Beginning PHP 5.3

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 6, 2011 - Computers - 840 pages
This book is intended for anyone starting out with PHP programming. If you’ve previously worked in another programming language such as Java, C#, or Perl, you’ll probably pick up the concepts in the earlier chapters quickly; however, the book assumes no prior experience of programming or of building Web applications.

That said, because PHP is primarily a Web technology, it will help if you have at least some knowledge of other Web technologies, particularly HTML and CSS.

Many Web applications make use of a database to store data, and this book contains three chapters on working with MySQL databases. Once again, if you’re already familiar with databases in general — and MySQL in particular — you’ll be able to fly through these chapters. However, even if you’ve never touched a database before in your life, you should still be able to pick up a working knowledge by reading through these chapters.

 

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Contents

Introducing PHP
3
Your First PHP Script
11
PHP Language Basics
33
Decisions and Loops
51
Strings
73
Functions
141
Objects
165
Using PHP in Practice
219
Manipulating MySQL Data with PHP
403
Making Your Job Easier with PEAR
441
PHP and the Outside World
471
Working with XML
573
Writing HighQuality Code
619
Solutions to Exercises
673
Configuring PHP
719
Alternatives to MySQL
757

Introducing Databases and SQL
337
Retrieving Data from MySQL with PHP
367
Using PHP from the Command Line
765
Index
775

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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.

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