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Right now, hundreds of programmers are using PHP to solve virtually the same problems. Some are writing great code. Some are writing mediocre code. Some are searching the Web for code to steal. Now they’ve all got a single source for high-quality PHP code: The PHP Cookbook.
There are 250 “recipes” here -- but this is better than mere “cut and paste.” The authors explain exactly how and why the code works, so you can adapt it to your own situation without losing its elegance or robustness.
The solutions they provide cover the waterfront -- from simple tasks that only require a minor php.ini settings adjustment (like sending compressed web output to browsers that support it) to entire programs for handling complex challenges (like printing arrays in horizontally columned HTML tables and building bar charts).
You name it, it’s here. Session tracking. Authentication. Validating dates (and accounting for Daylight Ssavings Time). Secure forms processing. Connecting to and querying SQL databases. Fetching URLs (with GET, POST, and cookies). Generating XML, either manually or with DOM. Encrypting and decrypting data. Sending and reading email. Working with PEAR packages. Use these solutions -- and spend your precious time doing something original. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.