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PHP 5 Social Networking by Michael Peacock

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Chapter 1. PHP Social Networking

Welcome to PHP social networking! During the course of this book, we are going to build a flexible social networking site and framework using PHP, which we can easily extend to meet the needs of our social network.

In this chapter, you will learn:

  • More about social networks
  • About existing social networks
  • Existing social networking software
  • Why and when to roll your own system

We will also discuss the social networking website that we will create during the course of this book: DinoSpace—a social network for keepers of pet dinosaurs.

Introduction to social networks

Social networks are now one of the most widely used aspects of the Web and have really taken off over the past few years. Many businesses, organizations, communities, ...

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