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Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript by Robin Nixon

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Chapter 11. Form Handling

The main way that website users interact with PHP and MySQL is through the use of HTML forms. These were introduced very early on in the development of the World Wide Web in 1993—even before the advent of e-commerce—and have remained a mainstay ever since, due to their simplicity and ease of use.

Of course, enhancements have been made over the years to add extra functionality to HTML form handling, so this chapter will bring you up to speed on state-of-the-art form handling and show you the best ways to implement forms for good usability and security.

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