An Introduction to PHP for Scientists and Engineers

An Introduction to PHP for Scientists and Engineers

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The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it. a€”Benjamin Disraeli i. Background The purpose of this book is provide an introduction to using a server-side programming language to solve some kinds of computing problems that cannot be solved with a client-side language such as JavaScript. The language is PHP (originally created in 1994 by Danish/Icelandic programmer Rasmus Lerdorf as a€œPersonal Home Page Toolsa€ for dealing with his own web site). The PHP language does not have a formal specification, as C does, for example. It is developed and maintained by a User Group of volunteers and is, essentially, defined by the most recently available free download. Although this might seem to be a shaky foundation on which to make a commitment to learning a programming language, PHP has a very large world-wide base of users and applications, which ensures its role into the foreseeable future. This book should not be considered as a PHP reference source and it does not deal exhaustively even with those elements of the PHP language used in the book. (This should be considered a blessing by the casual programmer. ) If you need more information, there is a huge amount of information online about PHP. Hopefully, this book will help you filter this information to focus on solving typical science and engineering problems. An excellent online source for information about PHP is http://www. php. net/manual/en/index. php, maintained by the PHP 1 Documentation Group.This chapter provides a summary of PHP language elements that are necessary or helpful to create the kinds of ... are neither comprehensive nor necessarily complete, and they are not intended to take the place of a reference manual. ... 4.1 Data Types and Operators 4.1.1 Data Types PHP supports four scalar primitive data types: boolean (bool) integer (int) float (float) string (string) Boolean data cananbsp;...

Title:An Introduction to PHP for Scientists and Engineers
Author:David R. Brooks
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2009-03-01


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