Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL

Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL

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By (author) Hugh E. Williams, By (author) David Lane

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  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
  • Format: Paperback | 795 pages
  • Dimensions: 193mm x 236mm x 38mm | 1,157g
  • Publication date: 27 May 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Sebastopol
  • ISBN 10: 0596005431
  • ISBN 13: 9780596005436
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 396,515

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There are many reasons for serving up dynamic content from a web site:to offer an online shopping site, create customized information pages for users, or just manage a large volume of content through a database. Anyone with a modest knowledge of HTML and web site management can learn to create dynamic content through the PHP programming language and the MySQL database. This book gives you the background and tools to do the job safely and reliably.Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL, Second Edition thoroughly reflects the needs of real-world applications. It goes into detail on such practical issues as validating input (do you know what a proper credit card number looks like?), logging in users, and using templates to give your dynamic web pages a standard look. But this book goes even further. It shows how JavaScript and PHP can be used in tandem to make a user's experience faster and more pleasant. It shows the correct way to handle errors in user input so that a site looks professional. It introduces the vast collection of powerful tools available in the PEAR repository and shows how to use some of the most popular tools. Even while it serves as an introduction to new programmers, the book does not omit critical tasks that web sites require. For instance, every site that allows updates must handle the possibility of multiple users accessing data at the same time. This book explains how to solve the problem in detail with locking. Through a sophisticated sample application--Hugh and Dave's Wine Store--all the important techniques of dynamic content are introduced. Good design is emphasized, such as dividing logic from presentation. The book introduces PHP 5 and MySQL 4.1 features, while providing techniques that can be used on older versions of the software that are still in widespread use. This new edition has been redesigned around the rich offerings of PEAR. Several of these, including the Template package and the database-independent query API, are fully integrated into examples and thorougly described in the text. Topics include: Installation and configuration of Apache, MySQL, and PHP on Unix(R), Windows(R), and Mac OS(R) X systems, Introductions to PHP, SQL, and MySQL administration, Session management, including the use of a custom database for improved efficiency, User input validation, security, and authentication, The PEAR repository, plus details on the use of PEAR DB and Template classes, Production of PDF reports.

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Hugh Williams is a senior lecturer in the School of Computer Science and IT at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, where he has taught for seven years. He currently teaches in two areas: database technology and web technology, and is the coordinator of a Masters program that focuses on the Internet and the Web. His research interests include building better search engines, bioinformatics, and designing faster data structures. When not at work Hugh likes to go running, watch Richmond play footy, and follow the cricket. Hugh has a PhD from RMIT University. Since the mid 1990s David Lane has worked as a software engineer and IT manager with the Multimedia Database Systems group at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. In that group he has helped to develop and commercialize the Structured Information Manager, a large-scale SGML/XML document repository and a high performance Web server. David has also worked with Australia's largest telecommunications company, Telstra, in areas as diverse as Satellite Communications, Human Factors Research, and Electronic Document Interchange (EDI). David has a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science (majoring in mathematics and computer science) from Swinburne University.

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"Das Buch ist, obwohl in Englisch geschrieben, sehr verständlich und auch mit normalen Englischkenntnissen leicht zu verstehen. Die Struktur ist klar und viele Programmbeispiele und Hinweise auf mögliche Fehlerquellen machen das Buch flüssig lesbar. Ich gebe dem Buch eine klare Eins." -- Linux User Group Bayreuth, 02/05 Die gesamte Rezension finden Sie unter http://www.linux-bayreuth.de/literatur/index.html

Table of contents

Preface 1. Database Applications and the Web The Web Three-Tier Architectures 2. The PHP Scripting Language Introducing PHP Conditions and Branches Loops Functions Working with Types User-Defined Functions A Working Example 3. Arrays, Strings, and Advanced Data Manipulation in PHP Arrays Strings Regular Expressions Dates and Times Integers and Floats 4. Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming with PHP 5 Classes and Objects Inheritance Throwing and Catching Exceptions 5. SQL and MySQL Database Basics MySQL Command Interpreter Managing Databases and Tables Inserting, Updating, and Deleting Data Querying with SQL SELECT Join Queries Case Study: Adding a New Wine 6. Querying Web Databases Querying a MySQL Database Using PHP Processing User Input MySQL Function Reference 7. PEAR Overview Core Components Packages 8. Writing to Web Databases Database Inserts, Updates, and Deletes Issues in Writing Data to Databases 9. Validation with PHP and JavaScript Validation and Error Reporting Principles Server-Side Validation with PHP JavaScript and Client-Side Validation 10. Sessions Introducing Session Management PHP Session Management Case Study: Using Sessions in Validation When to Use Sessions PHP Session API and Configuration 11. Authentication and Security HTTP Authentication HTTP Authentication with PHP Form-Based Authentication Protecting Data on the Web 12. Errors, Debugging, and Deployment Errors Common Programming Errors Custom Error Handlers 13. Reporting Creating a Report Producing PDF PDF-PHP Reference 14. Advanced Features of Object-Oriented Programming in PHP 5 Working with Class Hierarchies Class Type Hints Abstract Classes and Interfaces Freight Calculator Example 15. Advanced SQL Exploring with SHOW Advanced Querying Manipulating Data and Databases Functions Automating Querying Table Types Backup and Recovery Managing Users and Privileges Tuning MySQL 16. Hugh and Dave's Online Wines: A Case Study Functional and System Requirements Application Overview Common Components 17. Managing Customers Code Overview Customer Validation The Customer Form 18. The Shopping Cart Code Overview The Winestore Home Page The Shopping Cart Implementation 19. Ordering and Shipping at the Online Winestore Code Overview Credit Card and Shipping Instructions Finalizing Orders HTML and Email Receipts 20. Searching and Authentication in the Online Winestore Code Overview Searching and Browsing Authentication A. Linux Installation Guide B. Microsoft Windows Installation Guide C. Mac OS X Installation Guide D. Web Protocols E. Modeling and Designing Relational Databases F. Managing Sessions in the Database Tier G. Resources H. The Improved MySQL Library Index