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January 2003   VOLUME 2 ISSUE 10  
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PHP Watch: Creating, sharing PDF files
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PHP Watch: Creating, sharing PDF files

PDF stands for "Portable Document Format" and is used to recreate the exact look and feel of a hardcopy document. From Word files to complex CAD drawings, PDF allows display and printing on a wide variety of hardware and software platforms.

PHP's PDFlib extension (included with the ZIP distribution of PHP) allows "on the fly" generation of PDF files. A wonderful Devshed tutorial steps you through PDF creation using PHP, starting with a simple example of creating a text only PDF and quickly graduating into image overlays, grids, line drawing, pie charts and more.

Devshed PHP/PDF tutorial

Other PDF tutorials:

http://www.phpbuilder.com/columns/perugini20001026.php3?print_mode=1 http://www.zend.com/zend/tut/tutorial-thome-part2.php

General PDF resources: http://www.pdfzone.com http://www.planetpdf.com

Other PHP news

In November, Netcraft reported that PHP was running on 9,866,075 domains (an increase of around 500,000 domains in two months), so the rise of PHP continues unabated (visit PHP.net).

If you haven't visited Netcraft's site, it's well worth seeing. Using Netcraft, you can determine what kind of operating system and server software that a particular web site is running (visit Netcraft site).

Finally, we'll wrap up with our traditional list of large or otherwise significant organizations that are using PHP to drive their businesses:

CapitalOne, NASA, the W3C, HP, Google, Deutsche Bank, Redhat, Lycos, Cisco, Ericsson, Volvo, Motorola, SourceForge, Honda, Xoom, WinAmp, Sony Music, Vodafone, CBS, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, the US Army, UPI, the New York Yankees, Southwestern Bell, the San Diego Zoo, the Oakland Raiders, Audi, Subaru, VA Linux, Winamp, Duke University, Quicken, The Village Voice, Undernet, Access Micro, Columbus Dispatch, Indianapolis Star, Yahoo, Indiana University, Deutsche Telecomm, Bang & Olufsen, Siemens, Unilever, Philips, BMC, NTT, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Dialpad, BMC, Mitsubishi, MP3.com, the Arizona Republic, Deloitte Consulting

In case you missed it, a prior PHP Watch article (entitled 'The Business Case for PHP'), seemed to be very popular, turning up at several software development sites. The article can be found at "The Business Case for PHP".

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