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 ...