Programming PHP

This updated edition teaches everything you need to know to create effective web applications with the latest features in PHP 5.x. You’ll start with the big picture and then dive into language syntax, programming techniques, and other details, using examples that illustrate both correct usage and common idioms.

If you have a working knowledge of HTML, the authors’ many style tips and practical programming advice will help you become a top-notch PHP programmer.

  • Get an overview of what’s possible with PHP programs
  • Learn language fundamentals, including data types, variables, operators, and flow control statements
  • Understand functions, strings, arrays, and objects
  • Apply common web application techniques, such as form processing, data validation, session tracking, and cookies
  • Interact with relational databases like MySQL or NoSQL databases such as MongoDB
  • Generate dynamic images, create PDF files, and parse XML files
  • Learn secure scripts, error handling, performance tuning, and other advanced topics
  • Get a quick reference to PHP core functions and standard extensions

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3 Comments

IADev on 01/13/2015 at 9:59 AM.

Solid PHP Guide While not an important part of the book itself-the foreword was one of the best I have read in a technical book. It really describes how many people get started with PHP-it is accessible. This book provides a lot more structure than randomly placing PHP statements that have been googled together. I have not had the chance to review other editions, but it was noted that the material had been updated for the latest features of PHP version 5. With over 500+ pages, this feels like the O’Reilly…

Michael P. Adams on 01/13/2015 at 10:15 AM.

Well written for a programming text I have a bad habit of buying programming books on a whim. That being said, this turned out to be a pleasant surprise.* The examples are immediately useful. I’ve already been able to code minor things for work and home in the past 3 days; I’ve barely used PHP seriously in 10 years.* Its modern. A lot of books tend to be obsolete by the time they come to print. This book has updated stuff for MySQL + NoSQL; object-oriented behavior; graphics; PDFs; etc. I expect to get much use…

Neil on 01/13/2015 at 10:34 AM.

More of a reference than an introduction 0