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200-550 : Zend - PHP 5.5 Certification Study Guide and Practice Test

Zend - PHP 5.5 Certification Study Guide and Practice Test
ISBN : 978-1-61691-215-4
Gain hands-on expertise in 200-550 : Zend - PHP 5.5 certification exam with Zend - PHP 5.5 Certification Study Guide and Practice Test. This course teaches you how to build interactive Web sites and applications using PHP, one of the most popular Web programming languages in use today. The course is intended for anyone starting out with PHP programming. The professionals who have previously worked in another programming language such as Java, C#, or Perl, will pick up the concepts in the earlier chapters quickly. However, the course assumes no prior experience of programming or of building Web applications.


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Exam Information

The Zend PHP 5.5 is a standalone certification from Zend with the exam code 200-550. The goal of the Zend Certification program is to allow PHP professionals to attain the "Zend Certified Engineer" designation. Zend Certification provides a measure of technical distinction that employers use to evaluate prospective employees.

Prepare for the following certification

Career Prospects
  • PHP Developer
  • Web Administrator
  • Zend Certified Engineer
Exam FAQs
What are the prerequisites for this exam?
There are no technical prerequisites for this exam.
What is the exam registration fee?
USD 125

Pricing and taxes may vary from country to country.

Where do I take the exam?
The 200-550 exam is administered by Pearson VUE at testing centers worldwide. Click here to find a testing center near you.
What is the format of the exam?
  • Multiple choice
  • free-form question for which the answer must be typed
How many questions are asked in the exam?
The exam contains 75 questions.
What is the duration of the exam?
90 minutes
What is the passing score?
You will receive a pass/fail grade only.
What is the exam's retake policy?

Retake Policy for Zend 200-550 exam is:

  • There is no limit to the number of retakes for a candidate who has failed their exam.
  • There is no waiting period between the first and second attempt to pass this examination.
What is the validity of the certification?
Zend PHP 5.5 Certification has no expiration. The certification holder is certified for life unless the vendor changes their policy.
Where can I find more information about this exam?
To know more about the 200-550, click here.

Table of Content

Here's What you will Learn

Lesson 1: Introducing PHP

  • What Is PHP?
  • Why Use PHP?
  • The Evolution of PHP
  • What's New in PHP 5.5
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Your First PHP Script

  • Installing PHP
  • Other Ways to Run PHP
  • Creating Your First Script
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 3: PHP Language Basics

  • Using Variables in PHP
  • Understanding Data Types
  • Operators and Expressions
  • Constants
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 4: Decisions and Loops

  • Making Decisions
  • Doing Repetitive Tasks with Looping
  • Mixing Decisions and Looping with HTML
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 5: Strings

  • Creating and Accessing Strings
  • Searching Strings
  • Replacing Text within Strings
  • Dealing with Upper- and Lowercase
  • Formatting Strings
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 6: Arrays

  • The Anatomy of an Array
  • Creating Arrays
  • Accessing Array Elements
  • Looping Through Arrays with foreach
  • Working with Multidimensional Arrays
  • Manipulating Arrays, SPL
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 7: Functions

  • What Is a Function?
  • Why Functions Are Useful
  • Calling Functions
  • Working with Variable Functions
  • Writing Your Own Functions
  • Working with References
  • Writing Recursive Functions
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 8: Objects

  • What Is Object-Oriented Programming?
  • Advantages of OOP
  • Understanding Basic OOP Concepts
  • Creating Classes and Objects in PHP
  • Creating and Using Properties
  • Working with Methods
  • Object Overloading with __get(), __set(), and __call()
  • Using Inheritance to Extend the Power of Objects
  • Constructors and Destructors
  • Automatically Loading Class Files
  • Storing Objects as Strings
  • Determining an Object's Class, Reflection
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 9: Handling HTML Forms with PHP

  • How HTML Forms Work
  • Capturing Form Data with PHP
  • Dealing with Multi-Value Fields
  • Generating Web Forms with PHP
  • Storing PHP Variables in Forms
  • Creating File Upload Forms
  • Redirecting after a Form Submission
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 10: Preserving State With Query Strings, Cookies, and Sessions

  • Saving State with Query Strings
  • Working with Cookies
  • Using PHP Sessions to Store Data
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 11: Working with Files and Directories

  • Understanding Files and Directories
  • Getting Information on Files
  • Opening and Closing Files
  • Reading and Writing to Files
  • Working with File Permissions
  • Copying, Renaming, and Deleting Files
  • Working with Directories
  • Building a Text Editor
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 12: Introducing Databases and SQL

  • Deciding How to Store Data
  • Understanding Relational Databases
  • Setting Up MySQL
  • A Quick Play with MySQL
  • Connecting to MySQL from PHP, PDO
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 13: Retrieving Data from MySQL with PHP

  • Setting Up the Book Club Database
  • Retrieving Data with SELECT
  • Creating a Member Record Viewer
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 14: Manipulating MySQL Data with PHP

  • Inserting Records
  • Updating Records
  • Deleting Records
  • Building a Member Registration Application
  • Creating a Members' Area
  • Creating a Member Manager Application
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 15: Making Your Job Easier with PEAR

  • Installing PEAR Packages
  • Using a PEAR Package
  • Creating HTML Tables with the HTML_Table Package
  • Web Forms the Easy Way with HTML_QuickForm
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 16: PHP and the Outside World

  • Working with Dates and Times
  • Working with HTTP
  • Getting Information from the Web Server
  • Sending Email
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 17: Generating Images with PHP

  • Basics of Computer Graphics
  • Creating Images
  • Manipulating Images
  • Using Text in Images
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 18: String Matching with Regular Expressions

  • Regular Expression
  • Pattern Matching in PHP
  • Exploring Regular Expression Syntax
  • Finding Multiple Matches with preg_match_all()
  • Searching Arrays with preg_grep()
  • Replacing Text
  • Altering Matching Behavior with Pattern Modifiers
  • Splitting a String with a Regular Expression
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 19: Working with XML

  • XML
  • XML Document Structure
  • Reading XML Documents with PHP
  • Writing and Manipulating XML Documents with PHP
  • Doing XML the Easy Way with SimpleXML
  • Working with XSL and XSLT
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 20: Writing High-Quality Code

  • Writing Modular Code
  • Using Coding Standards for Consistency
  • Documenting Your Code
  • Checking Input and Encoding Output
  • Handling Errors
  • Separating Application Logic from Presentation Logic
  • Automated Code Testing with PHPUnit
  • Security
  • Configuration and Session Security
  • Cross-Site Scripting and Cross-Site Request Forgeries
  • SQL Injection, Remote Code Injection
  • Email Injection, Filter Input, Escape Output
  • Secure file uploads, Data storage, SSL
  • Summary
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Solution

Lesson 21: Appendix A: Configuring PHP

  • About php.ini
  • php.ini Options
  • Language Options
  • Miscellaneous
  • Resource Limits
  • Error Handling and Logging
  • Data Handling
  • Paths and Directories
  • File Uploads
  • Fopen Wrappers
  • Dynamic Extensions
  • Module Settings

Lesson 22: Appendix B: Alternatives to MySQL

  • SQLite
  • PostgreSQL
  • dbm-Style Databases
  • Oracle
  • ODBC
  • Other Databases Supported by PHP

Lesson 23: Appendix C: Using PHP from the Command Line

  • Running Command-Line PHP Scripts
  • Passing Arguments to Command-Line Scripts
  • Creating Interactive Scripts
  • Scheduling PHP Command-Line Scripts
  • Useful Command-Line Options
  • Wrapping Up

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