Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL

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Overview

There are many reasons for serving up dynamic content from a web site: to offer an online shopping site, create customized information pages for users, or just manage a large volume of content through a database. Anyone with a modest knowledge of HTML and web site management can learn to create dynamic content through the PHP programming language and the MySQL database. This book gives you the background and tools to do the job safely and reliably. Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL, Second Edition ...
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Overview

There are many reasons for serving up dynamic content from a web site: to offer an online shopping site, create customized information pages for users, or just manage a large volume of content through a database. Anyone with a modest knowledge of HTML and web site management can learn to create dynamic content through the PHP programming language and the MySQL database. This book gives you the background and tools to do the job safely and reliably. Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL, Second Edition thoroughly reflects the needs of real-world applications. It goes into detail on such practical issues as validating input (do you know what a proper credit card number looks like?), logging in users, and using templates to give your dynamic web pages a standard look. But this book goes even further. It shows how JavaScript and PHP can be used in tandem to make a user's experience faster and more pleasant. It shows the correct way to handle errors in user input so that a site looks professional. It introduces the vast collection of powerful tools available in the PEAR repository and shows how to use some of the most popular tools. Even while it serves as an introduction to new programmers, the book does not omit critical tasks that web sites require. For instance, every site that allows updates must handle the possibility of multiple users accessing data at the same time. This book explains how to solve the problem in detail with locking.

Through a sophisticated sample application--Hugh and Dave's Wine Store--all the important techniques of dynamic content are introduced. Good design is emphasized, such as dividing logic from presentation. The book introduces PHP5 and MySQL4.1 features, while providing techniques that can be used on older versions of the software that are still in widespread use.

This new edition has been redesigned around the rich offerings of PEAR. Several of these, including the Template package and the database-independent query API, are fully integrated into examples and thoroughly described in the text. Topics include:

Installation and configuration of Apache, MySQL, and PHP on Unix® , Windows® , and Mac OS® X systems

Introductions to PHP, SQL, and MySQL administration

Session management, including the use of a custom database for improved efficiency

User input validation, security, and authentication

The PEAR repository, plus details on the use of PEAR DB and Template classes

Production of PDF reports

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613911870
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Since the mid 1990s David Lane has worked as a software engineer and IT manager with the Multimedia Database Systems group at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. In that group, he has helped to develop and commercialize the Structured Information Manager, a large-scale SGML/XML document repository and a high performance Web server. David has also worked with Australia's largest telecommunications company, Telstra, in areas as diverse as Satellite Communications, Human Factors Research, and Electronic Document Interchange (EDI). David has a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science (majoring in mathematics and computer science) from Swinburne University.

Hugh E. Williams is the Associate Professor in Information Retrieval in the School of Computer Science and IT at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He teaches in all areas of computer science and began teaching databases in 1995 and PHP programming in 2000. His research interests include building better web search engines, multimedia and genomic information retrieval, and designing fast data structures. Hugh has a PhD from RMIT University.

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Table of Contents

1. Database Applications and the Web.

The Web

Three-Tier Architectures

2. The PHP Scripting Language.

Introducing PHP

Conditions and Branches

Loops

Functions

Working with Types

User-Defined Functions

A Working Example

3. Arrays, Strings, and Advanced Data Manipulation in PHP.

Arrays

Strings

Regular Expressions

Dates and Times

Integers and Floats

4. Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming with PHP 5.

Classes and Objects

Inheritance

Throwing and Catching Exceptions

5. SQL and MySQL.

Database Basics

MySQL Command Interpreter

Managing Databases and Tables

Inserting, Updating, and Deleting Data

Querying with SQL SELECT

Join Queries

Case Study: Adding a New Wine

6. Querying Web Databases.

Querying a MySQL Database Using PHP

Processing User Input

MySQL Function Reference

7. PEAR.

Overview

Core Components

Packages

8. Writing to Web Databases.

Database Inserts, Updates, and Deletes

Issues in Writing Data to Databases

9. Validation with PHP and JavaScript.

Validation and Error Reporting Principles

Server-Side Validation with PHP

JavaScript and Client-Side Validation

10. Sessions.

Introducing Session Management

PHP Session Management

Case Study: Using Sessions in Validation

When to Use Sessions

PHP Session API and Configuration

11. Authentication and Security.

HTTP Authentication

HTTP Authentication with PHP

Form-Based Authentication

Protecting Data on the Web

12. Errors, Debugging, and Deployment.

Errors

Common Programming Errors

Custom Error Handlers

13. Reporting.

Creating a Report

Producing PDF

PDF-PHP Reference

14. Advanced Features of Object-Oriented Programming in PHP 5.

Working with Class Hierarchies

Class Type Hints

Abstract Classes and Interfaces

Freight Calculator Example

15. Advanced SQL.

Exploring with SHOW

Advanced Querying

Manipulating Data and Databases

Functions

Automating Querying

Table Types

Backup and Recovery

Managing Users and Privileges

Tuning MySQL

16. Hugh and Dave's Online Wines: A Case Study.

Functional and System Requirements

Application Overview

Common Components

17. Managing Customers.

Code Overview

Customer Validation

The Customer Form

18. The Shopping Cart.

Code Overview

The Winestore Home Page

The Shopping Cart Implementation

19. Ordering and Shipping at the Online Winestore.

Code Overview

Credit Card and Shipping Instructions

Finalizing Orders

HTML and Email Receipts

20. Searching and Authentication in the Online Winestore.

Code Overview

Searching and Browsing

Authentication

A. Linux Installation Guide

B. Microsoft Windows Installation Guide

C. Mac OS X Installation Guide

D. Web Protocols

E. Modeling and Designing Relational Databases

F. Managing Sessions in the Database Tier

G. Resources

H. The Improved MySQL Library

Index

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