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If you're an experienced web developer who's at least familiar with PHP's syntax — and especially if you work on industrial-strength projects that others may have to maintain or evolve — this book's for you. In Web Application Development With PHP 4.0, two PHP community insiders take you beyond mere coding, offering excellent insight and methodologies for planning, designing, and implementing business-critical webware with PHP.
From the start, you know this isn't another introductory PHP guide. The authors begin with proven coding conventions and techniques for organizing large projects. When they do cover features, the coverage is sophisticated: multidimensional arrays, self-modifying code, even techniques for extending PHP 4.0 with your own functions (what, PHP's 1200 built-in functions aren't enough?)
The book includes detailed coverage of session management, including security considerations (PHP is relatively secure, compared with say, CGI, but you still have to keep your wits about you). There's a full chapter on using PHPLib for vendor-independent database access; expert coverage of PHPLib's template class, even interfaces for XML parsing. You'll also read about three high-performance, high-volume PHP case study applications.
—Bill Camarda, bn.com editor