This is the only PHP script that I wrote and use nearly everyday but never published! My stopwatch / timer script… I use it to test, benchmark most of the other scripts I write.
Searching a PHP array was not as simple as I had thought. Sure, you can use
array_search() but that only finds one value off an array the last time I tried it out. I needed something to search a multidimensional array, for example… I tried many things before I finally figured it out!
When you want to format dates stored in a MySQL database to output onto your web pages, you have a choice; either do it with PHP or do it directly in the MySQL query itself.
How to insert records of data into more than 1 database table in MySQL at a time? When I first started coding PHP scripts for myself, without researching further, I simply assumed that I had to
INSERT data into multiple tables by inserting part of the data into 1 table, query that table to get that just inserted data’s record ID and then do another
INSERT on the next table and so on.
Creating a multidimensional array is quite simple as long as you get over the initial confusion learning to create or work with one.
One thing I often asked myself, when I first started programming in PHP, was
How do I create a MySQL database table with PHP? Of course, I have come a long way since then, and creating a MySQL table from within a PHP script is no longer a mystery to me.
I have to admit that I had quite some trouble figuring out how I could get MySQL to return some random rows in a query. It was something I had to figure out for myself when I wanted to get a list of random web sites off GIDTopsites to place on these pages here.
Is parsing PHP in web pages that end in .html or .htm possible? Absolutely!
In my never-ending quest to get my web pages to load super-fast I chanced upon
ob_gzhandler() one day while researching the uses of
ob_start() in PHP.