4 LIGHTENING YOUR WORKLOADWITH INCLUDES

What this chapter covers:

  • Using PHP includes for common page elements
  • Protecting sensitive information in include files
  • Automating a "you are here" menu link
  • Generating a page's title from its filename
  • Automatically updating a copyright notice
  • Displaying random images complete with captions
  • Using the error control operator
  • Using absolute pathnames with PHP includes

One of the great payoffs of using PHP is that it can save you a lot of repetitive work. Figure 4-1 shows how four elements of a static web page benefit from a little PHP magic.

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Figure 4-1. Identifying elements of a static web page that ...

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