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As one of the most popular open-source web-programming languagesin use today, PHP is an ideal server-side scripting language thatconnects HTML-based web pages to a backend database for dynamiccontent. It allows you to create anything from a simpleform-to-email script to a web forum application, a bloggingplatform, or a content management system. This guide introduces thePHP language and shows how to write powerful web applications usingPHP.
Looks at the ways that PHP programs interact with web serversand other technologies such as HTML
Teaches you how to build robust web applications and change theflow 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 wellas capturing user input
Unveils methods for preserving an application's state betweenpage views
Offers advice on how to work with MySQL databases using PHP
Includes best practices for using PEAR to speed up yourapplication development
Presents techniques for manipulating XML from within your PHPscripts
Walks you through the creation and manipulation of web graphicsusing PHP
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