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Advanced PHP Programming by George Schlossnagle

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Chapter 5. Implementing with PHP: Standalone Scripts

This chapter describes how to reuse existing code libraries to perform administrative tasks in PHP and how to write standalone and one-liner scripts. It gives a couple extremely paradigm-breaking projects that put PHP to use outside the Web environment.

For me, one of the most exciting aspects of participating in the development of PHP has been watching the language grow from the simple Web-scripting-specific language of the PHP 3 (and earlier) days into a more robust and versatile language that also excels at Web scripting.

There are benefits to being an extremely specialized language:

  • It is easy to be the perfect tool for a given job if you were written specifically to do that job.

  • It is easier ...

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