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PHP Interview Questions-1

PHP Interview Questions-1

PHP Interview Questions and Answers


How do you capture audio/video in PHP?

You need a module installed – FFMPEG. FFmpeg is a complete solution to record,convert and stream audio and video. It includes libavcodec, the leading audio/video codec library. FFmpeg is developed under Linux, but it can be compiled under most operating systems, including Windows.
What is the difference between explode and split?

Split function splits string into array by regular expression. Explode splits a string into array by string.
For Example:
explode(” and”, “India and Pakistan and Srilanka”);
split(” :”, “India : Pakistan : Srilanka”);
Both of these functions will return an array that contains India, Pakistan, and Srilanka.
What is the difference between strstr & stristr?

For strstr, the syntax is: string strstr(string $string,string $str ); The function strstr will search $str in $string. If it finds the string, it will return string from where it finds the $str upto end of $string.
For Example:
$string = “”;
The output is “”. The main difference between strstr and stristr is of case sensitivity. The former consider the case difference and later ignore the case difference.

How can you avoid execution time out error while fetching record from MySQL?

set_time_limit – Limits the maximum execution time
For Example:
If you set to 0 you say that there is not limit.

Write a SQL query that displays the difference between the highest and lowest salaries of a database table “employees”.

Label the column as DIFFERENCE.
Select max(sal)-min(sal) as Difference from employees;

What is the difference between require() and include()?

Both of these constructs includes and evaluates the specific file. The two functions are identical in every way except how they handle failure. If filepath not found, require() terminates the program and gives fatal error, but include() does not terminate the program; It gives warning message and continues to program.
include() produces a Warning while require() results in a Fatal Error if the filepath is not correct.

What is the difference between echo and print?

Main difference between echo() and print() is that echo is just an statement not a function and doesn’t return’s value or it just prints a value whereas print() is an function which prints a value and also it returns value. We cannot pass arguments to echo since it is just a statement whereas print is a
function and we can pass arguments to it and it returns true or false. print can be used as part of a more complex expression whereas echo cannot. echo is marginally faster since it doesn’t set a return value.

What’s the difference between COPY OF A FILE & MOVE_UPLOAD_FILE in file uploading?

Move: This function checks to ensure that the file designated by filename is a valid upload file (meaning that it was uploaded via PHP’s HTTP POST upload mechanism).
If the file is valid, it will be moved to the filename given by destination.
If filename is not a valid upload file, then no action will occur, and move_uploaded_file() will return FALSE.
Copy: Makes a copy of a file. Returns TRUE if the copy succeeded, FALSE otherwise.
How do you insert single & double quotes in MySQL db without using PHP?

& / &quote;
Alternately, escape single quote using forward slash ‘ . In double quote you don’t
need to escape quotes. Insert double quotes as “”.

What do you need to do to improve the performance (speedy execution) for the script you have written?

If your script is to retrieve data from Database, you should use “Limit” syntax. Break down the non dynamic sections of website which need not be repeated over a period of time as include files.

How do you know (status) whether the recipient of your mail had opened the mail i.e. read the mail?

Embed an URL in a say 0-byte image tag may be the better way to go. In other word, you embed an invisible image on you html email and when the src URL is being rendered by the server, you can track whether your recipients have view the emails or not.

What is difference between srand & shuffle?

The srand function seeds the random number generator with seed and shuffle is used for shuffling the array values.
shuffle – This function shuffles (randomizes the order of the elements in) an array.
This function assigns new keys for the elements in array. It will remove any existing keys you may have assigned, rather than just reordering the keys.
srand – Seed the random number generator

How can we remove duplicate values from an array?

array_unique() funciton can be used for the purpose.
How can we get the ID generated from the previous insert operation?

SELECT MAX(ID) from tablename;
How to limit the number of rows to 5 that I get out of my database?

Select * from tablename LIMIT 0, 5;

How to store binary data in MySQL?

Use BLOB data type for the database field.

How can we submit a form without a submit button?

We can submit a form using the JavaScript. Example: document.formname.submit();
What is difference between mysql_fetch_array(), mysql_fetch_row() and mysql_fetch_object()?

mysql_fetch_array – Fetch the all matching records of results.
mysql_fetch_object – Fetch the first single matching record of results.
mysql_fetch_row – fetches a result row as array.
How to make a download page in own site, where I can know that how many file has been loaded by particular user or particular IP address?

We can log the IP addresses in one database table while downloading the file. This way we can count and check the no. of rows inserted for a particular download.
What is difference between mysql_connect and mysql_pconnect?

mysql_connect opens up a database connection every time a page is loaded.
mysql_pconnect opens up a connection, and keeps it open across multiple requests.
mysql_pconnect opens up a connection, and keeps it open across multiple requests.
mysql_pconnect uses less resources, because it does not need to establish a database connection every time a page is loaded.

What is the difference between “Insert”, “Update” and “Modify” events?

INSERT – Add a new record into the database table.
MODIFY – If record is available it modifies otherwise it wont modify.
UPDATE – If record is available it updates the record otherwise it creates a new record.

How I can get IP address?


How do we know properties of the browser?

You can gather a lot of information about a person’s computer by using
$_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’]. This can tell us more about the user’s operating
system, as well as their browser. For example I am revealed to be Mozilla/5.0
(Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418 (KHTML, like Gecko)
Safari/417.9.3 when visiting a PHP page.
This can be useful to programmers if they are using special features that may not
work for everyone, or if they want to get an idea of their target audience. This also is
important when using the get_browser() function for finding out more information
about the browser’s capabilities. By having this information the user can be directed
to a version of your site best suited to their browser.
get_browser() attempts to determine the capabilities of the user’s browser. This is
done by looking up the browser’s information in the browscap.ini file.
echo $_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’] . “<hr /> “;
$browser = get_browser();
foreach ($browser as $name => $value)
echo “<b>$name</b> $value <br /> “;

Difference between require() and require_once()

require() includes and evaluates a specific file, while require_once() does that only if it has not been included before (on the same page).
So, require_once() is recommended to use when you want to include a file where you
have a lot of functions for example. This way you make sure you don’t include the file
more times and you will not get the “function re-declared” error.

Difference between require() and include()

require() produces a FATAL ERROR if the file you want to include is not found, while include() only produces a WARNING.
There is also include_once() which is the same as include(), but the difference
between them is the same as the difference between require() and require_once().

If you have to work with dates in the following format: “Tuesday, February 14, 2006 @ 10:39 am”, how can you convert them to another format that is easier to use?

The strtotime function can convert a string to a timestamp.
A timestamp can be converted to date format. So it is best to store the dates as
timestamp in the database, and just output them in the format you like.
So let’s say we have $date = “Tuesday, February 14, 2006 @ 10:39 am”;
In order to convert that to a timestamp, we need to get rid of the “@” sign, and we can
use the remaining string as a parameter for the strtotime function.
So we have
$date = str_replace(“@ “,””,$date);
$date = strtotime($date);
Now $date is a timestamp and we can say:
echo date(“d M Y”,$date);

What is the difference between $x and $$x ?

$x is simple variable. $$x is reference variable or infact a variable of variable. A variable variable allows us to change the name of a variable dynamically.
$x = “this”;
$$x = “is cake”;
The $$ is the syntax used in PHP for a variable variable. I can now call the two variables $x and $$x two ways.
echo “$x ${$x}”;
echo “$x $this”;
Both of these will return the string “this is cake”. Notice that $$x is written as ${$x} in echo. This lets PHP know that you are using the variable $$x and not $ and $x
What is meant by nl2br()?

New line ( ) to Break tag (<BR>) conversion.

How can we encrypt and decrypt a data present in a MySQL table using MySQL?

AES_ENCRYPT(str,key_str) , AES_DECRYPT(crypt_str,key_str)
What is meant by urlencode() and urldecode()?

string urlencode(str)
When str contains a string like this “hello world” and the return value will be URL
encoded and can be use to append with URLs, normally used to append data for
GET like
string urldocode(str)
This will simple decode the GET variable’s value. Example: echo
(urldecode($_GET_VARS[var])) will output “hello world”
What is the difference between the functions unlink and unset?

unlink is a function for file system handling. It will simply delete the file in context.
unset will set UNSET the specified variable.
unlink is used to delete a file. unset is used to destroy an earlier declared variable.

What are the different types of errors in PHP?

1. Notices: These are trivial, non-critical errors that PHP encounters while executing a
script – for example, accessing a variable that has not yet been defined. By default,
such errors are not displayed to the user at all – although you can change this default
2. Warnings: These are more serious errors – for example, attempting to include() a
file which does not exist. By default, these errors are displayed to the user, but they
do not result in script termination.
3. Fatal errors: These are critical errors – for example, instantiating an object of a nonexistent
class, or calling a non-existent function. These errors cause the immediate
termination of the script, and PHP’s default behavior is to display them to the user
when they take place.

How can we create a session variable & terminate it?

$_SESSION[’name’] = “Chinmay”;
To destroy a session: unset($_SESSION[’name’]);
How to Create a Cookie & destroy it in PHP?

variable – name of the cookie variable
variable – value of the cookie variable
time – expiry time
Example: setcookie(”test”,$i,time()+3600);
Test – cookie variable name
$i – value of the variable ‘Test’
time()+3600 – denotes that the cookie will expire after an one hour.
Destroy a cookie by specifying expiry time
Example: setcookie(”test”,$i,time()-3600); // already expired time
Reset a cookie by specifying its name only

What is the difference between sizeof($array) and count($array)?

sizeof($array) – This function is an alias of count()
count($array) – If you just pass a simple variable instead of an array it will return 1.