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Wicked Cool PHP: Real-World Scripts That Solve Difficult Problemsby William Steinmetz
Synopses & Reviews
Instead of starting at "Hello World," Wicked Cool PHP assumes that you're familiar with the language and jumps right into the good stuff. After you learn the FAQs of life-the most commonly wished for PHP scripts-you'll work your way through smart configuration options and the art of forms, all the way through to complex database-backed scripts.
Wicked Cool PHP contains a wide variety of scripts to process credit cards, check the validity of email addresses, template HTML, and serve dynamic images and text. The 76 easily implemented scripts will also teach you how to:
Send and receive email notifications Track your visitors' behavior with cookies and sessions Override PHP's default settings Manipulate dates, images, and text on the fly Harness SOAP and other web services Create an online poll, ecard delivery system, and blog
But it's not all fun and games: Security is a big concern when programming any web application. So you'll learn how to encrypt your confidential data, safeguard your passwords, and prevent common cross-site-scripting attacks. And you'll learn how to customize all of the scripts to fit your own needs.
Dynamic Web content doesn't have to be difficult. Learn the secrets of the craft from two experienced PHP developers with Wicked Cool PHP.
Rather than explain the basics of PHP, this guide provides scripts that can be implemented immediately to make programmers lives easier. Included are scripts for processing credit cards, getting live shipping quotes, and accepting PayPal payments online.
Wicked Cool PHP capitalizes on the success of the "Wicked Cool" series from No Starch Press. Rather than focus on the basics of the language, Wicked Cool PHP provides (and explains) PHP scripts that can be implemented immediately to simplify webmasters' lives. These include unique scripts for processing credit cards, checking for valid email addresses, templating, overriding PHP's default settings, and serving dynamic images and text. Readers will also find extensive sections on working with forms, words, and files; ways to harden PHP by closing common security holes; and instructions for keeping data and transactions secure. By exploring working code, readers learn how to customize their webserver's behavior, prevent spammers from adding annoying comments, scrape information from other web sites, and much more. This is a book that's sure to appeal to PHP programmers who have been there and done that and who want a book that delivers meaty content, not only promise.
About the Author
William Steinmetz is the author of LAN Party: Hosting the Ultimate Frag Fest (Wiley) and co-author of Paint Shop Pro for Dummies (IDG). He is the webmaster and editor of StarCityGames.com, where traffic has quadrupled as a result of the changes he designed and implemented, all using PHP.
Table of Contents
WICKED COOL PHP.INTRODUCTIONChapter 1: THE FAQS OF LIFE—THE SCRIPTS EVERY PHP PROGRAMMER WANTS (OR NEEDS) TO KNOWChapter 2: CONFIGURING PHPChapter 3: PHP SECURITYChapter 4: WORKING WITH FORMSChapter 5: WORKING WITH TEXT AND HTMLChapter 6: WORKING WITH DATESChapter 7: WORKING WITH FILESChapter 8: USER AND SESSION TRACKINGChapter 9: WORKING WITH EMAILChapter 10: WORKING WITH IMAGESChapter 11: USING cURL TO INTERACT WITH WEB SERVICESChapter 12: INTERMEDIATE PROJECTSAPPENDIXCOLOPHON
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