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PHP Manual – Complete and hyperlinked manual documents and explains all elements of PHP. Includes FAQ section and user comments.
Add a text-size switcher to your website with PHP and CSS – TechRepublic – This tutorial will show you how to add such a text size switcher to your Web pages using PHP and CSS, thereby immediately making your Web site more accessible and scoring you useful brownie points from everyone over the age of 50.
Add mapping functionality to websites with Image_GIS in PHP – Tech Republic – Image_GIS is a PEAR package for PHP that allows you to add digital maps to Web sites using free downloadable GIS files. Learn how to use the Image_GIS package to add mapping functionality to a Web site.
Blobbing data with PHP and MySQL – Devarticles – Showing how to store and retrieve binary data in a MySQL database by using PHP.
Building Apache and PHP – Step by step tutorials describing how to build Apache and PHP on various Unix flavours, including how to build every component and library they depend on.
Building modular XHTML web pages using PHP – A series of labs describing the process of building modular, structured and valid XHTML Web pages using the PHP server-side scripting language.
Classes and PHP – PHPBuilder – A description in plain English of what classes are, and how they can make your project easier to complete and extend.
Code injection vulnerabilities explained – Code Injection is a term used when code is injected straight into a program/script from an outside source for execution at some point in time.
Compare file contents and render the output with Text_Diff – The Text_Diff PEAR class makes it possible to compare file contents in the PHP environment and render the output in various formats. This tutorial demonstrates this class in action, illustrating how you can use it to dynamically compare file contents with PHP and render the results as a Web page.
Comprehensible PHP code – PHPBuilder – A good programmer makes her code look so simple and comprehensible that any other programmer can understand it and appreciate it.
Configuration manipulation with PHP Config – Dev Shed – This article introduces a toolkit designed specifically for manipulating configuration files, thereby reducing the number of lines of code needed to read and modify application variables. This toolkit is written in PHP and implemented as a class, suitable for use in any PHP-based application and accessible via standard OO techniques.
Control transformations using XSLT parameters – TechRepublic – Phillip Perkins outlines the advantages of using XSLT, which includes the fact that you aren’t restricting your data to one particular layout.
Create an audio stitching tool in PHP – TechRepublic – One way to provide visually impaired users with the ability to use OCR-defeating passcodes is to stitch WAV files together. Phillip Perkins shows you how to deconstruct a group of WAV files and reconstruct one large WAV file by compiling the group.
Database abstraction with PHP – Dev Shed – Explains the PEAR database abstraction layer.
Database enabled websites – A tutorial on using PHP3 and MySQL to develop database enabled applications for websites.
Date and time handling in PHP – This tutorial explains date and time handling using PHP and MySQL.
Encryption and decryption using PHP and GnuPG – Zend – The purpose of this article is to show how to encrypt and decrypt information with GnuPG using PHP.
Error handling: Stepping beyond True/False results – Zend – This article will give you the capabilities to handle errors in an elegant manner without diverging too much from your lazy ways. We will look at how to handle PHP script errors, as well as passing around your own errors with the PEAR module: PEAR_Error.
File and directory manipulation, part one – Dev Shed – PHP comes with a full-featured file and directory manipulation API that allows you (among other things) to view and modify file attributes, read and list directory contents, alter file permissions, retrieve file contents into a variety of native data structures, and search for files based on specific patterns. This file manipulation API is both powerful and flexible – two characteristics that will endear it to any developer whose ever had to work with file manipulation commands.
File and directory manipulation, part two – Dev Shed – This second segment of the tutorial on the PHP filesystem API takes you into deeper waters, showing you how to copy, delete and rename files; scan directories; work with uploaded files over HTTP; perform pattern matches on file names; and read and write to processes instead of files.
GIS mapping in PHP – A series of tutorials on using PHP to access GIS mapping information. The tutorials start with the basics, build on them, and provide many examples for more complex functions.
Google Code FAQ – Offers a tutorial to create a user-contributed map with Google Maps, PHP and Google Spreadsheets.
How to compile PHP and Apache 2 from source on Linux – Provides detailed, step-by-step information on compiling PHP as an Apache 2.0 shared module on a Linux system.
Implement MySQL-based transactions with a new set of PHP extensions – This brief tutorial will show you how to use a PHP 5.x MySQL extension, called MySQL Improved, to implement MySQL-based transactions with PHP.
Implementing Bayesian inference using PHP – Paul Meagher introduces Bayesian inference by discussing the basic mathematical concepts involved and demonstrating how to implement the underlying conditional probability calculations using PHP.
Manual quick reference – Quick reference that lists all PHP functions.
Optimizing PHP on Apache – TechGeeks – Explains how to optimize PHP on an Apache server in order to decrease server load and script execution time.
PHP – W3Schools – Provides basic to advanced PHP functions. Users can also learn how to integrate PHP with other languages such as MYSQL, AJAX, and XML.
PHP F1 – PHP tutorials and scripts for beginners.
PHP FAQ – alt.php – The home of the newsgroup alt.php, contains frequently asked questions and answers from that newsgroup.
PHP MySQL interactive website design – The lessons provided in this PHP/MySQL tutorial are short and simple. You’ll learn to create and manipulate a simple database of names and birthdates.
PHP QuickStudy – Computerworld – Article by Sharon Machlis in ComputerWorld. Explainer on the PHP scripting language and what IT managers should know about it. Includes an interview with PHP creator Rasmus Lerdorf and links to other Web resources.
PHP RRD tool tutorial – A tutorial on using RRDTool’s PHP extensions to gather data, report statistics, and generate graphs.
PHP and MySQL tutorial – PHPsimple – PHP and MySQL tutorial. Learn how to create sites using PHP and MySQL in a series of simple tutorials.
PHP and regular expressions 101 – WebReference – This tutorial steps through the POSIX-compliant regular expression functions in PHP in a straightforward manner.
PHP feedback form with source code – Tutorial for feedback, bug report, contact PHP forms includes all copy and paste code.
PHP for designers – PHP introduction for web designers by Matt Mullenweg.
PHP programming tutorial for the absolute beginner – An easy to follow tutorial which focuses on the most elementary PHP concepts. Suitable for people who have heard of PHP, but who have never actually seen or written PHP or any other programming language.
PHP security guide – Guidance from the PHP Security Consortium on how to develop more secure applications.
PHP tutorial – Martin Geisler – This tutorial is aimed at users who have no previous experience with programming in PHP or any other programming language.
PHP tutorial – Tizag – A PHP tutorial that covers all the basics of PHP. It is geared towards web developers with little or no PHP experience.
PHPCatalyst – Dedicated to provide tutorials and step-by-step help for beginners. Instructions on basics of PHP programming, examples and coding PHP with MySQL.
Pitfalls of transactions with PHP – ONLamp – Database transactions are important for data reliability and consistency. Used properly, they can prevent many types of errors. Used improperly, they can cause many other kinds of errors. Kimberlee Jensen demonstrates using transactions with PHP well.
Programming PHP – A wikibook about programming in PHP. Also provides external links for more information.
SQL Injection – Chris Shiflett – Security Corner – Article explaining SQL injection by looking at sample attacks and then introducing methods for prevention.
Saving resources with phpCache – Website Publisher – Tutorial explains how to implement the phpCache script and use it to keep your database server load low.
Search engine-friendly URLs – Website Publisher – Article describes three ways to make your URLs search engine friendly using PHP.
Searching with PHP and ht://Dig – Devshed – Adds search capabilities to site using the popular open source tools PHP3 and ht://Dig.
Serving XHTML with the correct mime type using PHP – Describes how to send XHTML with the correct mime type safely using PHP. Includes the ability to “fall back” to HTML if the viewing web-browser does not support XHTML.
Simple linear regression with PHP – In contrast with other open source languages like Perl and Python, PHP lacks a robust community effort to develop a math library. This article provides an example of a PHP math library called SimpleLinearRegression that demonstrates a general approach that can be used to develop PHP math libraries.
SimplePHP – Windows Installation Guide for Apache + PHP + MySQL + PHPMyAdmin.
Static free energy – Zend – This tutorial will show you how to produce static html pages using PHP. This is important if you want the benefits of using PHP to build sections of a site where the content of the pages doesn’t change very often.
Template example with PHP Includes – Show how to use ‘php includes’ inside a template.
Ten security checks for PHP – ONLamp – Though it’s easy to create sites in PHP, it’s not immune to sloppy coding. Clancy Malcolm explains how to recognize and fix potential security holes.
Three-Tier development with PHP 5 – ONLamp – Luis Yordano Cruz demonstrates three-tier PHP application design with PEAR::DB_DataObject, Smarty, and PHP 5. The article assumes that you have some familiarity with HTML, Smarty, PEAR::DB_DataObject, MySQL, and PHP 5.
Use BB code in your PHP application – SitePoint – BB code is a simple set of instructions that provide rules as to how a piece of text should be formatted. In this hands-on tutorial, Stoyan explains the basics that every developer should know about the use of BB code in PHP applications.
Using PHP 5′s simpleXML – This tutorial explains the usage of the Simple XML extension new to PHP 5. It provides examples of reading and querying XML data.
Using cookies in PHP – Website Publisher – Learn how to set and read cookies using the PHP scripting language.

February 4th, 2011


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