Wicked Cool PHP
Real-World Scripts That Solve Difficult Problems
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: February 2008
Pages: 216

Instead of starting at "Hello World," Wicked Cool PHP assumes that you're familiar with the language and jumps right into the good stuff. After you learn the FAQs of life-the most commonly wished for PHP scripts-you'll work your way through smart configuration options and the art of forms, all the way through to complex database-backed scripts.

Wicked Cool PHP contains a wide variety of scripts to process credit cards, check the validity of email addresses, template HTML, and serve dynamic images and text. The 76 easily implemented scripts will also teach you how to:

  • Send and receive email notifications
  • Track your visitors' behavior with cookies and sessions
  • Override PHP's default settings
  • Manipulate dates, images, and text on the fly
  • Harness SOAP and other web services
  • Create an online poll, ecard delivery system, and blog

    But it's not all fun and games: Security is a big concern when programming any web application. So you'll learn how to encrypt your confidential data, safeguard your passwords, and prevent common cross-site-scripting attacks. And you'll learn how to customize all of the scripts to fit your own needs.

    Dynamic Web content doesn't have to be difficult. Learn the secrets of the craft from two experienced PHP developers with Wicked Cool PHP.

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    Easy to understand book

    By Cristian Rojas

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    • Accurate
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      Comments about oreilly Wicked Cool PHP:

      This book dont goes deep into the PHP functions and so, It's better because it explains frequent problems and solutions to that problems with easy-to-learn code.

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      I like to recommend this book to new and enthusiastic PHP coders

      By Chetankumar Akarte

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      Comments about oreilly Wicked Cool PHP:

      PHP is a widely used server side scripting language used for producing dynamic web pages. In the PHP development lifecycle everyone face some common problem and considering this No Starch Press come with a good book "Wicked Cool PHP: Real-World Scripts That Solve Difficult Problems" written by William Steinmetz with Brian Ward.

      Wicked Cool PHP is a wide-ranging collection of complete PHP scripts that solve specific problems frequently encountered by PHP coders. Book contains 12 chapters covering 76 frequently encountered problems.


      PHP is popular web development language. Also Lots of Tips n tracks, FAQ's and tutorials available freely on web. But they are scattered and very difficult to choose a right solution among them. While during development stage, time is an important factor and this book is a handy solution on the problems commonly faced by every programmer during there PHP development experience.

      I like to recommend this book to new and enthusiastic PHP coders

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