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Mastering PHP 4.1 with CDROM Paperback – April 22, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0782129243 ISBN-10: 0782129242

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Product Details

  • Series: Mastering
  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex (April 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782129242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782129243
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,092,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Build Dynamic, Database-Driven Web Sites

PHP is a fullydeveloped, server-side embedded scripting language, and its importance for webapplication development has grown with the rise of the Apache web server. Are youa novice programmer? This book starts with the basics and takes you wherever youwant to go. A seasoned pro? You’ll be amazed at how much you can capitalizeon PHP’s power and object-oriented support, and how it leverages yourknowledge of other languages. Finally, if you’re a PHP user in search of anauthoritative reference, you need look no further. Mastering PHP 4.1guides you through all levels of real-world web programming problems and providesexpert advice on which solutions work best.

CoverageIncludes:
  • Reading and writing files
  • Validating datawith regular expressions
  • Accessing MySQL and PostgreSQLdatabases
  • Accessing LDAP servers
  • Generating images and PDF documents onthe fly
  • Building authentication and access-control systems
  • Sending e-mailand building web-to-e-mail interfaces
  • Creating your own classes
  • Closingcommon security holes in PHP scripts
  • Parsing and generating XMLdocuments
  • Using sessions to store persistent data
  • Debugging misbehaving scripts
  • Encrypting and decrypting sensitive data

About the Author

Jeremy Allen is an application developer for elliptIQ Inc. in Atlanta. He has been developing software, ranging from multiuser games to corporate intranets, for six years and has been creating programs in PHP since 1997. His wide variety of web applications ranges from content management systems to insurance apps.

Charles Hornberger is a software developer and writer living in Los Angeles. He has been using PHP since 1997 to build online stores, corporate intranets, web news sites, and meta-search engines. He is also a senior software developer for the web development and hosting company Nothing Special Network Services (www.nothingspecial.com).


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Wright on April 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
Scenario: I'm an experienced programmer and I'd tinkered with PHP a little bit but needed to get going on a serious project. Fast.
This book was the answer. It covers all the essential ground in a well structured way. Don't be fooled by the word "Mastering..." in the title. The author is not too frightened to give you another grounding in the basic principles behind web architectures - but he does it in such fluid fashion you won't get frustrated.
This book will teach you great conventions and techniques to ensure you program effectively and give you a firm foundation on which to build robust, extensible projects. The chapters: "Forms and User Interaction" and "Data Validation" are excellent.
Reading this book will incur a slight hit to your productivity. That's because the example projects are so illuminating that you'll just have to put the book down and try them out yourself. Within a few hours you'll have twenty-odd scripts open on your screen. That's pretty rare in a programming book. I usually rate them based on the brevity of the examples rather than vice-versa.
Prior to picking up this book I'd been looking up the answers to my queries using my faithful old search engine. Now I rely on this book almost exclusively. There's no crud to wade through. This book provides the answers to your questions and knits them together in a solid fabric of clear explanations, real world examples, and good style.
I think programmers of nearly every level would find this book useful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Patrick Breda on June 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
I probably own more computer books than the local library. Some are very good, others are downright terrible. Mastering PHP 4.1 is in the former category.
For starters, this book covers the newest version of PHP. An added bonus is the coverage of connecting to a PostgreSQL database. Other authors seem to assume that the only database in use with PHP is MySQL.
The authors employ an excellent writing style. Important concepts are not "glossed over," and at the same time you are not continually reminded of the obvious.
Excellent work, and that you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James E Airey on September 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a great book if you want to learn php. It goes through all of the basics and adds a lot of detail if you choose to really dig in. The index is huge and has answers to 99% of the questions I have. The attached CD really helps a lot too, since you can see the code and interact with it. A book doesn't always cut it. I recommend this book to any php newcomer and to anyone who wants a guide to this great language.
The section on SQL and database interaction also helps for those who want to work on interactive sites and storing user data. This book is the best php book I have come across yet.
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