Wrap up PHP

PHP helps you bring dynamic elements to your Web site. Here are some online resources that provide information about the power of PHP.

By David Sklar and Adam Trachtenberg

PHP is a great tool for quickly bringing dynamic elements to your Web site. With its familiar syntax and low overhead, getting started is easy—and you don't need to worry about being bogged down in details when all you want is a simple script.

What's in this article is just the beginning of PHP's power. PHP lets you easily store and retrieve information from a gamut of databases: MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and more. You can create and modify images on the fly. You can manipulate text with regular expressions. You can get lost in a soup of acronyms, enhancing your programs with IMAP, LDAP, PDF, SNMP, WDDX, XML, and more.

For the latest information about PHP (and to download it) go to the official site. The online manual is a great reference for looking up functions and seeing how they're used. You can even contribute notes to share tips with fellow PHP coders. So, in essence, even the manual is open source.

If you're interested in interacting with the PHP community, there's a mailing list where all the core developers hang out and answer questions. The support page has more info about the mailing list and other helpful resources.

David Sklar is the CTO of Student.Net Publishing.

Adam Trachtenberg is the Vice President for Production of Student.Net Publishing.

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