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Open Source Web Development with LAMP: Using Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl, and PHP by Brent Ware, James Lee

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Introduction

It seems that now we’ve finally reached the era that has been promised for decades, since the advent of the mass-produced personal computer. Hardware is cheap and powerful. Bandwidth is available to almost everyone. Even our parents, in such disparate locales as rural Texas and suburban Los Angeles, have fast Internet connections using satellite and cable. Unless you’re a serious gamer, the cheapest home computer will serve most every forseeable purpose. [1] Moore’s Law has outrun feature creep, for now.

[1] Okay, we haven’t reached computer nirvana yet—computers aren’t as easy to use as they ought to be. Too much of the Web is a tradeoff of personal privacy versus ease of use. Our parents still have trouble installing their peripherals, ...

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