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An Introduction to PHP for Scientists and Engineers

Beyond JavaScript

Brooks, David R.


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  • Provides scientists and engineers with a basic introduction to PHP for server-side programming, providing the capability to create and access data files stored on a remote server

PHP, originally created in 1994 as a ‘Personal Home Page’ tool, is a server-side programming language that can be used to solve numerous computing problems that a client-side language like JavaScript cannot.

This highly useful text/reference presents key information needed to write your own online science and engineering applications, including reading, creating and manipulating data files stored as text on a server, thereby overcoming the limitations of a client-side language. This book focuses on those elements of the language - such as file input/output, arrays, built-in math functions, and user-created functions - that are essential for solving a wide range of scientific/engineering computing problems. It assumes a working knowledge of HTML, programming concepts, and JavaScript, C or a similar language.


• Offers a working knowledge of PHP, essential for server-side programming

• Includes detailed code examples to guide the reader

• Contains several complete applications that show how to take advantage of server-side programming capabilities

• Extremely accessible, and ideal for self-study

• Provides an author-supported supplementary website containing code examples (www.pages.drexel.edu/~brooksdr/DRB_web_page/BookCode/PHPBookCode.htm)

• Directly addresses the needs of engineers, scientists and working professionals by explaining precisely those components of PHP required

This concise applications-oriented text is an exceptional shortcut to learning the essentials of PHP and is ideal for self-study or course use.

Dr. Brooks has authored several successful Springer titles, including: Problem Solving with Fortran 90 for Scientists and Engineers; C Programming: The Essentials for Engineers and Scientists; and An Introduction to HTML and JavaScript for Scientists and Engineers.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » C programming language - HTML - JavaScript - PHP - Windows - learning - programming language

Related subjects » Computational Intelligence and Complexity - Engineering - Popular Science - Software Engineering

Table of contents 

Creating a Server-Side Environment for PHP.- Working with PHP.- PHP Arrays.- Summary of Selected PHP Language Elements.- Using PHP from a Command Line.

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