on 13 July 2005
I have only a basic understanding of programming languages and I was looking for a book to help me develop web pages further.
This was the perfect solution.
I found the book to be clear and concise, it follows a logical sequence that takes you through the fundamentals of MySql and PHP before explaining how to use both effectively using Dreamweaver with a local and remote web server environment.
What is very helpful in this book is the case study at the end which takes you step by step through building a complete dynamic site.
The end of the book is devoted to explaining in detail how to configure Dreamweaver ( a task in it's own right!)
If you are looking to develop dynamic web pages with the PHP / MySql combination for the first time I would recommend this book as an excellent starting point.
on 12 June 2005
Having recently moved over from programming in Coldfusion to PHP, I was seeking a good, down to earth book, that showed how to develop PHP, using the Dreamweaver environment.
This book not only covers a multitude of useful tips and hints for combining the two, using a logical and free flowing format, but also covers diverse subjects, such as conforming to changing web standards and CSS integration.
It is a very good book for the money and packed full of useful information. It is obviously not designed to be a comprehensive reference to PHP, or Dreamweaver MX, but is an excellent introduction to combining the two technologies.
on 21 July 2006
After reading all the positive reviews about this book I though this has to be the book for me....I perfect begineers guide. However after tearing my hair out for 3 days I realised that this book is just vague, to start with, which just made it difficult to work with. The explanations about php were great, and I though yes this book deserves all the credit it has recieved, however half way through the 2nd chapter you are refered to a section at the end of the book, which explains how to set up php/apache/mysql. However the versions are out of date,which means as soon as you hit a problem, you spend 2 hours fishing around online forums to find the answer! To be honest if it wasn't for the sample I downloaded from sitepoint.com(Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL, 3rd ed.) I would still have been fighting with apache and mysql...actually I am still fighting with phpmyadmin!!
This book just wasn't for me...