Synopses & Reviews
This is the second edition o David Powers ' highly-respected PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy. This new edition has been updated by David to incorporate changes to PHP since the first edition and to offer the latest techniques?a classic guide modernized for 21st century PHP techniques, innovations, and best practices. You want to make your websites more dynamic by adding a feedback form, creating a private area where members can upload images that are automatically resized, or perhaps storing all your content in a database. The problem is, you're not a programmer and the thought of writing code sends a chill up your spine. Or maybe you've dabbled a bit in PHP and MySQL, but you can't get past baby steps. If this describes you, then you've just found the right book. PHP and the MySQL database are deservedly the most popular combination for creating dynamic websites. They're free, easy to use, and provided by many web hosting companies in their standard packages. Unfortunately, most PHP books either expect you to be an expert already or force you to go through endless exercises of little practical value. In contrast, this book gives you real value right away through a series of practical examples that you can incorporate directly into your sites, optimizing performance and adding functionality such as file uploading, email feedback forms, image galleries, content management systems, and much more. Each solution is created with not only functionality in mind, but also visual design. But this book doesn't just provide a collection of ready-made scripts: each PHP Solution builds on what's gone before, teaching you the basics of PHP and database design quickly and painlessly. By the end of the book, you'll have the confidence to start writing your own scripts or?if you prefer to leave that task to others?to adapt existing scripts to your own requirements. Right from the start, you're shown how easy it is to protect your sites by adopting secure coding practices. What you?ll learn Updates to the first edition with the latest PHP techniques for modern, dynamic web design Create dynamic websites with design and usability in mind, as well as functionality Understand how PHP scripts work, giving you confidence to adapt them to your own needs Bring online forms to life, check required fields, and ensure user input is safe to process Upload files and automatically create thumbnails from larger images Manage website content with a searchable database Who this book is for
This is a must have reference book for any Web developer using PHP scripting language. If you have read the first edition classic, then this update will bring you the latest PHP techniques and best practices. If you are new to dynamic web design with PHP, then David will introduce you to the core techniques and methods for dynamic PHP web sites, ready for the 21st century Table of Contents What Is PHP?And Why Should I Care? Getting Ready to Work with PHP How to Write PHP Scripts Lightening Your Workload with Includes Bringing Forms to Life Uploading Files Using PHP to Manage Files Generating Thumbnail Images Pages That Remember: Simple Login and Multipage Forms Getting Started with MySQL Connecting to MySQL with PHP and SQL Creating a Dynamic Online Gallery Managing Content Formatting Text and Dates Pulling Data from Multiple Tables Managing Multiple Database Tables Authenticating Users with a Database
Introduction When the first edition of PHP Solutions was published, I was concerned that the subtitle, Dynamic Web Design Made Easy, sounded overambitious. PHP is not difficult, but nor is it like an instant cake mix: just add water and stir. Every website is different, so it s impossible to grab a script, paste it into a web page, and expect it to work. My aim was to help web designers with little or no knowledge of programming gain the confidence to dive into the code and adjust it to their own requirements. The enduring popularity of the first edition suggests that many readers took up the challenge. Part of the book s success stemmed from the use of clear, straightforward language, highlighting points where you might make mistakes, with advice on how to solve problems. Another factor was its emphasis on forward and backward compatibility. The solutions were based on PHP 5, but alternatives were provided for readers still stuck on PHP 4. Time has moved on. PHP 5 is now a mature and stable platform. This new edition of PHP Solutions requires PHP 5.2 and MySQL 4.1 or later. Some code will work with earlier versions, but most of it won t. The emphasis on future compatibility remains unchanged. All the code in this book avoids features destined for removal when work resumes on PHP 6 (at the time of this writing, it s not known when that will be).