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PHP Professional Projects [Paperback]

Ashish Wilfred , Meeta Gupta , Kartik Bhatnagar
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Book Description

April 2 2002 Professional Projects
This book provides a hands-on approach to learning PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, which is a server-side scripting language. The book is aimed at both novice as well as advance level readers. Readers might only have the basic knowledge of HTML or might already know Web-based programming. The readers will use the PHP concepts that they learn in the book to create professional projects.

The book starts with a few overview chapters that cover the key concepts of Web-based programming. These chapters act as an information store for programmers who may need to brush up their prior programming knowledge. A major part of the book revolves around professional projects. These projects enable programmers to learn about various tasks by following a simple to complex approach. Each project covers a specific subject area and guides the readers by using practical scenarios. The projects range from a simple project that involves creating plain data entry Web pages using HTML and saving the information in a text file. Then the books moves to complex projects that involve creating Web pages containing PHP scripts and storing information in MySQL databases. These projects help programmers to accomplish their goals by understanding the practical and real-life application of PHP in Web page designing. Each project in the book is a guide for the reader to create a part of a large Web site.

Apart from the overview chapters and the professional projects, this book also includes two additional sections, Beyond the Lab and Appendices. The Beyond the Lab section serves as both a summary of what the reader has learned throughout the projects and as a road map for where the reader can go to expand on this knowledge. This section also covers the future direction of the programming language. The Appendices act as a quick reference for PHP functions and certain concepts that a reader might want to explore further.

Use PHP to accomplish real-world, professional tasks.

Incorporating five hands-on projects, PHP Professional Projects is your key to unlocking the power of PHP. Each project focuses on a specific PHP concept and is based on a real-world situation. You will be able to use the skills that you develop throughout the book to modify the projects as needed to fit your professional needs.


Using various form elements, create a user registration form for an online shopping site. You will use PHP script to track form value and check for errors. Your PHP script will give you experience using variables, operators, and control structures.


Using the registration form that you have just created, you will learn how to store data in a file and to retrieve the data using various file functions. You will learn the basics of file handling such as reading and writing to a file as well as pack and unpack functions.


Begin by creating a database table and inserting data with a form and PHP script. Query your database table based on specific criteria and allow results to be displayed. Further your understanding of handling data storage and using PHP with a SQL database.


Cover all of the steps necessary to create a product catalog and shopping cart with PHP begin-ning with user registration. Learn how to add and remove products and customers and to send a feedback message using the mail function.


Learn how to configure HTTP authentication on Apache and to create users. Begin with the basics of password-based authentication and password storage. Then create a PHP script that will validate users, and learn how to use cookies and sessions to track users.

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The authors of PHP Professional Projects have solutions to some of the big problems that creators of dynamic Web sites encounter in PHP. This book has considerable merit: The pages explain how to write product catalogues, shopping carts, session-tracking routines, and user authentication utilities in PHP, often with the MySQL database server holding up the back end. If you're the sort of reader who wants a quick solution, you'll be happy to find the solutions on a companion Web site. If you want to learn from the authors--after all, similar solutions are free for the taking on Sourceforge and other code repositories--you'll be fairly pleased as well, since there are several nice tutorials.

When it comes to the PHP code listings in this book, you'll either be impressed by the spacious layout with plenty of room for notes, or aghast at the amount of space taken up by uninterrupted, uncommented stretches of code. Either way, the code is solidly written--it's efficient and worth studying as part of your educational effort--but some weird and unnecessary line breaks damage the flow a bit. The point: This is a book of solutions that work, with long code listings for people who like to study that way. --David Wall

Topics covered: Solving common Web-site problems with PHP and MySQL. Sections address the fundamentals of PHP and MySQL, but the authors quickly transition into full applications: A shopping cart, a user authenticator, an e-mail sender, and a graphics-file manipulator are among the best.

About the Author

Ashish Daniel Wilfred is Microsoft Certified in Visual Basic 6.0, Visual C++, Windows NT 4.0 Server, and Windows NT Workstation 4. He has worked for the past three years at NIIT Ltd. For the past two years, he has been working as a development executive in the Knowledge Solutions Business (KSB) division of NIIT. During his tenure at KSB, Ashish has had the opportunity to work on varied technical assignments. His work involves designing, developing, testing, and implementing of instructor-led training courses. He has developed learning materials for audiences with profiles ranging from network administrators to programmers. He developed learning materials on a wide range of technologies such as Windows 2000, Windows XP, SQL, Cisco, and Office XP. The learning materials were developed on different media such as ILTs, CBTs, WBTs, and books for various NIIT clients such as Microsoft, Course Technology, and Premier Press. Ashish also possesses experience in networking at NIIT Ltd. Before joining KSB, he was the network administrator at the School for Employee Education and Development (SEED), a division of NIIT.

Meeta Gupta has a masters degree in computer engineering. At NIIT Ltd., she designs, develops, and authors books on a variety of subjects. She has co-authored books on TCP/IP, A+ Certification, Visual C#, ASP.net, and Storage Area Networks (SANs). She also has extensive experience in designing and developing ILTs. Besides writing, Meeta has two years of experience in training and instruction. She was involved with the CEG division of NIIT Ltd, which is a premier institute for providing computer-related knowledge to a wide range of clients from students to corporations.

Kartik Bhatnagar is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) with an MBA in systems and is currently employed as a development executive with NIIT. His work involves design, development, testing, and implementation of instructor-led training courses and textbooks. Kartik has developed several instructor-led training courses on Macintosh OS 9.0, Cisco Security, and Windows 2000 Server. He has done extensive research and implementation of Cisco Security, Windows 2000 Security, and Oracle Applications. He has authored a book on Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

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2.0 out of 5 stars This book is only for beginners Nov. 11 2002
I needed some help in the development of a fantasy sports website. I already knew some of the php basics from reading some tutorials on the web and this was my second php project. So I bought this book for three reasons 1-Its title (professional projects) 2-Its size 3-Its price which is higher than other php books. But although I found out some good things in this book like the beyond the lab chapters, for me it was a disappointment for several reasons:1-I had to read things I already know (programming basics).2-A lot of white spaces(the book should be half its size)3-The book is over priced...
If you want to buy this book make sure that you are a complete beginner or else you will not find a lot.
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First off, this is not a book for professional projects. The topics that the author discuss are very basic and not really pointing out any key concept. This book is more appropriate with the title such as 'Beginner Guide to PHP'. There are also typos throughtout the entire book. I spent more time correcting the errors in the code sample than graspping the concept itself. Not to mention that the examples layout on the page are very unorganized, the book doesn't make good use of margin and tabs. The screen captures are not very well prepared. Good book to read for fun or freshing up on PHP, but definetely not for professional projects.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Consider Something Else! Feb. 10 2003
By ejb
This book was a great disappointment! I am building a large application in PHP and was looking for some good project planning strategies and patterns. Instead I found the usual shopping cart examples written as if for a small scale project. The code snippets are full of white space and a few lines of code takes up an entire page, hence it is hard to follow. What little code I did try was full of errors and bad syntax. This book does not have a CD with it so you must type in all the code that you may want to start with. I suggest the book 'Web Applications Development with PHP 4.0' for your true professional projects.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Almost Unreadable Sept. 5 2003
Its not the worst book I've own, but it is very much a "type this in and view it" type book. No real explaining of deep concepts or anything like that. As far as the typos, sheesh(!), they are everywhere. And the code examples are so misaligned and wrapped around the page so strangely it is the very definition of unreadable code.
Skip this one,...
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