An Alternative to Perl Shell Scripting With PHP

With the introduction of PHP version 4.2, PHP has started supporting a new SAPI (Server Application Programming Interface) called CLI (Command Line Interface). This facility was introduced to help developers create small shell application (scripts) with PHP, meaning that you can kiss Perl goodbye forever! In this tutorial I will show you how to use PHP's CLI feature to interpret shell scripts. I will assume that you have a fair understanding of PHP and that PHP is installed and working properly on your computer. You can have PHP installed on Linux or Windows (the examples in this tutorial are demonstrated with PHP installed under Windows but they should work the same on a Linux machine).

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