PHP: The Complete Reference

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McGraw Hill Professional, 2008 - Computers - 590 pages
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Your One-Stop Guide to Web Development with PHP--Covers PHP 5.2

Build dynamic, cross-browser Web applications with PHP--the server-side programming language that's taken the Internet by storm. Through detailed explanations and downloadable code examples, this comprehensive guide shows you, step-by-step, how to configure PHP, create PHP-enabled Web pages, and put every advanced development tool to work.

PHP: The Complete Reference explains how to personalize the PHP work space, define operators and variables, manipulate strings and arrays, deploy HTML forms and buttons, and process user input. You'll learn how to access database information, track client-side preferences using cookies, execute FTP and e-mail transactions, and publish your applications to the Web. You'll also get in-depth coverage of PHP's next-generation Web 2.0 design features, including AJAX, XML, and RSS.

  • Install PHP and set up a customized development environment
  • Work with variables, operators, loops, strings, arrays, and functions
  • Integrate HTML controls, text fields, forms, radio buttons, and checkboxes
  • Accept and validate user-entered data from Web pages
  • Simplify programming using PHP's object-oriented tools
  • Build blogs, guest books, and feedback pages with server-side file storage
  • Write MySQL scripts that retrieve, modify, and update database information
  • Set cookies, perform FTP transactions, and send e-mails from PHP sessions
  • Build AJAX-enabled Web pages
  • Draw graphics on the server
  • Create XML components and add RSS feeds

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Working with Databases What Is a Database? Some Essential SQL Creating a MySQL Database Creating a New Table Putting Data into the New Data...
Adding New Elements and Attributes Sending XML to the Browser Interacting with Other PHP XML Packages
Operators and Flow Control

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About the author (2008)

Steven Holzner is the award-winning author of more than 100 computer books, including a number of bestsellers on PHP. He's been a contributing editor for PC Magazine, teaches programming classes at Fortune 500 companies, and has been on the faculty at Cornell University and MIT.

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