Using PEAR

PEAR, the PHP Extension and Application Repository, is a collection of established code that programmers can incorporate into their own projects. The official Web site for PEAR is http://pear.php.net (Figure 11.26).

Figure 11.26. The home page for PEAR.

Many things I have done (or will do) in this book could be done using PEAR, including:

  • Interacting with MySQL

  • Controlling page caching

  • Sending plain or HTML email

  • Performing HTTP authentication

  • Creating and validating HTML forms

There are many advantages to using PEAR. First of all, you can more quickly develop applications. Second, your Web sites will then be relying ...

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