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Wicked Cool PHP: Real-World Scripts That Solve Difficult Problems [Paperback]

William Steinmetz , Brian Ward
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19 Feb 2008 1593271735 978-1593271732 1

Instead of starting at "Hello World," Wicked Cool PHP assumes that you're familiar with the language and jumps right into the good stuff. After you learn the FAQs of life-the most commonly wished for PHP scripts-you'll work your way through smart configuration options and the art of forms, all the way through to complex database-backed scripts.

Wicked Cool PHP contains a wide variety of scripts to process credit cards, check the validity of email addresses, template HTML, and serve dynamic images and text. The 76 easily implemented scripts will also teach you how to:

  • Send and receive email notifications
  • Track your visitors' behavior with cookies and sessions
  • Override PHP's default settings
  • Manipulate dates, images, and text on the fly
  • Harness SOAP and other web services
  • Create an online poll, ecard delivery system, and blog

    But it's not all fun and games: Security is a big concern when programming any web application. So you'll learn how to encrypt your confidential data, safeguard your passwords, and prevent common cross-site-scripting attacks. And you'll learn how to customize all of the scripts to fit your own needs.

    Dynamic Web content doesn't have to be difficult. Learn the secrets of the craft from two experienced PHP developers with Wicked Cool PHP.


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    • Paperback: 216 pages
    • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (19 Feb 2008)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1593271735
    • ISBN-13: 978-1593271732
    • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 cm
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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    About the Author

    William Steinmetz is the author of LAN Party: Hosting the Ultimate Frag Fest (Wiley) and co-author of Paint Shop Pro for Dummies (IDG). He is the webmaster and editor of StarCityGames.com, where traffic has quadrupled as a result of the changes he designed and implemented, all using PHP.


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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    By Ade H
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    The most positive characteristic of this book is its accessibility: it's the only PHP book that I have read without frequently thinking "what on earth do they mean by that?" The writing style is not formal - in fact, it's too flippant on occasions - but it's well written and easy to follow. It succeeded in getting me to understand one or two functions that had previously been confusing and the introduction to regular expressions would make a good grounding before tackling more advanced regex tasks. I really liked the "What can go wrong" segments: every programming book should have such information separated out like that.

    The structure is slightly less well-ordered, though: it has a habit of referring to previous or forthcoming information, so you will be flicking back and forth at times. The incomplete code archive was a big annoyance: you will face some careful typing when you want to try out the examples for yourself. This is a second edition, so the archive should have been sorted by now.

    I was disappointed with its incomplete treatment of most of its topics; more than is usual for this type of book. I was really interested in the details of processing form content into e-mails, but this important core function of any website gets little more than brief coverage of validation. The first chapter is titled "The Scripts That Every PHP Programmer Wants to Know", but it missed a lot that could and should have been included. Maybe it was a bit too ambitious in its aims for a book of this modest size, and it left me with a lot of unanswered questions. Although, I must point out that the other books in my possession didn't answer them very well either.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, comprehensive, practical 28 May 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have read (or, more usually, part-read!) a few books on PHP and this one is one of the easiest to work with. Some other books I own have been criticised for containing code errors in the examples they provide, whereas the code in this book often seems to achieve the same end results with code that is both shorter and easier to comprehend. With a very small amount of PHP practice under my belt I have found myself smiling as I flip to a new page and see yet another topic I was hoping would be covered. It's an excellent book for anyone intending to do some real world PHP coding and has lots of casually delivered, but invaluable, tips and insights. Recommended.
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    2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 2nd PHP book for anyone 28 Mar 2009
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    as the previous reviewer said this is not a first php book. However as a second php book it is really good. The book is packed full of useful examples of code and the writer has a nice easy writing style - not too much detail, but enough to get every example to work and understood to a good level.
    Great Job.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guild 18 Sep 2012
    Format:Paperback
    This book was just my level of PHP that I could both follow it and learn from it to. It has a lot of useful solutions to common problems and how to tackle them as well as some advanced issues. My PHP knowledge and understanding has improved greatly through reading this book.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars good starter for PHP 8 Aug 2011
    By Damien
    Format:Paperback
    This book serves as a good starter for anyone looking to get to grips with php. It has a range of great examples though some dated still relevant.
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