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    PHP Samples

      This page was created by Paul Conrad as part of his Graduate Independent Study (CSCI695) of the syntax and semantics of the PHP language.

      This page contains all of the code samples for PHP.

      See Also

      For a quick, concise reference to terms used through out this page, see [ php.glossary.html ] which contains meta-linguistic terms, lexemes, and keyword definitions based on the C++ glossary found at [ c++.glossary.html ] with the appropriate adaptations to PHP.

      PHP comments

            /* Initialize some variables using C style comments
       	       $a - contains a-coefficient
       	       $b - contains b-coefficient
       	       $x - value we are evaluating
       	       $y - result from evaluating equation */
            $a = 1; $b = 2; $x = 1;
            $y = $a * $x + $b;
            if ( $y < 5 )                // C++ style comment, check if y<5
                    # Shell style comment, display something when y<5
                    echo "Guess what?  y is less than 5!";

      To see this script in action, visit [ php_samples/comment_sample.php ] .

      PHP variables

            $count = 0;     // Set count equal to 0
            $_xval = 5;
            $_yval = 1.0;
            $some_string = "Hello There!";
            $will i work=6; // This does not work!!!
            $3blindmice=3;  // Same here, does not work

      To see this script in action, visit [ php_samples/variable_sample.php ] (script does not include the two lines that will fail).

      PHP functions

            function m_x_plus_b($m, $x, $b) {
                  return $m*$x+$b;
            echo "y = ".m_x_plus_b($slope,$x,$b)."<br>";

      To see this script in action, visit [ php_samples/function_sample1.php ] .

      The following script is an example of case-insensitivity with function names in PHP. To see this script in action, visit [ php_samples/function_sample2.php ] .

            // This is a sample script from Paul Conrad's Independent Study
            // This script will call the function named foo showing case insensitivity.
            function foo($my_string) {
                    echo "$"."my_string = $my_string<br>";
            foo("foo is foo");
            Foo("Foo is foo");
            FoO("FoO is foo");
            FOO("FOO is foo");

      The two following sample scripts show two different ways of using the same anonymous function.

              $array=array('really long string here, boy','middling length','larger');

      To see this script in action, visit [ php_samples/anonymous_function.php ] .

              $array=array('really long string here, boy','middling length','larger');

      To see this script in action, visit [ php_samples/anonymous_function2.php ]

      PHP Arrays

      Arrays are associative and can use strings(in quotes) or integers.

      [click here [socket symbol] PHP_Arrays if you can fill this hole]

      Getting data from an HTML form

      Data sent from an HTML form is presented to a PHP script as an array. It may be the array $_GET or the array of $_POST.

      Before you access an element in one of these arrays you need to check to see it exists. Recall that any PHP script can be called by typing inits URL... and so any or no data can be delivered. The following function handles this.

       function get($key)
       	if (array_key_exists($key,$_POST))
       		return $_POST[$key];
       		 return "";

      PHP classes

            class Programmer {
                 // Class Properties
                 var $name;         // Programmer's name
                 var $experience;   // How long has been programming
                 var $lang;         // Favorite Language
                 var $education;    // Highest degree earned
                 // Class Constructor - function same name as the class
                 function Programmer($name, $experience, $lang, $education) {
                 // Getter/Setter functions for all properties in the class
                 function get_name() {
                      return $this->name;
                 function set_name($newname) {
                      $this->name = $newname;
                 function get_experience() {
                      return $this->experience;
                 function set_experience($newexperience) {
                      $this->experience = $newexperience;
                 function get_lang() {
                      return $this->lang;
                 function set_lang($newlang) {
                      $this->lang = $newlang;
                 function get_education() {
                      return $this->education;
                 function set_education($neweducation) {
                      $this->education = $neweducation;
                 // Utility data dump function
                 function output() {
                      echo "Programmer Name: ".$this->name."<br>";
                      echo $this->name." has ".$this->experience." years of programming experience.<br>";
                      echo $this->lang." is ".$this->name."'s favorite programming language.<br>";
                      echo $this->name." holds the degree: ".$this->education."<br><br>";
            // Instantiating a programmer
            $paul = new Programmer('Paul Conrad',12,'C++','Bachelor of Science in Computer Science');
            // Oops, Paul has programmed alot longer than 12 year, really is 22 years

      To see this script in action, visit [ php_samples/class_sample.php ] .

      PHP constants

            define('school',"California State University at San Bernardino");
            echo "Our school is ".school."<br>";
            echo "Our school's Computer Science Dept has ".programs." academic programs";

      To see this script in action, visit [ php_samples/constant_sample.php ] .

      PHP Sample Code Quick Reference

      Example PHP ScriptSource FileDescription
      [ php_samples/anonymous_function.php ] [ php_samples/anonymous_function.txt ] Sample of anonymous functions at work.
      [ php_samples/anonymous_function2.php ] [ php_samples/anonymous_function2.txt ] Another anonymous function sample, no assigned variable, though (YAGNI).
      [ php_samples/assignment1.php ] [ php_samples/assignment1.txt ] Sample of assigning values to variables and doing some strange operations.
      [ php_samples/block.php ] [ php_samples/block.txt ] Example of block scope and } is not required when ?> tag encountered.
      [ php_samples/class_extends.php ] [ php_samples/class_extends.txt ] Sample showing how classes are inherited in PHP.
      [ php_samples/class_sample.php ] [ php_samples/class_sample.txt ] Sample class of a class named Programmer.
      [ php_samples/comment_sample.php ] [ php_samples/comment_sample.txt ] Sample showing how comments can be done in PHP.
      [ php_samples/constant_sample.php ] [ php_samples/constant_sample.txt ] Sample showing how to define constants in PHP.
      [ php_samples/const_in_class.php ] [ php_samples/const_in_class.txt ] Experiment to see what the scope of define'd constants are in PHP.
      [ php_samples/define1.php ] [ php_samples/define1.txt ] A way to define a constant in PHP. Just displays a 1 - constant is defined.
      [ php_samples/define2.php ] [ php_samples/define2.txt ] Another way to define a constant in PHP. Displays the value of the constant.
      [ php_samples/define3.php ] [ php_samples/define3.txt ] An experiment in which 'a' contains the constant, and b is 1.

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