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  • Note how the php is embedded directly in the HTML All php code is enclosed within the tag <?php ?> Echo function prints out a string to the output stream In this case the output stream is the actual HTML document
  • * Note that all variables begin with a $ sign, even arrays and objects
  • Now that we know the basics, lets see what we can do
  • Facebook uses mysql Being open source has many advantages - continually improving, highly available, free (mostly)


  • 1. Intro to PHP Carl-Erik Svensson
  • 2. What is PHP?
    • PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML*
  • 3. Why Use PHP?
    • Simple, yet powerful scripting tool
    • Easily format and display database information
    • It is popular
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  • 4. The Basics
  • 5. The Results
    • Output from a script goes directly into the HTML that is parsed
    • This is what is meant by a ‘dynamic’ webpage
  • 6. Some Syntax
    • Generally C-like
    • Variables are not strongly typed
  • 7. Web Applications
    • Form processing
    • Database manipulation
      • Blogs
      • Forums
      • Facebook
  • 8. PHP + MySQL = Sweet
    • MySQL is an open source database software solution
    • Enables rich web applications when combined with PHP
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  • 9. Rainfall Application
    • Read the contents of a database
    • Get the rainfall data
    • Parse the results
    • Display it
  • 10. Connecting to a Database
    • PHP Has a set of functions that can be used with MySQL
    • First step is to setup a link to the desired database
  • 11. Making a Query
    • Once a link is established, querying is easy
    • Errors for any given function are returned by mysql_error()
  • 12. MySQL Result Set
    • The value returned by mysql_query() is a reference to an internal data structure
    • It can be parsed by various functions
  • 13. Associative Arrays
    • An array that can be indexed by a string
    • A set of key->value pairs
    • Very similar to a hash in Perl
  • 14. PHP foreach
    • Similar to the Perl equivalent
    • Allows iterating through each element of an array
  • 15. Put it All Together
  • 16.  
  • 17. The Results
  • 18. A Slight Improvement
    • This was not the exact code we came up with
    • I added some titles and a neat trick
      • Highlight every other row in the table
      • This makes information more readable
  • 19.  
  • 20. Samples
    • USGS Example Rainfall
    • EC Awards Committee Scholarship Database
  • 21. What Else Can PHP Do?
    • Command line scripting
    • Desktop applications
    • Anything
  • 22. Links
    • PHP Manual
    • MySQL