"This book, written by my colleague, Andi Gutmans, and two very prominent PHP developers, Stig Bakken and Derick Rethans, holds the key to unlocking the riches of PHP 5. It thoroughly covers all of the features of this new version, and is a must have for all PHP developers interested in exploring PHP 5's advanced features"
—Zeev Suraski, Co-Designer of PHP 5 and Co-Creator of the Zend Engine
Expert PHP 5 programming techniques, direct from PHP 5 co-creator and key developers
Definitive coverage of the PHP object model, design patterns, XML/SOAP integration, and more
Solid introduction and expert insights into performance tuning, PEAR, extensions, and database access
The definitive introduction to PHP 5's advanced features!
The definitive introduction for today's most powerful PHP 5 techniques
In this book, PHP 5's co-creator and two leading PHP developers show you how to make the most of PHP 5's industrial-strength enhancements in any project—no matter how large or complex. Their unique insights and realistic examples illuminate PHP 5's new object model, powerful design patterns, improved XML Web services support, and much more. Whether you're creating web applications, extensions, packages, or shell scripts—or migrating PHP 4 code—here are high-powered solutions you won't find anywhere else.
Review PHP's syntax and master its object-oriented capabilities—from properties and methods to polymorphism, interfaces, and reflection
Master the four most important design patterns for PHP development
Write powerful web applications: handle input, cookies, session extension, and more
Integrate with MySQL, SQLite, and other database engines
Provide efficient error handling that's transparent to your users
Leverage PHP 5's improved XML support—including parsing, XSLT conversions, and more
Build XML-based web services with XML-RPC and SOAP
Make the most of PEAR: work with the repository, use key packages, and create your own
Upgrade PHP 4 code to PHP 5—compatibility issues, techniques, and practical workarounds
Improve script performance: tips and tools for PHP optimization
Use PHP extensions to handle files/streams, regular expressions, dates/times, and graphics
Create original extensions and shell scripts
If you're a software developer new to PHP, you'll leap quickly into PHP and its new object-oriented capabilities. If you're an experienced PHP programmer, you already recognize PHP's convenience and simplicity. Now, discover all of its extraordinary power!
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Series Editor Bruce Perens' is an open source evangelist, developer, and consultant whose software is a major component of most commercial embedded Linux offerings. He founded or cofounded Linux Standard Base, Open Source Initiative, and Software in the Public Interest. As Debian GNU/Linux Project Leader, he was instrumental in getting the system on two U.S. space shuttle flights.
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