Guide to PHP and MySQL (University at Buffalo Version)
Chapter 13: Cookies and Sessions
setcookie() function can be used to create a cookie. Cookies are stored in the
$_COOKIE superglobal array which can be used to reteive these cookies at a later time. For example, you can store a user's username and date/time of last login.
You can then use a
foreach loop to access that cookie data.
You can use the PHP
session_start() function to create a session. The session id is stored in
PHPSESSID cookie. Session variables allow you to store user information that can then be used across multiple pages (e.g. username, favorite color, etc). Session variables last until the user closes the browser. Session variables hold information about one single user, and are available to all pages in one application. This data is stored in the
$_SESSION superglobal array.
You can then use a
foreach loop to access that session data.
Task - Create a PHP Web Site
For this task you will create a well-designed electronic system web site demonstrating your understanding of good design principles and appropriate PHP and MySQL usage. You may choose the type of system (retail, business-to-business, non-profit fund raising, auction, classified ads, etc.).
- This site should contain (at a minimum):
- a home page (about this site),
- a login page (reguires a back-end registraton system) with:
- a register page
- a forgot password page
- a database-driven table page (inventory or classified offerings for example),
- back-end catalog and user maintenance systems accessible only by a user designated as an 'admin',
- a page displaying an order form along with an appropriate "success/thanks" page,
- a back-end set of tables to store shopping cart and orders information,
- a "Welcome Back" page that displays a user's orders and shopping cart (if one exists) after the user logs in,
- a final "Contact Us" form page.
- Use well-designed navigation so that the user can get to any page from any other page in this site. You may want to create a separate nav.php file and use the
php_include_onceto use the same navigation throughout the site.
You will modify the PHP function for this item in your index.php page to add a link to your web site files that allows me to view your work.
You *MUST* use the W3C Unicorn Validator to validate your HTML5/CSS3 code.