I'd like to learn something about PHP. I am a retired network administrator (I worked on small systems, not giant installations) . I have programmed some systems using Access and SQL SERVER 2000 so I am familiar with database and table constructs (third normal form, etc).
I thought I'd learn PHP by developing a simple recipe database. I could do it by using Access and SQL SERVER but my server is old and dying, I have SQL SERVER 2000 and that is out of date. I don't want to buy a new server and I don't want to spend money on buying software licenses.
I have some questions :
1.) Is PHP free? If not, what is the cost ?
2.) What is required to install PHP on a Windows 7 Pro pc?
(perhaps you know of web sites which will answer this question)
3.) My pc is an HP z210 , i3 processor with 8 gigs of memory. I assume this is sufficient to run PHP?
4.) My understanding is Mysql is no longer free. What is needed to get PHP to work with postgreSQL?
Thank you for your help