ServerCore helps you write programs that run on Web servers. As explained in Foundations, that’s where much of the business value of the Web is. It’s not surprising that companies want to hire people with server-side skills. Even humans, as well as us dogs.

ServerCore covers the programming language PHP. Other languages are used on the server-side, like PERL, Ruby, Java, and C#. The first chapter explains why PHP was chosen. The second chapter is short, talking about how PHP works, and (free!) tools for writing PHP.

The rest of the book talks about things you can do with PHP, like getting form data, saving it into a database, creating reports, and making a log in system for security.

ServerCore will not make you a professional PHP programmer. But that’s not the goal.

ServerCore covers just the most important bits of PHP. It shows how PHP is used to solve real, though simplified, problems. When you finish ServerCore, you will know enough to:

  • Install and customize PHP applications. Understand the support forums. Work with Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, PHPauction, phpGroupWare, WebCalendar, osCommerce Online Merchant, Noah’s Classifieds, Help Center Live, Coppermine Photo Gallery, PhpWiki, Open-Realty, dotProject, phpFormGenerator, phpRPG, ChurchInfo, ... and thousands of others programs.
  • Work with PHP professionals. Know what questions to ask. Understand their answers.
  • Get started on a Web tech career. Or decide whether it’s right for you.
  • Satisfy your curiosity about how things work.

So, let’s get started!


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