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PHP and MySQL Bible [Paperback]

Tim Converse , Joyce Park , Clark Morgan
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11 May 2004 0764557467 978-0764557460
This comprehensive tutorial and reference covers all the basics of PHP 5, a popular open source Web scripting language, and MySQL 4.012, the most popular open source database engine Explores why users need PHP and MySQL, how to get started, how to add PHP to HTML, and how to connect HTML Web pages to MySQL Offers an extensive tutorial for developing applications with PHP and MySQL Includes coverage of how to install, administer, and design MySQL databases independently of PHP; exception and error handling; debugging techniques; PostgreSQL database system; and PEAR database functions The authors provide unique case studies of how and where to use PHP drawn from their own extensive Web experience

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  • Paperback: 1080 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (11 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764557467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764557460
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 18.6 x 5.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If PHP5 and MySQL can do it, you can do it too... PHP and MySQL form a powerful team, and if you have some fluency with HTML, this comprehensive guide will have you creating database–backed, PHP–driven Web sites in no time. Along with the new features of PHP5, you’ll learn to install, administer, and use MySQL 4.0 in database design. From getting started with PHP to connecting HTML Web pages to MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Oracle®, you’ll find what you need to take advantage of all this dynamic duo has to offer. Inside, you’ll find complete coverage of PHP5 and MySQL Resolve common "gotchas" with a series of symptom/diagnosis/fix patterns Discover how to use PHP with Oracle and PostgreSQL as well as MySQL Integrate PHP with Java™, JavaScript™, and XML Use PHP to embed code fragments in normal HTML pages Find out how the new PHP5 parser supports genuine exception handling and a more complete object model Understand Zend Engine 2 and the new object model, with support for private/protected members, abstract classes, and interfaces Install MySQL and learn to administer it successfully, including backups, replication, and recovery Write MySQL–backed PHP applications Learn from case studies how to design and implement a Weblog, a user identification system, and other applications

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Tim Converse has written software to recommend neckties, answer questions about space stations, pick value stocks, and make simulated breakfast. He has an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago, where he taught several programming classes. He is now an engineering manager in the Web search group at Yahoo!. Joyce Park has an M.A. in history from the University of Chicago, and has worked for several Silicon Valley startups including Epinions, KnowNow, and Friendster. She is a co–lead of the Mod–pubsub Open Source project. Clark Morgan is a Web application and educational software developer with more than five years’ experience writing PHP. He works primarily with medical clients and related businesses. Originally from Boston, he now lives and works in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife and two children. Clark spends entirely too much of his free time reading other people’s computer books.

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Starting Point 18 May 2004
Format:Paperback
Purchased this book as a starting point for learning PHP and MySQL.
I've learnt other languages (some albeit unsuccessfully!), and have bought plenty of material to try and aid my learning to some degree. I turned to PHP and MySQL for my final year project at uni, and wanted an 'all in one' book which will make sense to me from the beginning.
This book has been everything i've wanted it to be. Its given me a full briefing of the languages and where they came from, how they interact, how they compare to ASP, JScript, Oracle etc. If you want to learn these two languages in a clear and concise way, this is the book for you. I've read 'Sam's Teach Yourself PHP in 24 hours', and it didn't have half as much information or help as this does.
If you're in two minds bout this book, get it on this recommendation. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 19 Feb 2010
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great php reference. i use php all the time and its useful to have a solid reference book to guide you through the proper way of doing things.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indepth but Lacks something 30 Jun 2005
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First of I would like to say this is a great book and covers ALMOST everything for PHP. However it lacks something and that is continuity. Right from the start the book throughs are you extremely complex examples even for the form handling stuff. Which shows you how to make a newsletter manager.
This is not ideal for a beginner. I suggest you get other books, and use this to expand on points.
It does give you case studys at the end, but I do not feel they are explained enough. Buy other books, and if PHP still interests you get this. Otherwise leave it, you are not going to build interest by reading this book due to it being too complex.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough; easy to understand 7 Aug 2004
By Nolan D. - Published on Amazon.com
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While I'm not finished reading it all (over 1,000 pages) I have to say that I now understand PHP and MySQL so much better than before. I previously purchased the "Visual Quickstart Guide - PHP" and "Visual Quickpro Guide - Advanced PHP" but have to say this book is so much better. It goes through everything you need to know in seperate chapters and provides text on the why's and how's of PHP. For anyone who has tried taking the advice of many and "RTFM" but has become overwhelmed, this book is great. (I'm definitly not saying forget the online manual; it is essential.)

Thank you PHP5 and MySQL Bible.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars educational AND entertaining 26 Sep 2005
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This book is not meant to be a profound cache of code-snippets. Indeed there are some coding errors. I freely admit that I learned raw html "OJT" years ago, with little reason or time to learn anything more involved that wasn't required of me. I was a designer, typesetter and layout hanger, not a programmer. I have no experience in C or in Java. Call me a programmer groupie, I have dozens of family, friends and acquaintances who program miracles daily in all different alleys while I play a "very aesthetic game of tiddleywinks". When I began getting clients who wanted websites that DID things instead of just glorified yellow-page ads, this "turkey" asked all of the "eagles" which way to turn -- they looked at what I needed and what paths that might lead to, and they all said PHP. I started playing around with canned PHP webapps about two years ago, and I quickly picked up how to install mods and then modify those same mods no sweat, but even with a few different sorts of PHP/MySQL in 24 hours, one week, etc. books -- I never really understood the WHY's and HOW's of the GUTS of those webapps [framework, huh?!], let alone how to create even the simplest of freestanding flat calls, all of which have recently begun to make my life SO much easier. I quickly learned that those 24 hours/one week/etc. style books are ALMOST STRICTLY made for folks with C and Java experience even though the books desperately claim otherwise. Why did I choose this book? Because a few friends of mine who have been working with PHP since near the beginning told me that this was one of the few version'd books that always has a worthwhile amount to offer both beginners and seasoned pro's, as well as everyone in between. I actually started reading this one cover to cover, and was not the slightest bit disappointed in my investment. Let me clarify -- I actually COULD read this one cover to cover without wondering what magical decoder ring I was missing. Instead of a code snippet "Instant PHP" book, I finally wound up with one that I can look at the examples in the book, and without even trying the examples verbatim, write my own similar but original code for what *I* want to accomplish. I don't know Jane Adams, I am not her banker, and I don't know what I would do with her recipe database so 6 page long examples of how to code any of that to be used verbatim in 24 hours are of little value to me. Yes, the book jumps around -- there's a heck of a lot to cover here! 1000+ pages might seem rather hefty, but it has been a godsend for me. Take the reviews however you will; I found it extremely educational AND entertaining, and having seen dog-earred copies in the offices of some of said "eagles" -- I am fairly certain there is some great stuff in here for PHP pro's too. If you really feel the need, give it a few minutes at your local bookshop -- then come back to Amazon for the killer discount. You won't be disappointed!
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dry, long winded, and not even funny.. 11 Sep 2004
By Gregory C. Donald - Published on Amazon.com
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Do not bother to get "PHP5 and MySQL Bible" unless you're a complete PHP beginner.

The one OO chapter is not much more than is in the PHP manual. I got it and wish I hadn't. Overall it's long-winded and the humor is dry. Tons of useless chatter in between the information you really want.

I have read this book in whole and these are the facts as I know them.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading 29 Aug 2005
By Adam Wortmann - Published on Amazon.com
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As the other reviewers have stated, there are quite a few code errors. However, I was impressed by the content. The dialog within the book is comprehensive as well as enjoyable. This is not a dry manual. It does jump around, but with so much covered, there's no correct navigational path to develop each topic in succession. I found it great to read the book, but create my own code based on examples found in the book. (Copying the code line by line didn't help me. However, copying the general information contained really expanded my knowledge.) This is a book for beginner and intermediate programmers interested in PHP.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Bookk! 25 July 2013
By Robert David - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall, I was very impressed with this book, like most books in the Bible series. Everything they seem to cover is pretty well covered. Like others have said, the writers "writing" style is going to be hit or miss with some people. I found it a little dry but it had little impact on me. Some of the more advanced concepts of php aren't very well covered. If you are looking for a more in depth look at OOP programming with php, this book only gets you started. The rest of the general information about php is pretty solid though.

Only down side, the author doesn't always show examples that follow the "normal" programming conventions that they talk about.
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