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Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and CSS in One Hour a Day: Includes New HTML5 Coverage, Sixth Edition by Rafe Colburn, Laura Lemay

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Lesson 21. Taking Advantage of the Server

At this point, you’ve learned how to publish websites using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). This lesson takes things a step further and explains how to build dynamic websites using scripts on the server. Most websites utilize some kind of server-side processing. Search engines take the user’s request and search an index of web pages on the server. Online stores use server-side processing to look up items in the inventory, keep track of the user’s shopping cart, and handle the checkout process. Newspaper websites keep articles in a database and use server-side processing to generate the article pages. This lesson introduces server-side programming using the PHP language. PHP is the most common scripting ...

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