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PHP and MySQL Programming

About PHP and MySQL


PHP is an embedded scripting language that combines many of the features of C and Perl with a simple and easy-to-read structure.

A well-designed web-based application will be comprised of a presentation, a business logic, and a business data tier. This is referred to as the "three-tier model." The web browser provides the presentation tier, allowing the visitor to interact with the application. The back end relational database provides the business data tier, allowing business information to be stored and accessed by multiple visitors. PHP provides the business logic tier, allowing for coding of business rules. Software used in this tier is often referred to as "middle ware" since its function is to connect the presentation tier, in this case the web browser, with the business data tier, in this case the back end relational database.

For these types of applications, PHP is an excellent middle ware solution. Here's why:

Server-Side Execution With Embedded Code

There are many ways to create dynamic web sites using server-side programming languages. Many web programs are written using PHP which is an embedded scripting language. In this application the programming code is embedded directly in the HTML pages where it is to be executed. The web server executes the embedded code before transmitting the page to the visitor's browser. This has the advantage over traditional CGI programming of reducing the amount of coding required to generate the static HTML on the page and of making the code easier to understand in terms of its function within the page. PHP provides both simplicity and functionality, making it superior choice. PHP allows web pages to both send information to and receive information from the visitor's browser. Since these programs are executed on the server, the visitor cannot see the actual code that is being executed. This code is also not limited by the capabilities of the visitor's browser as are client-side programming languages such as JavaScript. This means that the code will always work the same regardless of how the visitor gets to the web page.

Cross-Platform Support and Extensibility

PHP is "open-source" and is available for many different computing platforms including most Unix platforms and Windows NT/2000. Since the source code is readily available, PHP can be compiled on any Unix system even if it has never been built there before. Being "open-source" with a well-defined Application Programming Interface (API) has allowed many people to contribute to the functionality of PHP. Support for the IMAP, SNMP, NNTP, LDAP and POP3 protocols is built-in, as is support for image manipulation, date and time functions, and arbitrary precision numbers.

MySQL Database Support

MySQL is the database of choice for a huge and growing number of developers and large organizations, including The WWWHelper. MySQL is free, fast, and lightweight - yet scalable enough to handle huge amounts of data. When coupled with PHP, Perl, or Java, this database is a powerful solution for dynamic and manageable content. Today's dynamic web sites are dependent on databases for their information. With such a high level of built-in database support, PHP is one of the best choices for developing those web sites.

Within the two fields of Internet programming technologies, server-side and client-side programming:

I. Server-Side Programming Languages

We perform Web programming in the two most common server-side languages: PHP, and Perl.

We can link scripts to text file, MySQL, Access and other databases. PHP: an open source language that is very powerful and has speedily grown in popularity due to its effectiveness and low requirements for server equipment. It can be run on any Web server with PHP installed - and since PHP is free, it is supported at almost all Web hosting accounts.

Perl: the 'old man', also open source and the first language to hit the Web (it is older than the Web). A very versatile language that provides access to every imaginable computing feature. It is just as useful for Web pages (and especially for server maintenance) as it as for regular application programming.

II. Client-Side Programming Languages

Javascript: a client-side language that can be used for a variety of purposes. It's effective for checking forms, redirecting browsers, and other similar simple tasks.

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For small businesses (Mom and Pop) who have only a few products to sell, I suggest using 2Checkout.com for online Credit Card processing.


The WWWHelper can install a simple interface module in your web site to allow you to accept credit card payments online for a fraction of what it will cost to setup a new shopping cart. Contact me here for more information and prices. Or if you prefer you can call me toll free at 800-460-2361

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