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PHP Programming with PEAR by Stoyan Stefanov, Carsten Lucke

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Chapter 2. Displaying Data

One of the primary uses of the Internet is the presentation of data. Whether you are listing your friends' birthdays on your personal website, creating an administration interface for a web portal, or presenting a complex spreadsheet to your boss, what it comes down to is pulling the data out of a source, processing the data, and then formatting it in whichever format you need.

When it comes to creating and formatting data, many programmers have implemented their own scripts or classes to solve the same basic problems. There are many different ways to do this, but unfortunately many of the common implementations are either wrong or inefficient. In an attempt to solve a specific problem, programmers often create a half-baked ...

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