Beginning PHP 5.3
By Matt Doyle
Publisher: Wiley / Wrox
Final Release Date: November 2009
Pages: 840

A solid introduction to writing powerful web applications usingPHP 5.3

As one of the most popular open-source web-programming languagesin use today, PHP is an ideal server-side scripting language thatconnects HTML-based web pages to a backend database for dynamiccontent. It allows you to create anything from a simpleform-to-email script to a web forum application, a bloggingplatform, or a content management system. This guide introduces thePHP language and shows how to write powerful web applications usingPHP.

  • Looks at the ways that PHP programs interact with web serversand other technologies such as HTML

  • Teaches you how to build robust web applications and change theflow of your scripts with decisions and loops

  • Examines ways to create and use strings, arrays, objects,functions, and files in your scripts

  • Shares tips for creating interactive web forms in PHP, as wellas capturing user input

  • Unveils methods for preserving an application's state betweenpage views

  • Offers advice on how to work with MySQL databases using PHP

  • Includes best practices for using PEAR to speed up yourapplication development

  • Presents techniques for manipulating XML from within your PHPscripts

  • Walks you through the creation and manipulation of web graphicsusing PHP

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