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Joseph Casey6,782 Points
A source covered in <?php?> seems awful impractical.
Is there something that is found in later lessons which can substitute for the heavy usage of opening and closing php scripts everywhere? Something about that seems off, but I'm not sure what it is.
Robert Komaromi11,927 Points
The only alternative is to not use PHP in your templates, or try a PHP templating engine like Twig or Blade. Also, you shouldn't be doing any logic in your templates / HTML documents with PHP. You should use it for conditionally displaying something, iterating through a list to be displayed, showing specific variables (ex. a username), etc.
Ian Hudson13,457 Points
I just started to study "MVC Frameworks for PHP". Among other things, this helps to organize your code and cut down on redundancy as well. The following link may explain what it is, and how/why its used.
Hope that helps,