Easiest way to start PHP: Run PHP program in XAMPP
To begin Programming in PHP, almost everyone is faced with this simple but obvious question:
How to run PHP Program for the first time? What's the easiest way?
Answer: The easiest way to run a PHP Program for the first time is using the software bundle named XAMPP:
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Learn key differences among the PHP constructs: include vs. include_once vs. require vs. require_once & use them correctly.
PHP programmers regularly use the functions (or more appropriately known as language constructs) like
require_once to insert useful files in the flow of execution. Although these constructs are used quite interchangeably, there are actually significant differences among them. Many programmers don't know well enough about these differences. I hope this post will help them towards a better coding practice.
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Learn how to handle PHP and MySQL date formatting correctly.
If you ever try to format date in PHP and MySQL, using date (datetime or timestamp) value directly from MySQL to PHP date() function, then you'll get a Notice level error, something like this:
Notice: A non well formed numeric value encountered in ... .. .
Additionally, PHP date() will always return January, 01 1970 if MySQL date is directly used. It means, there is a difference between date in PHP and date in MySQL (i.e. they are not compatible). PHP date function accepts Unix Timestamp, which is different from MySQL date types (DATE, TIME, DATETIME, TIMESTAMP etc.)
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