Developing a PHP Website using Visual Studio 2005

Yes it's possible to use PHP under Visual Studio 2005 and even 2008 IDE; in this tutorial I will discuss how to build a PHP based Website using Visual Studio 2005 in a step by step walk through tutorial. 


First, you must install the visual PHP for visual studio witch is a share ware component that compose visual studio 2005, it is downloadable from the site web site, also, there is a version proposed for visual studio 2008. As a second step, you have to install it. The wizard will guide you until achieve the installation.

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Choose install rather than customized to full install the component

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After achieving the installation, select new then project.

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As you may remark, there is a new node named PHP Projects is added. Click it.

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Don't forget to name your project, so give your project a name in the text box then click OK. After that, a window appears and you are invited to select a folder within it the project will be created.

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I've already created a folder for this reason, I call it myPhpApplication.

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You can start now and enjoy your time by developing a PHP application under visual studio. To add a new item you have only to right click on the project node in the solution explorer and add a HTML, a PHP page or even a PHP class. To add more additional items, select the new item menu.

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The following window appears.

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Then you can select your item from within the list view.

Ok, let's start by developing a very simple and classic PHP application, a client side witch is an HTML page that sends via post method the first name and the last name of a given session user to a PHP application, the last one publishes those two received data.

This is the client script side bellow. So create a new HTML page and copy and past it into the code zone:

                   <META NAME="GENERATOR" Content="Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 7.1">
                   <TITLE>My first php application under visual studio</TITLE>
          <BODY style="background-color:Gray;">
          <strong><h1 style="color:White;">Information request</h1></strong>
          <form style="background-color:Silver; color:Gray; width: 300px;"  method="post">
          <br />
          First name <input type="text" name="FirstName" /><br />
          Last name <input type="text" name="LastName" />
          <br />
          <br />
          <input type="reset" value="Reset" /><input type="submit" value="Submit the request" />
          <br />


The page will look like this bellow one:

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Now let's perform the server side. First, add a PHP page into the project then paste this script server in the server code zone.


echo("The first name is ". $_POST['FirstName']." and the last name is ". $_POST['LastName']);


Now, run the application and observe.

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Click Submit the request.

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You can also add a reference to your project; this step is performed to add built in PHP modules.

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Good dotneting!!!