PDFs with PHP part 1

This tutorial is intended for the PHP programmer who needs to incorporate PDF generation in a script without using external libraries such as PDFlib (often unavailable due to licensing restrictions or lack of funds). This tutorial will cover only the basics, which hopefully will give you a good start. PDF has a vast set of features and possibilities which can not be covered in a short tutorial. If you need more than what is covered here, you might want to look at some similar yet more complete solutions available, such as the excellent work done by Olivier Plathey on the FPDF class (http://fpdf.org), on which this tutorial is based. Of course, you may wish to take your own route and for that there is also the PDF reference (be warned: it’s 1,172 pages!) Basic familiarity with using PHP classes is assumed. Knowledge of PDF file structure is not required, as all references are explained.
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PHP at Lycos

PANGORA is a product search, which is integrated into the shopping channels of 25 leading online portals in Europe. PANGORA bundles the goods from 900 online shops into a total of 7.5 million products and uses sophisticated algorithms to present highly relevant results to online shoppers. Among the partners, considerable portals such as Yahoo!, AOL, T-Online, LYCOS and Tiscali are included. The PANGORA search is a modular-developed, flexible service that is adapted to the individual requirements of partners. PANGORA is a service of IBO GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of LYCOS Europe.

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Build Database Interfaces

This article is about using and building Database Interfaces (DB interfaces). DB interfaces make application development faster and easier. This is accomplished by relocating scattered DML (Insert, Update, Delete) statements into a single shared tool, the Class. A Class encapsulates data post processing, integrity, and security into a single tool that can be accessed throughout the application.
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