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PHP and MySQL Web Development All-in-one Desk Reference For Dummies [Paperback]

Janet Valade , Tricia Ballad , Bill Ballad
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25 Jan 2008 0470167777 978-0470167779 1
If you want to build dynamic Web sites that encourage users to interact with them, PHP and MySQL are among the best tools you’ll find. PHP is a scripting language designed specifically for use on the Web, while MySQL is a database management system that works with it perfectly. Best of all, they’re free. It’s hard to beat that combination! PHP & MySQL Web Development All–in–One Desk Reference For Dummies is kind of one–stop shopping for the information you need to get up and running with these tools and put them to good use. It’s divided into six handy minibooks that cover setting up your environment, PHP programming, using MySQL, security, PHP extensions, and PHP Web applications. They make it easy to create a Web site where visitors can sign on, use shopping carts, complete forms, and do business with your business. It’s easy to find what you need in this handy guide. You’ll discover how to: Find and acquire all the tools you need and set up your development environment Build PHP scripts to make your Web site work Create a MySQL database that visitors can access Summarize and sort data results Design and implement user access control Build a shopping cart application Create extensions that make your site more useful With PHP & MySQL Web Development All–in–One Desk Reference For Dummies by your side, you’ll be a Web site guru before you know it!

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (25 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470167777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470167779
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 18 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 books in 1 — your key to great dynamic Web sites! Your one–stop guide to building dynamic, database–driven sites — easily Here′s a handy toolbox for building your dynamic Web site, all in one easy–to–use book! Six convenient minibooks give you what you need to know to use PHP & MySQL — free, open–source technologies. You′ll find it′s easy to create a Web site that lets visitors sign on, use shopping carts, complete forms, and much more. Discover how to: Set up your development environment Build PHP scripts Create a MySQL database Summarize and sort data results Design and implement user access control Build a shopping cart application

About the Author

Janet Valade is the author of PHP &MySQL For Dummies , which is in its third edition. She has also written PHP & MySQL Everyday Apps For Dummies and PHP & MySQL: Your visual blueprint for creating dynamic, database–driven Web sites. In addition, Janet is the author of Spring into Linux and a co–author of Mastering Visually Dreamweaver CS3 and Flash CS3 Professional. Janet has 20 years of experience in the computing field. Most recently, she worked as a Web designer and programmer in an engineering firm for four years. Prior to that, Janet worked for 13 years in a university environment, where she was a systems analyst. During her tenure, she supervised the installation and operation of computing resources, designed and developed a data archive, supported faculty and students in their computer usage, wrote numerous technical papers, and developed and presented seminars on a variety of technology topics.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Simple, but with some key omissions 25 Nov 2010
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This book has lots of simple examples and hand-holding to get you from the initial download of the software through to writing PHP code.

However, the MySQL chapters are found heavily wanting.

There's a whole chapter on installing MySQL and writing SQL queries, but just a few pages on how to get PHP to connect to a database and even less content on how to actually query the database and manipulate the data.

There are a few examples in the very last chapter where you can see the database functions in action, but unfortunately, with very little explanation.

This book certainly does not deserve 5 stars because of the omission of key content. The cover promises so much, and fails to deliver.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Good For Intellectuals! 27 April 2009
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All the Dummies books I've seen are good and this one is excellent! Janet Vallade really knows her stuff and she walks you through until suddenly you look back and see how far you've come. I'm already a developer and wanted to build my skills and yet this book is still very helpful.

If you're new to PHP development or even intermediate this book is a must have if you want to advance quickly. I bought it as a reference to keep on the shelf and refer to for years to come. It really does contain everything you need to know.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you need to learn PHP or MySQL buy this! 11 July 2009
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This book is perfect for learning PHP and MySQL.

PHP is the preeminent programming language of the web and powers the world's most popular websites like Facebook. MySQL is used on nearly all these websites too and the two technologies are fundamental to anyone wanting to create a high quality website.

This book moves at a perfect pace - it makes it very easy for beginners to learn. Also, people with knowledge of other languages won't feel this moves to slowly. The book is also great for quickly finding a feature you need and provides clear and easy to understand code examples.

A great book highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandingly good guide 6 May 2010
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As an experienced IT person and programmer I have come to rely on Dummies guides to introduce me to new subjects. I decided to learn how to program PHP and MySQL and I could not have chosen a better guide. After reading it from cover to cover and finding it all entirely understandable, very logical, and actually quite enjoyable, I have embarked on my first project. It's gone like a dream by snatching bits of code out of the book and developing it to do what I want it to do. It's now my constant reference.

The book is actually six books in one but they all relate to each other where necessary in a seamless manner. It seems to be very complete - I've only got one question that it doesn't appear to answer, which is a pity because I can't find the answer anywhere else either! I only found one thing that doesn't work (on my PC at least) but that was easily worked round. As a retired Head of Security for a large multi-national I was especially impressed with the fact that one whole 'book' is devoted to programming security into dynamic web pages and making it very clear just how important it is.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 16 Jun 2010
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Taking a website forward to an interactive level rather than just for viewing requires forms and databases for the users and this book helps a great deal in starting you off on that journey.
You need to know something about writing HTML before tackling this but apart from that it's a doddle.

If you are familiar with the "for dummies" books, this one is just as good and is a great help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars concise, fairly straight forward read. 14 Oct 2009
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As the author explains, this is a reference book not a learning route. However, having started at the beggining and read through, thus far I have found it an easy book to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book 20 April 2013
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Bought this for my son he tells me it is a good guide to the subject and he still refers to it. Very useful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars PHP & MySQL Web Development for Dummies 7 Jan 2013
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A good book to help one get to grips with what for many of us is an alien subject. The title makes me smile as as far as I can see it is definitely NOT for dummies.
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