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Beginning PHP 4 Databases (Programmer to programmer) [Paperback]

Andrew Hill , Deepak Thomas , Christopher Scollo , Chris Lea , Harish Rawat , Sanjay Abraham , Jim Hubbard

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1 Oct 2002 1861007825 978-1861007827
This book is a tutorial, a resource, and a reference for PHP programmers who now want to use databases in their applications. No knowledge of database management systems is assumed.After reading the book, developers will be fluent in database systems and how to take advantage of them in their PHP applications. They will also have gained extensive exposure (more than most current professional PHP coders) to post-relational and XML Native Databases, and be able to decide when to use which type of database system.

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A large majority of PHP projects rely on a database back-end. As more and more applications integrate large databases with web interfaces, we seek to provide the novice database programmer with a solid foundation in the art and science of developing advanced data- driven web applications with PHP.

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Deepak Thomas is a Member of Technical Staff with Oracle corp. in Redwood Shores, CA. Co-author of Professional PHP; he has also contributed to other Wrox titles on Linux and Java both as an author and a reviewer. His interests include Linux, J2EE technologies, and website deployment issues.

Andrew Hill is Director of Technology Evangelism for OPenlink Software, an enterprise middleware and data access infrastructure firm located in Burlington,MA. Andrew's position puts him squarely between the business and tech fronts of developing technology industries. He has been programming in PHP for a couple of years, coming to the PHP community initially to support the use of ODBC and database agnostic application connectivity. His interests also include XML, VSP, MAc OS X, and various other *nix technologies.

Harish Rawat is a software developer at Oracle Corporation. He has over nine years of experience in Systems programming. His technical areas of interest include XML,Java, and Network Protocols.Co-author of Professional PHP; he has also contributed to other Wrox titles on Linux and Java both as an author and a reviewer.

By day, Christopher Scollo is a seemingly ordinary software developer toiling away at his projects. But by night, he eats and sleeps. Other hobbies include hiking,cycling,teaching courses about web technologies, and being polite to people. Many of his personality traits can be connected in some way or the other to his use of the vi editor. Originally, from New Jersey, USA, he now lives in Munich, Germany with his wife, Nicole Bator.

Chris Lea is a developer currently living in Los Angeles, CA. He received a BS in Physics with Highest Honors and Distinction from UNC-CH in 1997, and has been sitting in front of a computer for a great deal of his time since then. Typically he uses Linux, which has been his platform of choice since sometime in college when he first bumped into it. He started with PHP a few years after that and has worked on projects ranging from the entertainment industry to the financial sector.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for newbies!! 12 Nov 2002
By Deke Flesche - Published on Amazon.com
I just got a copy of this book last week, and this was exactly the content that i was in search of - Getting upto speed with PHP and databases, to build robust database driven web applications.
Infact, this book manages to provide solutions to the large number of problems that newbie PHP programmers post on sites like phpbeginners.com,php.net and phpbuilder.
The approach to presenting a database agnostic solution, through the use of the most recommended PEAR::DB abstraction layer (i even found documentation about PEAR::DB, that i had spent ages figuring out for myself) sets this book in a class of its own.
The typos and grammar stand out at places, but who cares when you have gotten what you wanted.
I highly recommend this book to the BEGINNING/NEWBIE PHP Programmer.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 7 Nov 2002
By Matthew J. Wade - Published on Amazon.com
This book aims to teach the skills necessary to develop any size web application with PHP, backed by a database. They start off with the now de facto PHP introduction and then jump head first into database fundamentals. Nearly half of this book is devoted to teaching database layout, design, and use. This is long over due in the PHP community. Too many PHP developers are creating database enabled applications that have absolutely no prior experience with databases! This book covers everything from elementary topics, such as table creation, selects, inserts, and deletes, to advanced database usage with joins, stored procedures, triggers, and cursors. While they did cover indexing, I feel that it was a bit lacking and could have used a more in depth exploration.
One pleasant surprise was that no one particular database is favored; in fact use of the database abstraction layer in PEAR is encouraged for code portability. I am encouraged by the use of PEAR in this book, as it can only help to bring the community together in its use and promote PEAR as a standard of sorts. The PEAR database abstraction layer is picked apart so that you may understand exactly how it works and be that much more efficient with using it.
At the end of this book, it offers two chapters dedicated to designing and implementing applications using a native XML database. The first of the two chapters concentrates on the fundamentals of native XML databases; what they are and how they work. The second chapter then presents a case study using Xindice.
I found this book to be very thorough and well put together. Cheers to Wrox for another fine book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really helped!! 19 Jan 2003
By M Ringus - Published on Amazon.com
Do not wish to use too many words. I can just say that this book was of great help to me. Though dabbling with PHP, I learnt a lot from the book, since it has dealt with lot of basic knowledge of databases. Was just the right one for a student like me who had very little knowledge of the databases. Kudos to the authors!!
2.0 out of 5 stars Short of PHP Database Content 30 April 2008
By Bruce Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm sorry to disappoint the previous 3 reviewers (and I know I am late to the game), but only buy this book used. It has 7 chapters coverage on SQL which by itself is not bad, but if I wanted a SQL book I would buy one. When it says Beginning Databases - I would expect a lot more. It spends one or two chapters on Pear. It has no chapters on ODBC and doesn't cover the differences between working with PHP and databases like mySQL, MSSQL and Oracle (and others). It does cover XML which I haven't looked at yet because I am most interested in ODBC and Pear at this point and picking a database to develop with. It does have a summary on different databases that might prove to be helpful.
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