Forty percent of all web applications run on PHP. With the major PHP 5 upgrade fully matured through several point releases, now’s the time to master PHP (or deepen your existing skills). Packed with both insight and code, Programming PHP, Second Edition is all you’ll need.
If you wish, you can start comfortably with the absolute basics: data types, variables, flow control, functions, strings, arrays. Or, focus on what’s new: there’s detailed coverage of PHP 5’s improvements in object and XML support; a quick briefing on PHP Data Objects, and a thoroughly modernized chapter on extending PHP.
Or simply use this book as a problem solver. Need to output PDF? It’s explained. Need to build a database application? There’s a ten-page case study. Need to secure your scripts against SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and other exploits? You’ll find surprisingly simple solutions. Bill Camarda, from the July 2006 Read Only