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PayPal "Buy Now" Button

PayPal's "Buy Now" buttons are ideal for ecommerce impulse sales. They are easy for the customer to use and there's no lengthy check-out procedure. One click and you're on PayPal's secured site. They are also very easy to install and for this reason sometimes get ignored when it comes to tracking and securing sales.

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Using MySQL with PDO

PDO is a PHP extension providing a data-access abstraction layer that can be used with a variety of databases. This gives you the flexibility of changing the database backend without having to alter your access methods. Even if you use MySQL exclusively, PDO can provide advantages ...

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The Magic __set_state Method

In PHP 4 there are only two magic methods, __serialize and __unserialize. PHP 5 .0 defines a number of new magic methods the most well-known being the constructor and destructor. Apart from beginning with a double underscore, magic methods in PHP are (usually) invoked indirectly.

Object-Oriented Features New To PHP5

PHP 3 was released in mid-1998. Some basic object-oriented (OO) capabilities were included, more or less as an afterthought, to "provide new ways of accessing arrays." No significant changes were made to the object model when version 4 was released in mid-2000. The basics of object-oriented programming (OOP) were there--you could create a class and single inheritance was supported. With PHP 5 ...

Interview with Wez Furlong

Wez Furlong is Chief Architect at OmniTI, Inc., and a PHP core developer responsible for the streams abstraction layer, the PDO extension, and the SQLite extension among others. We caught up with him at the php|works conference where he presented a seminar on PHP Data Objects (PDO).

php|works Toronto Conference Sept 12 - 15 2006

Rasmus Lerdorf's keynote address at the php|works conference in Toronto opened in typical iconoclastic style: "The web is broken. You can all go home now." (See http://talks.php.net/show/torkey06/1 for a complete overview.) This is something of an overstatement but a serious reference to security flaws in Internet Explorer, Apache and Flash. Rasmus went on to ...


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These articles give technical insight into the way softcoded creates web sites. The subjects covered include use of databases, Cascading Style Sheets, modular development, search engine optimization and other relevant issues. Consistent web design principles are demonstrated throughout.


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DocsLite for SQLite  (pdf)
Using Pandoc with DocBook  (pdf)
The xmllint Shell  (pdf)
mysqldump for Developers  (pdf)
Getting Started with Nutch  (pdf)
OpenWrt Logs  (pdf)
Installing Solr  (pdf)
Kobo EPUBs  (pdf)
The Compleat CouchDB  (pdf)
MariaDB Debian Packages  (pdf)
Installing MariaDB on Maverick Meerkat  (pdf)
PHP Subject/Observer  (pdf)
"Buy Now" Button  (pdf)
Using MySQL with PDO  (pdf)
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OOP in PHP5  
Interview: Wez Furlong  
php|works Conference  
Programming PHP 2/e  
LinuxWorld  
PHP is Hot  
Open Sources 2.0  
PHP Security  (pdf)
php | works 2005  
Open Source for the Enterprise  
Test Driving Linux  (pdf)
Firefox Hacks  
Using cURL  (pdf)
MySQL Queries  (pdf)
The CSS Cookbook  
Security & Paypal  (pdf)
Using PHP-Nuke  (pdf)
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Error Class  (pdf)
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Upgrading Access  (pdf)
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Search Engine/Directory Submission  (pdf)
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Installing MySQLGraphic  (pdf)
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