PHP is an open source, server-side HTML-embedded web-scripting language for creating dynamic web pages. Outside of being browser-independent, it offers a simple and universal cross-platform solution for e-commerce, complex web, and database-driven applications.
Professional PHP4 will show you exactly how to create state of the art web applications that scale well, utilize databases optimally, and connect to a back-end network using a multi-tiered approach. This book also aims at teaching PHP by coding - among other things - FTP clients, e-mail clients, some advanced data structures, session management, and secure programming.
What does this book cover?
The whys and wherefores of PHP4
PHP installation on *nix, Windows, and MacOS X
Sessions and cookies, coding FTP clients, network-related function calls, and directory services
PHP support for LDAP
Multi-tiered development using PHP
PHP's interaction with XML
PHP with MySQL
PHP with PostgreSQL and ODBC
Securing, optimizing, and internationalizing PHP applications
PHP extension libraries
A real world employee directory, an online library application, and a GTK interface to the application
Case studies on a user privilege system and a multi-tiered WML-based shopping cart