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TheLinuxGurus.org: Professional PHP Programming [Review]

Sep 17, 2000, 14:37 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Before picking up this book I had never even seen a line of PHP code. I was familiar with what PHP was and knew that it was something I wanted to learn but had never took the time to learn it. I wanted to use PHP in revamping this sites looks and functionality. I was hoping that this book would teach me enough PHP to do just that."

"For those that do not know what PHP is I will try to explain. PHP is an acronym for PHP Hypertext Preprocessor and is a scripting language. While most people are familiar with scripting languages such as PERL, Java Script, Shell, and others, PHP is an embedded server side scripting language. You embed your PHP script directly into your HTML documents and it gets parsed and run on the server side, not the client side as in Java Script. If you ask my opinion (which really counts for nothing) this is a more logical and flexible way of doing things rather than writing an external program not embedded in the HTML such as a PERL cgi-bin script."

"The book starts out with a better description of PHP than I gave above along with a short history and various PHP resources. The authors then dive full force into installing and configuring PHP for your machine. Installing a program as complex and large as PHP can be a daunting task. PHP has lots of different configuration options, some of which will conflict with others, and you have many choices to make as to how PHP will operate, such as will it operate as a standalone CGI interpreter or an Apache module. The book will lead you through setup of PHP step by step and is quite easy."

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