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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
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