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Effortless E-commerce with PHP and MySQL (Voices That Matter) [Paperback]

Larry Ullman
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6 Dec 2013 Voices That Matter

In this comprehensive guide to creating e-commerce website using PHP and MySQL, renowned author Larry Ullman walks you through every step—designing the visual interface, creating the database, presenting content, generating an online catalog, managing the shopping cart, handling the order and the payment process, and fulfilling the order—always with security and best practices emphasized along the way. Even if you’re an experienced web developer, you’re guaranteed to learn something new. The book uses two complete e-commerce site examples, with various features and goals, to present the widest possible range of e-commerce scenarios. This fully updated and expanded second edition includes an additional and new payment processing example, and also reflects the latest changes in PayPal’s options and methodologies. There are new chapters on marketing-related tools to improve the site and sales, on adding functionality via Ajax, and on implementing e-commerce functionality using OOP instead of procedural code. Effortless E-Commerce with PHP and MySQL, Second Edition teaches you how to:

  • Think of the customer first, in order to maximize sales and customer satisfaction
  • Create a safe server environment and database
  • Use secure transactions and prevent common vulnerabilities
  • Incorporate different payment gateways
  • Design scalable sites that are easy to maintain
  • Build administrative interfaces
  • Extend both examples to match the needs of your own sites

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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (6 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321949366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321949363
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Larry Ullman is a writer, Web and software developer, trainer, instructor, speaker, and consultant. He has written numerous highly acclaimed books, which have sold over 300,000 copies worldwide in more than 20 languages. As his readers, students, and co-workers attest, Larry’s strength is converting the technical and arcane into something comprehensible and useful.

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5.0 out of 5 stars got better 11 April 2014
By Tendai
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Had the first edition but this one's gone a step better. Inclusion of OOP and 2 payment options (paypal and stripe) is a bonus ... but boy oh boy its chunky ! Lots of info. I'd say its targeted to intermediate. Beginner get his other "building dynamic web pages".
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, possibly even very Good, 11 Mar 2014
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If you are in the transition from beginner to intermediate php, then this book will teach you some good stuff.
Such as stored procedures for mySQL and how to implement a shopping cart.

I think thats where Larry was aiming it at.

There are some areas. explaining the MVC architecture for example, I am at odds with.

to me , the book implies that the database layer is the entirety of model and that php is the controller.
this is not entirely true. The database layer is only part of the Model, the other part of the model being the business processes that are implemented in php. but that's possibly going somewhere the book maybe didn't want to cover

Also, The use of objects are not as comprehensive as they could have been.
for example, in a book of this substance, I would have expected a templating system be used , to separate out the view code, from the PHP. This would actually have made it even easier to comprehend

I gave it 4 stars because of that. Perhaps in the next edition, we'll see a templating system and more objects. Then I will give it 5 stars.

But hey, this is a good book and worthy of a read, its certainly better than most of the books out there trying to cover similar topics. I've got hundreds, so I am in a position to compare..

I guess I'm just a critical reviewer

Also, Unless you want to jump in at the deep end, this should not be your first php book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read for anyone with an e-commerce site 20 Dec 2013
By Matthew W. Brueggeman - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a comfortable understanding of SQL/Database, PHP, MySQL, HTML 5, and CSS 3. This book gives more insights into those, and for a nice feature that was not mentioned in the description: the examples are written using Bootstrap 3! I have been learning the Bootstrap framework for the past few months, so the fact that this book is using it is "icing on the cake" for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Effortless for those who already know 10 Jan 2014
By jl - Published on Amazon.com
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Early in this book the author suggests that an already established deep understanding of PHP, Javascript and MySQL will be required to work with this book. Fair enough. However, it would be good to put that on the cover instead of "Effortless."

I've got some PHP and Javascript chops. I've working on the web at various depths for over 15 years. However, I don't drink and breathe PHP, Javascript and MySQL. I found this book often just took off without me.

There are coding books that provide a background and an overview to provide a base from which one can work. This book certainly is not that. Another good kind of programming book provides sort of modular cookbook recipes, which can be used to learn, and also to do something useful, to establish flexible building blocks of expertise that can be applied to various problems. This book isn't quite that either.

The chapters of the book go through very detailed, specific setups, without any flexibility built in. If you know what he's doing, you can follow along.

This book is for people who already know how to do the things it describes quite well. It is not for people who want to learn, explore, or do something besides the very specific scenarios it details. It is not for people who think, "I sort of know how to do this, but I want to do something a little different from his example; maybe this book will help me understand."

The author has a support site, and he seems to generously be present and helpful there. I think the time and money I spent on this book was perhaps not the best investment in solving the problems I had, but someone else might click with it better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good! 2 May 2014
By Jobsonn LAURENT - Published on Amazon.com
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Pretty nice, i appreciate the work. i use it, it gives me a nice performance, thank to the staff that make it possible
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing! 8 Jun 2014
By JBoulder - Published on Amazon.com
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This book walks you through the entire process of creating a couple ecommerce sites. After reading several php books, I haven't found one that is as packed with best practices as this one. This book also contains the latest security measures. Very much recommend this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent example based book 2 April 2014
By AK_surplus - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm fairly new to php and mysql so moderate to advanced books never scared me. I always buy some primer on the subject along with more advanced books like this one. Btw, excellent primer books I have is ISBN: 1449319262 and 1430232498.

The quality contents/examples is what I like in this new edition. The only negative thing I didn't like is the bold font of php code snippets. They look like a blob of spaghetti.
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