September 17, 2002

Wednesday at NYLUG: Hans Zaunere on adding punch to your Web sites with PHP

NYLUG will meet Wednesday 18 September 2002 in the IBM building at 57th Street
and Madison Avenue.

You must register in advance to attend, or have registered for an earlier
NYLUG meeting in the IBM building. Particulars below in official
announcement.

Eating and drinking after the formal meeting is now at The Old Stand
at 914 Third Avenue, near 55th Street, on the Island of the Manahattoes.

The New York Linux Users Group presents Hans Zaunere (New York PHP) on
Adding Pizazz, Hyperaction, Punch to Your Web Sites with PHP.,p>

September 18, 2002
Wednesday
6:30pm-8:00pm
IBM Headquarters Building
590 Madison Avenue at 57th Street

** RSVP Instructions**
Unless you have already rsvp'ed for a prior meeting, everyone
should RSVP to attend. http://rsvp.nylug.org
Check in with photo ID at the lobby for badge and room number.

AMP Technology (Apache MySQL PHP):

This September 18th meeting is brought to you by the letters P, H
and P.

The PHP Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP). You've seen the acronym in
your URLs, read it next to the copyright notice of many sites, and
seen whole rows on it at the bookstore shelves. What is it, though?
Is it like Zope, software, a server? Is it a programming language?
Like SGML maybe, a superset language, spec.? Whatever--but is it
cool?

Now we're thinking. PHP "is a `widely-used general-purpose
scripting language,' designed with the Internet in mind. Commonly
implemented to manipulate databases and dynamic content on the
server, PHP is also an indispensable local scripting tool.
Delivering high performance, intuitive syntax, powerful structure
and a rich feature set, PHP puts ideas into action, both locally and
on the Internet," writes nyphp.org.

PHP has a C syntax style, helping coders spool up quickly with the
language. PHP is a very popular, successful Web scripting language. A
recent Netcraft survey shows nearly 9.3 million domains are using
PHP.

Surfing the Web it is apparent why the numbers are huge, and who the
users are: e-commerce sites, dynamic content sites, small and large
dynamic Web portals. For example, if Slashcode is overkill for your
purposes try one of the PHP flavored alternatives, like PHPNuke.

Platform and Web server choices for PHP are aplenty. "PHP can be
used on all major operating systems, including Linux, many Unix
variants (including HP-UX, Solaris and OpenBSD), Microsoft Windows,
Mac OS X, RISC OS, and probably others. PHP has also support for
most of the web servers today. This includes Apache, Microsoft
Internet Information Server, Personal Web Server, Netscape and
iPlanet servers, Oreilly Website Pro server, Caudium, Xitami,
OmniHTTPd, and many others. For the majority of the servers PHP has
a module, for the others supporting the CGI standard, PHP can work
as a CGI processor," writes php.net.

The meeting's speaker is NYLUG member Hans Zaunere. Hans is also
member, operator of the local PHP group, New York PHP (NYPHP.ORG).

Hans will begin with a PHP and Apache compile, but let Hans explain
it: "PHP has already won over developers for web applications, and
it continues to move onto the client-side as an easy way to create
Internet and database aware standalone applications. New York PHP
(http://nyphp.org) will be presenting how to quickly compile your
own AMP (Apache/MySQL/PHP) Technology Suite, how PHP can use MySQL
as a fast, efficient and powerful data store, Apache as a de facto
interface, and why PHP is meriting recognition for GUI construction
(GTK) and local application development."

http://nyphp.org
http://mysql.com
http://phpnuke.org
http://postnuke.org
http://www.php.net/usage.php

Summary:

* PHP generates dynamic Web content with powerful use of any
database backend. All the major db players are compatible, and
PHP plays well with ODBC.
* PHP has its own version of CPAN called PEAR , the PHP
Extension and Application Repository. http://pear.php.net

So, remove the static cling from your staid sites, come and learn
more about PHP from Hans Zaunere, NYPHP founder, PHP user, and from
your fellow NYLUGgers.

References:

* PHP official site, http://www.php.net
* New York PHP users site, http://www.nyphp.org
* PHP book titles,
http://www.bookpool.com/.x/6hadysjjmm/ss/1?qs=php
* Photograph Album use of PHP,
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/01/27/index3a.html?tw=programming
* PHP gets its own comp.lang.php group, finally. On one server
it has nearly 3,367 posts in the past 30 days.

Stammtisch plug:
Have you been to stammtisch lately?

Free Stuff!
Swag of undetermined value and quantity will be distributed on a
first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for the best pickins!

Keysignings
Immediately after the presentation and continuing at the Old Stand
pub, we will be gathering for a keysigning. So for those who have
keys already, please remember to bring hard-copy printouts of your
40-character key fingerprint. If you haven't created a key yet, our
howto docs are posted here: http://www.nylug.org/keys

Stammtisch
And then after the meeting... Join us around 8:15pm or so at the
Old Stand, 914 3rd Ave. on the corner of 55th Street.

Please see our home page at http://www.nylug.org for the HTMLized
version of this announcement, our archives, and a lot of other
good stuff.

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