• 09:23 PM

Passing the Zend PHP 5 Certification Exam

On 16th, December, 2007, I have passed the new Zend PHP 5 certification exam :) . Well, I feel the actual exam is very easy; it should not difficult for any php user who has certain level of php development experience. In this post, I will publish some information regarding how to prepare and attend the exam. Of course, since Zend has stopped back up the old PHP (PHP4) certification exam, PHP5 exam is the only exam right now you can choose to take. (more…)

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David Adam
David Adam

I used the phparch one. But, the price seems the same. You am try out the zend's. But, I suspect…
Todd
Todd

A very late congratulations, but congratulations no less. I'll be taking the exam this upcoming Friday.
Xuni
Xuni

Hi! I just failed the exam, don't know how since I passed the mock exam with excellent degree twice…
echo
echo

haha,good article
Dan Kelly
Dan Kelly

Hello, I started a Study group. Do you have any suggestions for us to maybe study maybe one topic…

  • 08:49 PM

Zend PHP5 certification Exam study review 12: supplementary III

Ok, this is the last part of my reviews. This post listed some WEIRD and STRANGE questions I found in the phparch’s simulator exam. You may think these are some advanced features of the PHP5 language, but some of them are actually mention in the GUIDE also. However, some of the questions, I found that there maybe some errors in the question itself; in this case, I marked with the “*” in front of the question. Therefore, some of the answer I gave maybe not right, or maybe I get the meaning of the questions wrong. So, if you have any comment on this post, please feel free to comment or send me a message. Thanks!
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sarah
sarah

hi, what is the right answer for this * When writing portable database…
David Adam
David Adam

Hello, it is the 2nd answer. :)
felicia
felicia

Thanks for this study guide!!! It was really useful and easy to understand. I just passed the exam this afternoon…
charan
charan

thank you for posting. its really helpful. I have got my ZCE exam day after tomorrow. Please suggest what all…
David Adam
David Adam

I suggest to do some mock test.

  • 08:40 PM

Zend PHP5 certification Exam study review 11: supplementary II

In this and the up-coming Post, I listed some extra questions I found during I took the phparch’s Vulcan Zend PHP 5 Certification Testings. This post listed some EASIER but will not be frequently asked in the actual exam I think. But, they are worthy noted here, they can also serve as check points for you previously learned knowledge.
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john smith
john smith

Hello I am prepareing ZCE. Anybody can the answer of the following question…
Jahid
Jahid

My Answer would be: (2) Moving all database credentials outside of the document root (3)…
Richard
Richard

Unlike the old MySQL extension, the new MySQLi extension requires that you provide what when performing a query when using…
Jevgenijus
Jevgenijus

(2) and (3) of course, and I would also consider taking (4) "Setting credential information as system…
James Dunmore
James Dunmore

"The ????? function is used to generate a file resource in the file system with a randomly-generated filename to be…

  • 09:33 PM

Zend PHP5 certification Exam study review 10: Supplementary I

Since I mentioned before, I didn’t included the Language Basic and Function topics in these series of reviews, because I think you should already have a good knowledge about them. Anyway, if you have more time, then you can following this post to review some of these features in PHP. It mainly includes PHP’s String(since it is so important), Array, and Function feature; also, it contain some extra information just I think worthy to be reminded.
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Kirill
Kirill

Could you explain why str_replace(array('a','b','c'),array('b','c','a'),'abc') returns 'aaa' string instead of 'bca' ? Simply can`t understand thist trick!
David Adam
David Adam

Hi, This is why: The first time, str_replace replace the "a" to "b"…
Henry Lu
Henry Lu

Hi admin, About the question "Can you define an abstract method as private?". I don't think abstract method can…

  • 08:23 PM

Zend PHP5 certification Exam study review 9: OOP Design&Theory

Here is the second topic regarding the OOP paradigm. Trust me, read more about Design Pattern, don’t just for pass the exam sake. The exam regard to the Design Pattern and general OOP theory is very basic. Anyway, following I listed some basic Design Pattern may tested in the exam. Also, I think you should look into the SPL(standard PHP Library) and PECL(PHP Extension Community Library) and PEAR(PHP Extension and Application Repository).
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Max
Max

Since there are many types of design patterns, would you please give us a list here? Thank you very much…
David Adam
David Adam

Hi Max. I don't know the completed list. I have watched this tutoiral: http://www.vtc.com/products/Design-Patterns-tutorials.htm This may help?
Zzzz
Zzzz

I am really appreciate your effort for ZCE. My Questions: sure if you have a free…
David Adam
David Adam

No, the real exam was actually easier than the mock exam. At least when I took it. :)
bala
bala

Hi, I'm going to write PHP5.3 exam on Nov 2012. Please give me some more idea how to pass…

  • 08:12 PM

Zend PHP5 certification Exam study review 8: OOP In PHP 5

Object Oriented Programming is the norm in modern software programming. Sadly, prior PHP4, PHP lack a great OOP language support. PHP5 changes all that. That’s why the Exam has two topics especially regarding this area: the actual OOP feature in PHP5 and OOP design and theory. This post is a brief review on PHP5 OOP feature, you will spent some time on OOP in PHP if you are a well experienced structure-style programmer in PHP4 I think. OOP is actually easier once you shift you ideas around :). Because, in life, not in one moment, we are not dealing with OBJECTS.
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Henry Lu
Henry Lu

Hi admin, Thank you for your post. It is a good article for ZCE review. I…
David Adam
David Adam

Oops, you are right. Yes, it is obvious that the "This is never displayed" is never displayed! :)
jo
jo

Hi admin, I have a question, please give me a help, Q: The __method…
David Adam
David Adam

the answer is 1.

  • 08:01 PM

Zend PHP5 certification Exam study review 7: PHP4 And PHP5

Due to the fact that many hosting providers and live web sites are still using PHP4, and this situation is likely remaining for some time; the PHP5 Certification Exam has a topic on the difference between PHP4 and PHP5. You should have very good knowing that PHP5 has great improvement on which subject as well as deprecations on older code. I did post review on the Language Basic and Function topics in the exam, because I think these topic is too “basic” to write out and you should quickly or already know them. However, this post do start with some basic concept then migrating to the difference made in PHP5 as compare to older version; because I think this post is consider the “Language Level” subjects on PHP. So, here comes “what exactly language construct”…
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Heena
Heena

yes I tried to post with tag… btw code is here if($obj1===$obj2){ //do something }
David Adam
David Adam

The answer is 4>$obj1 and $obj2 must be the same instance in php5.
mcloide
mcloide

Hi Heena, about the first question, the correct answer would be 3. PHP4 will throw a notice error for using…
Henry Lu
Henry Lu

I agree mcloide for the following reasons: You should never use parentheses around your return variable when returning…
kleo
kleo

E_ALL includes E_STRICT in 5.4.0 and up

  • 08:49 PM

Zend PHP5 certification Exam study review 6: Security

Security is very important for any application, particularly for web application. So the exam requires you have at least a very well understanding how the security problems actually affect todays web applications innovation. You must know some common security issues, the security issues not just regarding PHP itself. Since PHP is an embedded language, you should know the security defense on all three level, that is Web Server level, Data base level and PHP itself. In the rest of this post, list out a summary on this vast topic on Security. Be sure to check other sections(such as topics on Web Programming, Database, PHP Command Line Interface, etc) that related to security considerations.
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b0ro
b0ro

Hi since a while I've been searching the web to find any information about Zend Cert and I have to…
Max
Max

I am puzzled by the following question: When using a function such as strip_tags, are markup-based attacks still possible?…
David Adam
David Adam

bOro, I think another answer maybe 1). The session here maybe refer to the linux session, not the the "session"…
Linx
Linx

Eniglhteinng the world, one helpful article at a time.
chakra
chakra

Le processus ici est d'obtenir l'énergie nécessaire et de la rassembler au troisième œil.

  • 08:41 PM

Zend PHP5 certification Exam study review 5: Database and SQL

Although the GUIDE says the Exam is database neutral, but in fact, it is somewhat regarding the Mysql database. Anyway, you should have good understanding with the SQL, such as joins, indices, primary keys, multi query, ect. Regarding PHP, you should read something about the new mysqli extension as well as the PDO object.
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  • 08:27 PM

Zend PHP5 certification Exam study review 4: Web Programming, Web Features

Finally, we get into the WEB PROGRAMMING. This is what php was made for! This is a VERY VERY important aspect in the exam. Make sure you have understood how COOKIE, SESSION, HTTP headers, SUPER GLOBALS, etc works in PHP. Also, the exam requires you know some of the PHP configuration directive (in the php.ini file) regarding PHP’s Web Features, such as “magic qoutes gpc”, “safe mode” etc. And in this area, many security issues also related. You should know some implements in PHP to avoid common security problems, such as what FORM TOKENS for; what’s Browser Fingerprinting for, and so on.
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Heena
Heena

how does one create a cookie which will exist only until the browser session is terminated? 1> you cannot…
David Adam
David Adam

Hi, the answer is 3> do not provide a cookie expiration time.
Amit Verma
Amit Verma

The default value of "output_compression_level" is -1, NOT 6. Please recheck :)