Currently PHP is a most popular language in the web world. It is widely accepted server side scripting language. It is enrich with frameworks, CMS, PEAR libraries which provides fast application development.
Here in this article I am going to give details of few popular creative uses of PHP that can help you in PHP project development.
1- Ecommerce Application
It is very interesting to develop an ecommerce project on PHP. Actually PHP has dozens of free ecommerce solution like Magento, Oscommerce , Zencart, Open cart etc but Magento is the best option if you are looking for extensive multi store ecommerce solution. It’s developed using PHP Zend framework and very simple to customize template and can add custom module easily.
You can also develop your ecommerce project using frameworks like Cake PHP or Codeigniter. Both frameworks are very easy to understand and enrich with readymade libraries, simply you can use these readymade classes and functions in your project.
2- Facebook Application
Facebook provides its development kit to develop facebook application using PHP. By using this development kit, you can create very robust facebook apps. Development library has all classes and functions with details instruction for develop facebook apps smoothly.
3- Generate PDF
As we know that PDF is Adobe proprietary file type for document exchange. There are many PHP libraries like PDFlib, FPDF etc available for generating PDF document. Using these PHP library, you can generate PDF dynamic document. PDFlib library is already included with PHP5; to access it, you need to uncomment the appropriate lines in your PHP configuration file. If you can also use FPDF library, Just go the the official FPDF site and study the instructions that’s provided with code example.
4- Parsing XML Files
PHP allows you functions to parse XML files. Parsing XML is an useful feature of PHP 5 because not all browsers can output the contents of an XML file; so you can create a parser in PHP to make this process. Using XML is important for RSS feeds, and also for data storage and rendering data on different.
5- Image Processing
PHP is very handy with its image processing library GD . Using the GD library with PHP, you can do more than just output HTML to the browser! You can output images in different file types including jpeg, png, and gif. This feature of PHP is useful because it allows you to create thumbnail pictures, add watermarks, resize and crop images, and even create a photo gallery!
6- Create graphs and charts
Using PHP, you can create graphs and charts. Using Graph pear files, you can create up to fourteen different types of charts including pie charts, bar graphs, impulse, dot/scatter, step, candlestick, box & whisker, radar. This is incredibly useful for e-commerce websites or websites where you need to present graphical data in a concise manner.