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Write dynamically generated pages with ease using PHP! Dive into the new edition of this popular guide to PHP. With a true focus on the essentials, this book gives you the solid foundation in PHP programming you’re looking for. And you don’t have to be a computer scientist or programmer to learn from it! The simple, learn-by-example format of "PHP Essentials" will allow you to quickly use the power of PHP to develop successful, dynamic Web sites.

PHP is a server-side scripting language comparable to MS ASP or Cold Fusion. PHP is an open-source and cross-platform language that works with Linux, UNIX and Windows NT operating systems. PHP4 Essentials covers everything from basic PHP techniques such as the variables in HTML, PHP and HTTP, to advanced applications such as mySQL administration. If you are a beginning developer, you can use PHP4 Essentials to help you create diverse web pages. If you are an advanced user of PHP, you will find the annotated language reference included in PHP4 Essentials useful while you design your own advanced applications. Programming.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These three guides cover the popular open-source programming language for creating dynamic web sites (see also Computer Media, LJ 3/1/02); libraries owning first editions should update. Essentials addresses topics from installing PHP to working with database systems. Advanced techniques cover working with images and XML, and appendixes include a language reference and recommended online resources. A useful and stripped-down introduction, appropriate for all libraries.Web Development, appropriate for larger libraries and intermediate programmers, focuses on the use of PHP with the equally popular MySQL. Part 1 explains using the language, while Part 2 adds extra value with thorough explanations of real-world projects such as user authentication, shopping carts, and online forums. Appendixes cover installing PHP, Apache, and MySQL under both UNIX and Windows and recommended resources; the CD contains source code, software, and the entire title in PDF format. A good crash course in building dynamic web sites with the two technologies; buy in conjunction with more basic guides. Core relates to intermediate to advanced programmers, tackling the new features and useful functions of the yet-to-be-released PHP v.5. Sample code is provided; the authors ask readers to extend functionality on their own. Appendixes include escape sequences, ASCII codes, operators, tags, configuration, online resources, and a style guide. For libraries serving large programming communities. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931841344
  • Publisher: Course Technology, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Meloni is the technical director for i2i Interactive, a multimedia company located in Los Altos, CA. She’s been developing Web-based applications since the Web first saw the light of day and remembers the excitement surrounding the first GUI Web browser. She is the author of several books and articles on Web-based programming languages and database topics, and you can find translations of her work in several languages, including Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, and even Serbian.
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Chapter 1: Getting Started with PHP

So, what's all the hoopla about "fip"? First, it's not "fip"-it's P-H-P, from its original name: "Personal Home Page Tools." PHP is a server-side scripting language. When your Web browser accesses an URL, it is making a request to a Web server. If you are requesting a PHP page, something like, the Web server wakes up the PHP parsing engine and says, "Hey! You've got to do something before I send a result back to this person's Web browser." The PHP parsing engine runs through the PHP code found in home. php and returns the resulting output. This output is passed back to the Web server as the HTML code in the document, which in turn is passed on to your browser, which displays it to you.

A Brief History of PNP

In 1994, an incredibly forward-thinking man named Rasmus Lerdorf developed a set of tools that used a parsing engine to interpret a few macros here and there. They were not extravagant: a guest book, a counter, and some other "home page" elements that were cool when the Web was in its infancy. He eventually combined these tools with a form interpretation (FI) package he had written, added some database support, and released what was known as PHP/FI.

Then, in the spirit of Open Source software development, developers all over the world began contributing to PHP/FI. By 1997, more than 50,000 Web sites were using PHP/FI to accomplish different tasks-connecting to a database, displaying dynamic content, and so on.

At that point, the development process really started becoming a team effort. With primary assistance from developers Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans, the version 3.0 parser was created. The final release of PHP3 occurred in June of 1998, when it was upgraded to include support for multiple platforms (it's not just for Linux anymore!) and Web servers, numerous databases, and SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) and IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol).

So where are we now? While I'm writing this paragraph just two weeks before the end of 1999, the rapid growth and popularity of PHP are apparent:

  • PHP3 is in use on over one million Web servers.
  • PHP3 ships with the Red Hat Linux distribution.
  • The PPP Development Team is close to releasing a non-beta version of PHP4, featuring a super-fast engine called Zend.

What goes PNP go?

PHP does anything you want, except sit on its head and spin. Actually, with a little on-the-fly image manipulation and Dynamic HTML, it can probably do that, too.

According to the PHP Manual, "The goal of the language is to allow Web developers to write dynamically generated pages quickly" Here are some common uses of PHP:

  • Perform system functions: create, open, read from, write to, and close files on your system; execute system commands; create directories; and modify permissions.
  • Gather data from forms: save the data to a file, send data via e-mail, return manipulated data to the user.
  • Access databases and generate content on-the-fly, or create a Web interface for adding, deleting, and modifying elements within your database.
  • Set cookies and access cookie variables.
  • Use PHP user authentication to restrict access to sections of your Web site.
  • Create images on-the-fly.
  • Encrypt data.

The future of pop

The future of PHP has arrived, with the beta release of PHP4 and the Zend engine (created by Zend Technologies). The final version of PHP4 is scheduled for release during the first quarter of 2000, and all signs point to a successful launch...

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Getting Started with PHP 2. Basic PHP Techniques 3. Working with Databases 4. Creating and Populating Database Tables 5. User Authentication 6. User Tracking and Session Management 7. Advanced PHP Techniques: Web-Based Database Administration 8. Advanced PHP Techniques: Working with Images 9. Advanced PHP Techniques: Working with XML Appendix A: Essential PHP Language Reference Appendix B: Getting Support

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I wanted to write the kind of book that you could hold on your lap without bruising yourself. I wanted to write a book that anyone could learn something from, not just someone with a degree in computer science. Ultimately, I wanted to write a book that someone could take off the shelf, skim through, and say, "Hey, this PHP thing looks like a neat language, and it's ever-so-easy to learn!"

If you've been programming with PHP since the beginning of time, there's probably not much you can get out of this book, except to hand it to your boss and say, "Look! Another book on what a wonderful language this is. Can we please stop using ASP/ Cold Fusion/Java/Perl/C++ and migrate to PEP now?" But if you've just dabbled with PHP or have never seen a PHP script, this is the book for you. Whether you're a first-time programmer or you have a few years of Web application development under your belt, you'll find something useful here. I hope what you'll find is a simple "learn-by-example" path to developing highly successful Web sites. Unlike the Web itself, this book is fairly linear. You'll start by installing the software needed to use PHP, and then you'll gradually move into "Hello World!" scripts and eventually create shopping carts and other database-driven applications.

If you have an account with an Internet Service Provider that has enabled the use of PHP for all users on the server, you can skip ahead to Chapter 2. But since you can install freely-available Web servers, PHP, and a database or two on your own machine with a little poking and prodding along the way, I recommend doing so. It's a great way to learn the "guts" of what you're doing (and it looks good on a resume!).

For More Stuff

This book has its own Web site (that figures, doesn't it?), at http:// At this site you can download all of the code samples in this book, as well as all of the samples I didn't include, such as examples geared toward alternative database types. You can also use the site to alert me to bugs and other problems you have with the examples. Although they have been tested many times, one errant semicolon or quotation mark can cause the dreaded parse error. Also, please use the Web site to tell me about examples you wish I had included. I'll do my best to keep the "Tutorials" section filled with new and exciting topics not covered in this book.

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