An Example of Common Use of PHP

In the introduction, we discussed a simple example about how form input can be handled by PHP. However, it has some shortcomings, such as the fact that the form inputs are not checked. A more fully developed example, which validates the input from the form, is shown in the following video. Video Length: 7:30  Click here to download the source code.


This example also uses a built-in PHP function, htmlspecialchars, to convert any HTML that may have been entered into the form to special characters; this provides security from hackers who might attempt to exploit the form.