Tag Archives: PHP

Paging Class using PHP and MySQL

Based on my last post on paging using PHP and MySQL, I have coded this class. It is very easy to implement and it will save your time. Here is a code snippet to show how simple to use it.

//include the class file
//making connection to the database
mysql_connect('localhost', 'root', '');
//prepare SQL
$sql = 'SELECT * FROM books';
//create an object of Pager passing the SQL
$pager = new Pager($sql);
//set the url. this is the current page
$pager->url = 'index.php';
//set number of rows. by default it is 10
$pager->rowPerPage = 5;
//build the pager
//get paged data
$rows = $pager->getPagedData();

Click the download link given below for a copy of the class. It also includes an working example.



XAMPP – Sending test mails with MercuryMail

XAMPP comes with MercuryMail. To use it for sending test mails, you can do the followings:

1. Start Mercury Mail from XAMPP control panel.
2. Navigate to Mercury Mail folder in XAMPP installation (Most probably C:\Program Files\xampp\MercuryMail)
3. Double click on mercury.exe and Mercury window will be opened.
4. Go to Configuration -> Local Users
5. Add a user with password (Suppose sajjad)
6. Close this window.

That’s it.

Now you can send mail to sajjad@localhost orĀ sajjad@localhost.com (Mecury Mail should be started).

To receive mail configure outlook express with localhost as pop3 and SMTP server.

Hope these information will be helpful.


XAMPP – My favorite PHP environment


When I started coding in PHP, the main hassle was preparing the development environment. Installing Apache, PHP, MySQL was not so easy. Then I came across PHPTried and after that WAMPP. But finally I got what I wanted – XAMPP. To me XAMPP is a total PHP development environment.

XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use – just download, extract and start.

To get a copy of XAMPP, visit http://www.apachefriends.org/.