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  • Paperback: 824 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 4 edition (2 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430231149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430231141
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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W. Jason Gilmore is a web developer and business consultant with more than 15 years of experience helping companies large and small build amazing software solutions. He has been teaching developers from around the world about web development for over a decade, having written six books, including the bestselling Beginning PHP and MySQL, Fourth Edition and Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework, Second Edition .Over the years Jason has been published more than 300 times within popular publications such as Developer.com, PHPBuilder.com, JSMag, and Linux Magazine, and instructed hundreds of students in the United States and Europe. He s recently led the successful development and deployment of a 10,000+ product e-commerce project, and is currently working on a variety of new e-commerce initiatives. Jason is cofounder of the wildly popular CodeMash Conference, the largest multi-day developer event in the Midwest.

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By SeanJ on 24 Feb 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The first 100 pages of this book explains how to install PHP and MySQL, and go into far too much detail (for beginners) about configuring the environment.

This book is not, repeat not, written with beginners in mind.

If you are a beginner buy the book Practical PHP and MySQL Website Databases by Adrian West.
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I purchased this because it has everything in that I would like to learn, I found the internal detail is excellent and does cover everything, although, it's not very appealing to starters wanting to learn PHP and MySQL. I myself shall be looking at buying another book as I cannot learn from this as I'm a beginner, it's more for people with knowledge of PHP and MySQL. I shall keep this book as a reference for when I have learnt PHP as I find it's very useful.

*Id not recommend this for beginners in PHP & MySQL unless you've a bit of knowledge in the programming.
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I have read a few introductory books on PHP ( notably the Robin Nixon one and a Dummies book by A. Harris. ) but this book has taught me a lot.

I have read the whole book now apart from the last 2 chapters and would say that I certainly feel a lot more confident in my coding abilities. The author covers a lot of ground and writes confidently and concisely about the various subjects. I was actually quite surprised to learn so much about the eco system that is PHP having already read two books on the subject ! There is information and insight that presumably is the result of years of practical experience .

I found the chapter on Jquery to be a tad short, having read about Javascript quite extensively, but it was a good over view of the subject. It is important for server side programmers to know about client side coding too I guess.

I have the PHP manual ( a searchable CHM file ) along with the PDF version of this book on my Ipad. and together they form a formidable resource.

The book also opened my eyes with respect to MySQL features I had never come across before, again despite having read 2 books on the Subject ! Namely Triggers, Stored Programs, the mysql tables and INFORMATION_SCHEMA etc.

Quite how the author came up with a decision on what to include ( or more importantly what not to include ) in the book is a slight mystery, I can only assume it has covered enough of what I need to know. It could be that it's just because of the continually evolving and vast nature of the language that the author has had difficulty in creating a definitive reference, It would be good to have suggestions as to where to go next having read this book. I am thinking that I will probably start to learn about the various frameworks , e.g..
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Everything you need to know about PHP and MySQL. I got next day delivery even though I chose the standard delivery option, so very impressed. Recommended item and seller.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very nicely done... 25 Feb 2012
By R. J. Province - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a developer for over 24 years and I've been writing PHP applications for the DHS for over 10 years. I purchased this book as a desk reference and have found it very useful. It's well organized, so I can find what I'm looking for in a snap. I don't have time to read it from cover to cover, but what I have read has been very insightful and well worth the purchase price. I recommend this book over all others. I also purchased the PHP book, you know the one with the funny animals, and it was absolutely the worse book I ever read. It was not helpful at all. It was written by too many authors and left me confused. Yes, wording the same thing in 2 different ways becomes very confusing. I think I'll stick with the Experts from now on. Hope this helps.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for an experience software engineer new to PHP 7 Mar 2011
By Ali Julia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am an experienced software engineer who never done any PHP coding until three weeks ago. I had a good idea of what I wanted to accomplish, but did not know exactly how to do it using PHP. This book was perfect for me.
This book did not cover the basics of software engineering, so when they say "novice" they refer to being a novice in PHP only.

The book is well organized, and I was able to find what I needed to do without reading the book cover to cover.
The sections on installing and configuring PHP and MySQL were very helpful to start with. Examples were clear and useful, and I was able to adapt them to my own needs easily.

I was able to complete my project in several weeks, much of it thanks to this reference.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A good book to start PHP 30 Nov 2011
By mart - Published on Amazon.com
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Minor typing errors and code errors are there, but if you are an experienced code examiner, they pose no hinder for learning the interesting PHP language. PHP is changing rapidly, so I gathered much from this book, even if all the changes made to this language are not presented in this newest book. For the novice, though, a substantial basis to start learning!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A powerful and very valuable tool for web design student 12 Dec 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In web development, two languages have taken a strong place in crafting today's most valuable websites. "Beginning PHP and MySQL: From Novice to Professional" is a complete and comprehensive guide to learning and understanding these two disciplines in web design and how to use them to craft a useful and excellent website. Using these features allow for more complete data bases, interactivity with users, W. Jason Gilmore also explores how to integrate these concepts with the basic web building language of HTML. "Beginning PHP and MySQL" is a powerful and very valuable tool for web design students.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! 9 Dec 2010
By Sribatsa Das - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Beginning PHP and MySQL From Novice to Professional stands true to its name. This book is well written. Chapters progressively elaborate concepts with clear, concise, and easy to understand examples. This book aptly makes developers aware of ways to address security with PHP. I would like to thank the author for writing such a marvelous technical book. Two thumbs up!
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