PEAR is the PHP Extension and Application Repository, and is a framework and distribution system for reusable, high-quality PHP components, available in the form of "packages". The home of PEAR is pear.php.net, from where you can download and browse this extensive range of powerful packages. For most things that you would want to use in your day-to-day development work, you will likely find a PEAR class or package that meets your needs. In addition to the functionality offered by the packages, PEAR code follows strict coding guidelines, bringing a consistency to your PEAR development experience.
In this book, you will learn how to use a number of the most powerful PEAR packages to boost your PHP development productivity. By focusing on the packages for key development activities, this book gives you an in-depth guide to getting the most from these powerful coding resources.
This book gives you an in-depth guide to getting the most from these powerful coding resources. You will become a master of various PEAR packages that help you with the essential tasks of PHP development: . Accessing databases with MDB2 . Displaying data in a range of formats (HTML, Excel spreadsheet, PDF) . Creating and parsing XML documents . Serializing PHP objects into XML, and unserializing XML documents to PHP objects . Consuming and offering web services . Accessing Web APIs including Google, Yahoo, Amazon, and Technorati
About the Author
Stoyan Stefanov is a web developer from Montreal, Canada, Zend Certified Engineer, book author and contributor to the international PHP community.
Carsten Lucke studied computer-science at the University of Applied Sciences in Brandenburg, Germany. He is currently working as a software engineer for the software design and management AG (sd&m AG) in Munich, Germany. In his spare-time he writes articles for various magazines and contributes to the open-source community (especially PHP). He is the developer of a handful of PEAR/PECL packages, founder of the 3rdPEARty pear channel-server project and the tool-garage.de open-source and freeware project.