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Core PHP Programming, Third Edition by Leon Atkinson

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Preface

My first inkling that I might like to write a book about PHP was borne out of the frustration I felt with the original PHP manual. It was a single, large HTML file with all the functions in alphabetical order. It was also on a Web server thousands of miles away from me in Canada, so it was slow to show up in my browser, even across a T1 connection. It wasn't long before it was saved on my desktop. After struggling for several months, it started to dawn on me that I could probably organize the information into a more usable format. Around that time the next version of PHP began to take shape, and with it a new manual was developed. It was organized around PHP's source code, but was less complete than the old PHP manual. I contributed descriptions ...

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