Beginning PHP 5.3
Serving as a complete introduction to PHP 5.3, this book walks you through all the major concepts of PHP in a way that’s easy to follow, with plenty of code snippets illustrating each concept to aid learning. You’ll discover how to install and configure PHP 5.3, how to get started with simple programs, and the basic building blocks of PHP such as variables, operators, expressions, arrays, and objects. Coverage working with files, XML, and MySQL; building Web applications with PHP; exploring the PEAR library; handling e-mail; and creating Web graphics.
From the Back Cover
A solid introduction to writing powerful web applications using PHP 5.3
As one of the most popular open-source web-programming languages in use today, PHP is an ideal server-side scripting language that connects HTML-based web pages to a backend database for dynamic content. It allows you to create anything from a simple form-to-email script to a web forum application, a blogging platform, or a content management system. This guide introduces the PHP language and shows how to write powerful web applications using PHP.
*Looks at the ways that PHP programs interact with web servers and other technologies such as HTML
*Teaches you how to build robust web applications and change the flow of your scripts with decisions and loops
*Examines ways to create and use strings, arrays, objects, functions, and files in your scripts
*Shares tips for creating interactive web forms in PHP, as well as capturing user input
*Unveils methods for preserving an application’s state between page views
*Offers advice on how to work with MySQL® databases using PHP
*Includes best practices for using PEAR to speed up your application development
*Presents techniques for manipulating XML from within your PHP scripts
* Walks you through the creation and manipulation of web graphics using PHP
About the Author
Matt Doyle has worn many hats in his professional career, including working in the fields of system administration, computer training, software development, graphic design, and website creation.