As I start the process of writing my site in PHP and MySQL, one of the first PHP scripts I've written is a script to initialize my database. Drop/create the database. Drop/create each of the tables. Then load the tables from literals in the script.
That's all working fine! Whoohoo 🙂
But I would prefer to read the data from files rather than hard-code them in the PHP script.
I have a couple of books on PHP, but they're all oriented toward web development using MySQL. I can't find anything about reading and writing to ordinary files.
Yes, I know there's a gazillion questions here on stackoverflow about reading TXT files, but when I look at each one, they're for C or C# or VB or Perl. I'm beginning to think that PHP just can't read files 🙁
All I need is a brief PHP example of how to open a TXT file on the server, read it sequentially, display the data on the screen, and close the file, as in this pseudo-code:
program readfile; handle = open('myfile.txt'); data = read (handle); while (not eof (handle)) begin display data; data = read (handle); end; close (handle); end;
I will also need to write files on the server when I get to the part of my site where people upload avatars, and save them as JPG or GIF files. But that's for later.