Short Description : PRACTICAL PHP – You’re about to learn to use the most powerful web development language that can be found, and, what’s more, you will do so with the minimum of fuss. This book was written with the goal of making the task of learning PHP something fun that you don’t have to worry about. As such, you’ll find lots of information for newcomers, even those who haven’t programmed much before. On the other end of the scale, this book is packed with lots of information on advanced functionality in PHP – if you’re a veteran user looking to take your PHP skills above and beyond where they are right now, you’ll find there is lots to be had here. The goal for this book has been to produce something you can read in whatever order you want. This book assumes no PHP programming skill at all: you’ll be taught from scratch in that respect. However, once you have the basics down, you’re encouraged to flick through the table of contents, find something that interests you most, and start reading from there. Topics covered include: variables and functions, working with files, databases and normalisation, images, parsing XML, cookies, networking, security, performance and more – it’s no wonder Practical PHP has long been regarded as the definitive reference for PHP programmers.
This edition was updated for PHP 5.2.