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PHP and MySQL Web Development, 4th Edition (Developer's Library Series) » (4th Edition)

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Authors: Luke Welling, Laura Thomson
ISBN-13: 9780672329166, ISBN-10: 0672329166
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Date Published: October 2008
Edition: 4th Edition

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Author Biography: Luke Welling

Luke Welling and Laura Thomson are co-founders of Tangled Web Design, and recently won the CCH Emerging Technology award for a site they built using PHP. Both are teachers at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia, and have five years web design experience.

Book Synopsis

Topics covered:

  • The MySQL database server (for both Unix and Windows)
  • Accessing MySQL databases through PHP scripting (the letters don't really stand for anything)
  • Database creation and modification
  • PHP tricks in order of increasing complexity--everything from basic SQL queries to secure transactions for commerce
  • Authentication
  • Network connectivity
  • Session management
  • Content customization


Shows how to combine the PHP scripting language with the MySQL database to produce interactive web sites. The guide provides examples that demonstrate tasks such as authenticating users, constructing a shopping cart, generating PDF documents and images dynamically, sending and managing email, facilitating user discussions, and managing content. Significant attention is paid to the importance of security. The CD-ROM contains PHP 4, MySQL, and Apache source code and binaries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents

IUsing PHP
1PHP crash course11
2Storing and retrieving data57
3Using arrays79
4String manipulation and regular expressions105
5Reusing code and writing functions129
6Object-oriented PHP157
7Exception handling191
8Designing your Web database205
9Creating your Web database217
10Working with your MySQL database241
11Accessing your MySQL database from the Web with PHP265
12Advanced MySQL administration285
13Advanced MySQL programming307
IIIE-commerce and security
14Running an e-commerce site323
15E-commerce security issues337
16Implementing authentication with PHP and MySQL357
17Implementing secure transactions with PHP and MySQL379
IVAdvanced PHP techniques
18Interacting with the file system and the server401
19Using network and protocol functions419
20Managing the date and time439
21Generating images451
22Using session control in PHP479
23Other useful features495
VBuilding practical PHP and MySQL projects
24Using PHP and MySQL for large projects507
26Building user authentication and personalization541
27Building a shopping cart579
28Building a content management system625
29Building a Web-based email service657
30Building a mailing list manager695
31Building Web forums751
32Generating personalized documents in portable document format (PDF)783
33Connecting to Web services with XML and SOAP819
AInstalling PHP and MySQL867




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