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PHP3: Programming Browser-based Applications
October 11, 1999
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manuellemos.net"PHP 3 - Programming Browser based Applications" is a very objective book. Instead of addressing all kinds of areas on which PHP may be used, the author, David Medinets, clearly opted for going straight to the point and cover the subjects that matter to most of the PHP users.
It starts address the installation and configuration of a PHP environment based on Apache and MySQL. Then, after a couple of chapters that introduce the basics of the language, it addresses all the important aspects of starting Web based database applications programming in PHP. The example applications are very clear and helpful. It even dedicates a whole chapter to phpMySQL database setup program that is very helpful, in particular for those that are getting started.
After a practically loose chapter about pattern matching, the book enters into more advanced subjects with two very good chapters on Object Oriented programming: one introductory and another with a real world example of how could a hierarchy of classes of objects be used to control and customize the output of HTML pages.
Web programming specific issues are address in two chapters about things as HTTP headers, CGI, URL, security, cookies, form processing, and a whole chapter dedicated to HTTP authentication.
More advanced issues on database programming are addressed in two more chapters about complex database access procedures and solutions for handling simultaneous users editing data stored in databases.
Finally, the last two chapters are dedicated to XML. Here XML aspects are described in detail in the first of the chapters with the contribution of John E. Simpson, a XML expert. The last chapter is a complete example of how PHP could be used to process and extract information from XML files.
Overall this book is very good in particular for those that are getting started with PHP. The title of the book may sound a little odd and deceiving because it sounds as if it is about advanced HTML programming rather than full blown Web programming with PHP.
The examples presented throughout the book are made available in a CD that comes along with it. The CD also contains archives of PHP, Apache, MySQL and phpMySQL ready to be installed and run as described in the first chapters making the whole offer very worthy.
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