of the manual:
PHP is an HTML-embedded scripting language. Much of its syntax is borrowed from C, Java and Perl with a couple of unique PHP-specific features thrown in. The goal of the language is to allow web developers to write dynamically generated pages quickly.
PHP stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. This confuses many people because the first word of the acronym is the acronym. This type of acronym is called a recursive acronym. The curious can visit Free On-Line Dictionary of Computing for more information on recursive acronyms.
Yes. See the INSTALL file that is included in the PHP 4 source distribution. Also, read the related appendix.
There are a couple of articles written on this by the authors of PHP 4. Here's a list of some of the more important new features:
You should go to the PHP Bug Database and make sure the bug isn't a known bug. If you don't see it in the database, use the reporting form to report the bug. It is important to use the bug database instead of just sending an email to one of the mailing lists because the bug will have a tracking number assigned and it will then be possible for you to go back later and check on the status of the bug. The bug database can be found at http://bugs.php.net/.