This book is for programmers who need to solve problems with PHP. If you don’t know any PHP, make this your second PHP book. The first should be Learning PHP 5, also from O’Reilly. If you’re already familiar with PHP, this book helps you overcome a specific problem and get on with your life (or at least your programming activities). The PHP Cook‐book can also show you how to accomplish a particular task in PHP, such as sending email or parsing JSON, that you may already know how to do in another language. Programmers converting applications from other languages to PHP will find this book a trusty companion.