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Table of Contents

Dedication; Credits; About the Author; Contributors; Preface; Why PHP Hacks?; How to Use This Book; How This Book Is Organized; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; How to Contact Us; Got a Hack?; Safari Enabled; Chapter 1: Installation and Basics; 1.1 Hacks 1–2: Introduction; 1 Install PHP; 2 Install PEAR Modules; Chapter 2: Web Design; 2.1 Hacks 3–10: Introduction; 3 Create a Skinnable Interface; 4 Build a Breadcrumb Trail; 5 Create HTML Boxes; 6 Add Tabs to Your Web Interface; 7 Give Your Customers Formatting Control with XSL; 8 Build Lightweight HTML Graphs; 9 Properly Size Image Tags; 10 Send HTML Email; Chapter 3: DHTML; 3.1 Hacks 11–26: Introduction; 11 Put an Interactive Spreadsheet on Your Page; 12 Create Pop-Up Hints; 13 Create Drag-and-Drop Lists; 14 Build Dynamic HTML Graphs; 15 Section Your Content with Spinners; 16 Create Drop-Down Stickies; 17 Create Dynamic Navigation Menus; 18 Obscure JavaScript Dynamically; 19 Build a DHTML Binary Clock; 20 Tame Ajax with JSON; 21 Make a DHTML Slideshow; 22 Add Vector Graphics with PHP; 23 Build a Color Selector; 24 Create Link Graphs; 25 Create an Interactive Calendar; 26 Create the Google Maps Scrolling Effect; Chapter 4: Graphics; 4.1 Hacks 27–33: Introduction; 27 Create Thumbnail Images; 28 Create Beautiful Graphics with SVG; 29 Simplify Your Graphics with Objects; 30 Split One Image into Multiple Images; 31 Create Graphs with PHP; 32 Create Image Overlays; 33 Access Your iPhoto Pictures with PHP; Chapter 5: Databases and XML; 5.1 Hacks 34–50: Introduction; 34 Design Better SQL Schemas; 35 Create Bulletproof Database Access; 36 Create Dynamic Database Access Objects; 37 Generate CRUD Database Code; 38 Read XML on the Cheap with Regular Expressions; 39 Export Database Schema as XML; 40 Create a Simple XML Query Handler for Database Access; 41 Generate Database SQL; 42 Generate Database Select Code; 43 Convert CSV to PHP; 44 Scrape Web Pages for Data; 45 Suck Data from Excel Uploads; 46 Load Your Database from Excel; 47 Search Microsoft Word Documents; 48 Create RTF Documents Dynamically; 49 Create Excel Spreadsheets Dynamically; 50 Create a Message Queue; Chapter 6: Application Design; 6.1 Hacks 51–66: Introduction; 51 Create Modular Interfaces; 52 Support Wiki Text; 53 Turn Any Object into an Array; 54 Create XML the Right Way; 55 Fix the Double Submit Problem; 56 Create User-Customizable Reports; 57 Create a Login System; 58 Apply Security by Role; 59 Migrate to MD5 Passwords; 60 Make Usable URLs with mod_rewrite; 61 Build an Ad Redirector; 62 Add a Buy Now Button; 63 Find Out Where Your Guests Are Coming From; 64 Import Information from vCards; 65 Create vCard Files from Your Application's Data; 66 Create a Shopping Cart; Chapter 7: Patterns; 7.1 Hacks 67–78: Introduction; 67 Observe Your Objects; 68 Create Objects with Abstract Factories; 69 Flexible Object Creation with Factory Methods; 70 Abstract Construction Code with a Builder; 71 Separate What from How with Strategies; 72 Link Up Two Modules with an Adapter; 73 Write Portable Code with Bridges; 74 Build Extensible Processing with Chains; 75 Break Up Big Classes with Composites; 76 Simplify APIs Using a Façade; 77 Create Constant Objects with Singletons; 78 Ease Data Manipulation with Visitors; Chapter 8: Testing; 8.1 Hacks 79–85: Introduction; 79 Test Your Code with Unit Tests; 80 Generate Your Unit Tests; 81 Check for Broken Links; 82 Test Your Application with Simulated Users; 83 Test Your Application with Robots; 84 Spider Your Site; 85 Generate Documentation Automatically; Chapter 9: Alternative UIs; 9.1 Hacks 86–94: Introduction; 86 Create Custom Maps with MapServer; 87 Build GUI Interfaces with GTk; 88 Send RSS Feeds to Your IM Application Using Jabber; 89 IRC Your Web Application; 90 Read RSS Feeds on Your PSP; 91 Search Google by Link Graph; 92 Create a New Interface for Amazon.com; 93 Send SMS Messages from Your IM Client; 94 Generate Flash Movies on the Fly; Chapter 10: Fun Stuff; 10.1 Hacks 95–100: Introduction; 95 Create Custom Google Maps; 96 Create Dynamic Playlists; 97 Create a Media Upload/Download Center; 98 Check Your Network Game with PHP; 99 Put Wikipedia on Your PSP; 100 Create a Weather Showdown; Colophon;

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