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This book has been written with the goal of making the task of learning PHP something fun. It contains lots of information for newcomers as well as information on advanced functionality in PHP for veterans.
Irrespective of what programming level you have before you start reading this book, there are a number of key things you should be able to take away once you are done reading:
- A thorough mastery of the ins and outs of PHP programming and development-related tasks, with particularly strong knowledge of forms, databases, and multimedia.
- Able to design, develop, and deploy complex web-based solutions across several platforms.
- A good understanding of the uses PHP can be put to above and beyond handling forms.
This book assumes no PHP programming skill at all - reader will be taught from scratch in that respect. However, this book will be using terms like "variable", "function", and "loop" freely, so any prior programming experience will help enormously.
Those of you already programming in PHP and looking to extend your knowledge, then this book is ideal - you will find information on how to use the more advanced features (IMAP, XML, and Sockets), tips and tricks on how to program better PHP, and a great reference at the back.
If you are not a HTML programmer and not a Perl programmer, then do not worry - all the HTML and CGI information you need to know to use PHP is covered herein.