PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy

Author: David Powers

Category: Technical

Tag: Web/HTML/CSS/Ajax

Posted on 2007-06-22, updated at 2008-04-23. By anonymous.


  • Author: David Powers

In this book you'll learn how to:

- 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

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&8212;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. The book has been written with an eye on forward and backward compatibility--recommending the latest PHP 5 techniques, but providing alternative solutions for servers still running PHP 4.3. All database examples demonstrate how to use the original MySQL extension, MySQL Improved, or the PHP Data Objects (PDO) introduced in PHP 5.1, letting you choose the most suitable option for your setup.

Summary of Contents:

Chapter 1: What Is PHP--And Why Should I Care?

Chapter 2: Getting Ready to Work with PHP

Chapter 3: How to Write PHP Scripts

Chapter 4: Lightening Your Workload with Includes

Chapter 5: Bringing Forms to Life

Chapter 6: Uploading Files

Chapter 7: Using PHP to Manage Files

Chapter 8: Generating Thumbnail Images

Chapter 9: Pages That Remember: Simple Login and Multipage Forms

Chapter 10: Setting Up MySQL and phpMyAdmin

Chapter 11: Getting Started with a Database

Chapter 12: Creating a Dynamic Online Gallery

Chapter 13: Managing Content

Chapter 14: Solutions to Common PHP/MySQL Problems

Chapter 15: Keeping Intruders at Bay

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