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PHP 4 Essentials (Linux Series) [Paperback]

Julie Meloni
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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Tech; annotated edition edition (31 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076152729X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761527299
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,393,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PHP is getting lots of attention as an open-source alternative to Microsoft's Active Server Pages, not least because it runs on Linux and other Unix-like systems as well as on Windows. It is a server-side parsing engine that lets you put dynamic content such as online databases on your Web site. The beauty of server-side processing is that any browser can view the results, provided of course that you are careful with your Web page authoring.

There are not many PHP titles available so this one is particularly welcome. The author is an enthusiast for PHP and uses it professionally. Her aim is to provide a hands-on guide to installing and using PHP, for those who have no previous knowledge of the product. It is based on version 3.0, but also covers new features in PHP 4.0. You are expected to have a basic knowledge of HTML. Although databases such as SQL Server and Oracle are briefly covered, there is a special focus on using PHP with MySQL, an excellent open-source database server. This is a common partnership, so the focus is appropriate.

After tackling installation and basic PHP scripts, the book gets straight down to the business of linking with a database. There is a short introduction to SQL, and a complete example of how to create and query a database table. Further chapters cover user authentication, session management with cookies, and Web-based database administration. Finally there is a complete e-commerce example, with code both printed and available from a supporting Web site. An appendix offers a PHP language reference.

This is a book that teaches by example. It is manageable in size and has a friendly real-world feel. It is not the last word on the subject, and is best suited to PHP newcomers or those using rival technology who want an idea of what PHP can do. --Tim Anderson

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Is this book right for you?
Whether you're a first-time programmer or you have afew years of web application development under your belt, I thinkyou'll find something useful in this book. Hopefully, what you'll find is a simple "learn-by-example" path to developing successful, dynamic Web sites.

Unlike the Web itself, this book is fairly linear: you'll start by installing the software needed to use PHP, including a Web server (Win/UNIX/Mac) then gradually move into "Hello World!" scripts and eventually create shopping carts and other database-driven applications.

I didn't write this book to be the one and only PHP book on your bookshelf. That's why it's fairly short (relative to other programming books!) This is an overview book, a "don't be afraid, PHP won't bite" kind of book. There are so many different ways to do one task, and so many different ways that a person can teach another how to do something, that I don't believe any one book can ever be the one-stop text for anything.

All the code in the book, as well as additional tutorials and examples that I didn't include in the book (it would have made it too long, in my opinion), can be found at the supplemental web site. I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have; just use the comments forms at the web site. END

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1.0 out of 5 stars Despicable 20 Dec 2001
By A Customer
This is, sadly, a dire book. It begins reasonably well but loses all sense of structure and direction after the second chapter - the author expatiates at length on various SQL implementations and how to use them with PHP before she has even explained loops! This is not meant to be an SQL book, so I whole heartedly discourage purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm lets just see 28 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Well I have had this book for over a month now and my php has got better ... and I dont think the book helped ... ! Why ... well I belive the inforamtion given to find info else where provided more of the answers that I needed to get a php site up and running
The book is good dont get me wrong and is a great intro to php but there it stops if you rally want to do anything invloved in php beyond simple pages and links well you need more info
all the same i would recommend the book to anyone
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good PHP/database introduction 6 Oct 2000
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The book introduces PHP very well and goes on to describe more advanced database-related techniques. If you'll never use PHP with a database, don't buy this book. But if you are going to use databases, PHP Essentials is highly recommended. The accompanying web site has good PHP tutorials and shows the way to other PHP resources.
The author says she wanted this to be "a 'don't be afraid, PHP won't bite' kind of book" - and she's really succeeded. The book is friendly, but not patronising.
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At last, a book on a programming language that actually appears to have been written by a human being and not a computer! Easy to understand, and covers all the essentials for starting.
It goes through step by step, getting progresively more detailed and in depth as you go. If you are looking to start a language and not get put off, then PHP is the way forward. Its easy to learn and is so powerfull. GET this book.
I will definately be buying more Julie C. Meloni titles if they are written like this!
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