Back Cover The definitive introduction for today's most powerful PHP 5 techniques In this book, PHP 5's co-creator and two leading PHP developers show you how to make the most of PHP 5's industrial-strength enhancements in any project -- no matter how large or complex. Their unique insights and realistic examples illuminate PHP 5's new object model, powerful design patterns, improved XML Web services support, and much more. Whether you're creating Web applications, extensions, packages, or shell scripts -- or migrating PHP 4 code -- here are high-powered solutions you won't find anywhere else. properties and methods to polymorphism, interfaces, and reflection Master the four most important design patterns for PHP development Write powerful Web applications: handle input, cookies, session extension, and more Integrate with MySQL, SQLite, and other database engines Provide efficient error handling that's transparent to your users Leverage PHP 5's improved XML support -- including parsing, XSLT conversions, and more Build XML-based Web services with XML-RPC and SOAPMake the most of PEAR: work with the repository, use key packages, and create your own Upgrade PHP 4 code to PHP 5 -- compatibility issues, techniques, and practical workarounds Improve script performance: tips and tools for PHP optimization Use PHP extensions to handle files/streams, regular expressions, dates/times, and graphics Create original extensions and shell scriptsI its new object-oriented capabilities. If you're an experienced PHP programmer, you already recognize PHP's convenience and simplicity. Now, discover all of its extraordinary power! About the Software At this book's exclusive, private link to Zend.com, download a fully functional 90-day version of Zend Studio IDE, today's breakthrough toolfor developing, managing, and debugging PHP code. Bruce Perens' Open Source Series is a definitive series of Linux and Open Source books by the world's leading Linux software developers. Bruce Perens is the primary author of The Open Source Definition, the formative document of the open source movement and the former Debian GNU/Linux Project Leader.