PHP Reference: Begginner To intermediate PHP5
By Mario Lurig
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PHP is a server side scripting language. that is used to develop Static websites or Dynamic websites or Web applications. PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor, that earlier stood for Personal Home Pages.
This book is for casual PHP programmers who are sometimes away from the internet, wanting a quick reference book that assumes they have some experience with PHP and understood the basics while still needing a little clarification sometimes on the details. Therefore, this book was born.
In this edition, some of the more advanced aspects of PHP programming: object oriented programming, image manipulation/creation, secondary modules, and a few others are eliminated. Secondarily, items such as mail handling, file manipulation, regular expressions, MySQL, sessions, and cookies were balanced for complexity and usability, usually excluding the more advanced uses, such as streams . Finally, this book is not an exhaustive collection of every PHP function, but a majority selection of those appropriate for beginner to intermediate programmers. The most common or effective functions are included and some aliases are left out to reduce confusion, such as including is_int() and not is_long().