PHP On-The-Fly!(Page 1 out of 4)
PHP can be used for a lot of different things, and is one of the most powerful scripting languages available on the web. Not to mention it's extremely cheap and widely used. However, one thing that PHP is lacking, and in fact most scripting languages are, is a way to update pages in real-time, without having to reload a page or submit a form.
The internet wasn't made for this. The web browser closes the connection with the web server as soon as it has received all the data. This means that after this no more data can be exchanged. What if you want to do an update though? If you're building a PHP application (e.g. a high-quality content management system), then it'd be ideal if it worked almost like a native Windows/Linux application.
How does it work?
If you want to execute a PHP script, you need to reload a page, submit a form, or something similar. Basically, a new connection to the server needs to be opened, and this means that the browser goes to a new page, losing the previous page. For a long while now, web developers have been using tricks to get around this, like using a 1x1 iframe, where a new PHP page is loaded, but this is far from ideal.