PHP and MySQL Web Development - P8: PHP and MySQL Web Development teaches the reader to develop dynamic, secure, commercial Web sites. Using the same accessible, popular teaching style of the first edition, this best-selling book has been updated to reflect the rapidly changing landscape of MySQL and PHP. | 2 Introduction What You Will Be Able to Achieve Using This Book Reading this book will enable you to build real-world dynamic Web sites. If you ve built Web sites using plain HTML you will realize the limitations of this approach. Static content from a pure HTML Web site is just that static. It stays the same unless you physically update users can t interact with the site in any meaningful fashion. Using a language such as PHP and a database such as MySQL allows you to make your sites dynamic to have them be customizable and contain real-time information. We have deliberately focused this book on real-world applications even in the introductory ll begin by looking at a simple online ordering system and work our way through the various parts of PHP and MySQL. We will then discuss aspects of electronic commerce and security as they relate to building a real-world Web site and show you how to implement these aspects in PHP and MySQL. In the final section of this book we will talk about how to approach real-world projects and take you through the design planning and building of the following eight projects User authentication and personalization Shopping carts Content management systems Web-based email Mailing list managers Web forums Document generation Connecting to Web services with XML Any of these projects should be usable as is or can be modified to suit your chose them because we believe they represent eight of the most common Web-based applications built by programmers. If your needs are different this book should help you along the way to achieving your goals. What Is PHP PHP is a server-side scripting language designed specifically for the Web. Within an HTML page you can embed PHP code that will be executed each time the page is PHP code is interpreted at the Web server and generates HTML or other output that the visitor will see. PHP was conceived in 1994 and was originally the work of one man Rasmus Lerdorf. It .