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Lynn Beighley is a fiction writer stuck in a technical book writer's body. Upon discovering that technical book writing actually paid real money, she learned to accept and enjoy it. After going back to school to get a Masters in Computer Science, she worked for the acronyms NRL and LANL. Then she discovered Flash, and wrote her first bestseller. A victim of bad timing, she moved to Silicon Valley just before the great crash. She spent several years working for Yahoo! and writing other books and training courses. Finally giving in to her creative writing bent, she moved to the New York area to get an MFA in Creative Writing. Her Head First-style thesis was delivered to a packed room of professors and fellow students. It was extremely well received, and she finished her degree, finished Head First SQL, and can't wait to begin her next book.
Lynn loves traveling, cooking, and making up elaborate background stories about complete strangers. She's a little scared of clowns.
In addition to his primary profession as a writer and technical consultant, Michael is the founder of Stalefish Labs (www.stalefishlabs.com), an entertainment company specializing in games, toys, and interactive media. When not glued to his computer, skateboarding, playing hockey, or watching movies with his wife, Masheed, Michael enjoys hanging out by his koi pond.
Table of Contents
It's Alive: Add Life to Your Static Pages
How It Fits Together: Connecting to MySQL
Creating Your Own Data: Create and Populate a Database
Your Application on the Web: Realistic and Practical Applications
When a Database Just Isn't Enough: Working With Data Stored in Files
Assume They're All Out to Get You: Securing Your Application
Remember Me?: Building Personalized Web Apps
Sharing is Caring: Eliminate Duplicate Code
Harvesting Data: Control Your Data, Control Your World
Better Living Through Functions: String and Custom Functions
Rules for Replacement: Regular Expressions
Drawing Dynamic Graphics: Visualizing Your Data... and More!
Interfacing to the World: Syndication and Web Services
The Top Ten Topics (We Didn't Cover): Leftovers
A Place to Play: Set Up a Development Environment
Get Even More: Extend Your PHP
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