- Paperback: 586 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (6 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449319262
- ISBN-13: 978-1449319267
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.6 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Robin Nixon has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s (his first computer was a Tandy TRS 80 Model 1 with a massive 4KB of RAM!). One of the web sites he developed presented the world's first radio station licensed by the music copyright holders. In order to enable people to continue to surf while listening, Robin also developed the first known pop-up windows. He has also worked full time for one of Britain's main IT magazine publishers, where he held several roles including editorial, promotions, and cover disc editing.
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I've used the information held within to build dynamic database driven websites for work and for pleasure.
I already had a decent understanding of HTML, and a rudimentary understanding of programming constructs, but the material in this book has helped me take it to the next level. In that regard, the author has met his objectives but has also exceeded my expectations.
Each of the four advertised topics are covered in more than enough detail to help you pick up the basics, if not more. You're equipped with sufficient knowledge so that, if you 'get it', you'll be off to a flying start. You'll certainly have enough knowledge to produce a better than average personal website. Your level of knowledge will only improve with a second reading.
Examples of programming concepts such as conditional statements, flow control, operators, functions and object orientation are covered as is basic Ajax. There are some exercises, but I would have welcomed a few more.
I've had the dubious pleasure of reading lots if IT manuals in my time.Read more ›
I once tried to learn programming before but had a terrible tutor who put me off it for years! The author of this book would have made a much better teacher.
What I like about this book is that it has a clear and engaging style, the writer really takes the time to explain concepts using analogies and examples that just make sense.
It's well laid out and progresses nicely from one concept to the next building on what's come before.
I've seen plenty of books on technical subjects where it's a struggle to complete a paragraph without zoning out or losing the will to live.
This book isn't like that, I've been reading it in bed and able to learn stuff to try out the next day.
If I had any complaint it is that Robin does not go quite far enough with some of the examples - many of them are a little too simple, but still informative - and there are large areas of functionality that most websites would capitalise on to make them attractive to users. I have enjoyed many an hour enhancing some of the examples, but I have also not enjoyed the odd hour or so trying to work out why the "simple enhancement" did not work as expected.
Some improvements to consider in the 3rd Ed.:
1. More on MySQL stored procedures, both written in the Management Tool with SQL and using PHP.
2. More on AJAX integration for tabulated data needing regular refreshes.
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More of a 'beginner's reference and refresher' than a text book. Not enough practical exercises and a lot of the PHP syntax gets thrown at you page after page without any projects... Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Powell
Thank you for this great book. It is very comprehensive and detailed book. I have recommended it to my friends.Published 11 months ago by Yinka
As some people may find, a little understanding (in some instances 45 minutes of You Tube Videos and systems set up) will go along way to digesting this book, though with the PHP... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kelvin Beukes
Loses one star because the free Zend server he relies on is no longer available. Or rather, you now have to register, then fill in a form (which expects you to be attending a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Chris Tolworthy
For years my questions about why I couldn't make my websites do what I wanted them to do for years had been answered. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Matthew
A very good book and although is quite hard to read because the content is quite demanding but I like it and mainly use it as referencePublished on 11 Dec. 2013 by Lukas
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