This is the eBook version of the printed book. If the print book includes a CD-ROM, this content is not included within the eBook version. Over the past three years PHP has evolved from being a niche language used to add dynamic functionality to small sites to a powerful tool making strong inroads into large-scale, business-critical Web systems. The rapid maturation of PHP has created a skeptical population of users from more traditional "enterprise" languages who question the readiness and ability of PHP to scale, as well as a large population of PHP developers without formal computer science backgrounds who have learned through the hands-on experimentation while developing small and midsize applications in PHP. While there are many books on learning PHP and developing small applications with it, there is a serious lack of information on "scaling" PHP for large-scale, business-critical systems. Schlossnagle's Advanced PHP Programming fills that void, demonstrating that PHP is ready for enterprise Web applications by showing the reader how to develop PHP-based applications for maximum performance, stability, and extensibility.
Over the past three years PHP has evolved from a small niche language to a powerful web development tool. Now in use on over 14 million Web sites, PHP is more stable and extensible than ever. However, there is no documentation on how to extend PHP; developers seeking to build PHP extensions and increase the performance and functionality of their PHP applications are left to word of mouth and muddling through PHP internals without systematic, helpful guidance. Although the basics of extension writing are fairly easy to grasp, the more advanced features have a tougher learning curve that can be very difficult to overcome. Many developers have complicated PHP applications that cannot be made fat enough in PHP. This is common at any moderate to high-traffic site, forcing the company hire talented, and high-priced, developers to increase performance. With Extending and Embedding PHP, Sara Golemon makes writing extensions within the grasp of every PHP developer, while guiding the reader through the tricky internals of PHP.
While there are many books on learning PHP and developing small applications with it, there is a lack of information on "scaling" PHP for large-scale, business-critical systems. PHP is now starting to make inroads into large-scale business-critical Web systems. The introduction of PHP 5 two years ago brought enterprise-grade capabilities to PHP -- capabilities that have been expanded upon and solidified with the subsequent release of PHP 5.1. Schlossnagle's "Advanced PHP Programming "demonstrates that PHP is ready for enterprise Web applications by showing the reader how to develop PHP-based applications for maximum performance, stability, and extensibility.
"PHP Web Application Security" helps readers build secure Web applications, using Apache and MySQL along with PHP 5. The book details the attacks that hackers use against Web sites, and shows how to correctly configure Apache and PHP to guard against them.
* PHP is the leading programming language for developing dynamic web applications. The simplicity of PHP, the ease of development, a large community, and the expansive repository of open source PHP libraries, make it a favorite of web designers and developers. * Describes many useful and popular packages for PHP; Explains how to maintain your own local package repository * Provides lots of examples of how to use little- or poorly-documented PHP packages.