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PHP and MySQL: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating Dynamic, Database-driven Web Sites [Paperback]

Janet Valade
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12 Sep 2006 0470048395 978-0470048399
"The expertise, thought, and effort that go into each book are obvious, and I sincerely appreciate your efforts. Keep up the wonderful work!"
––Tracey Moore (Memphis, TN)

Welcome to the only guidebook series that takes a visual approach to professional–level computer topics. Open the book and you will discover step–by–step screen shots that demonstrate over 140 key techniques using PHP amd MySQL, including:
∗ Configuring Apache to process PHP code
∗ Working with character strings
∗ Creating, sorting, and comparing arrays
∗ Defining and using functions
∗ Finding and replacing substrings
∗ Querying databases and retrieving data
∗ Stopping and starting the MySQL server
∗ Adding dynamic check boxes
∗ Sending new Web pages to a browser

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∗ High–resolution screen shots demonstrate each task
∗ Succinct explanations walk you through step–by–step
∗ Two–page lessons break big topics into bite–sized modules
∗ "Apply It" and "Extra" sidebars highlight useful tips


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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (12 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470048395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470048399
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 18.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,263,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The expertise, thought, and effort that go into each book are obvious, and I sincerely appreciate your efforts. Keep up the wonderful work!"
Tracey Moore (Memphis, TN)

Welcome to the only guidebook series that takes a visual approach to professional–level computer topics. Open the book and you will discover step–by–step screen shots that demonstrate over 140 key techniques using PHP amd MySQL, including:

  • Configuring Apache to process PHP code
  • Working with character strings
  • Creating, sorting, and comparing arrays
  • Defining and using functions
  • Finding and replacing substrings
  • Querying databases and retrieving data
  • Stopping and starting the MySQL server
  • Adding dynamic check boxes
  • Sending new Web pages to a browser

Extra / Apply It

  • High–resolution screen shots demonstrate each task
  • Succinct explanations walk you through step–by–step
  • Two–page lessons break big topics into bite–sized modules
  • "Apply It" and "Extra" sidebars highlight useful tips

About the Author

Janet Valade has 20 years experience in the computing field. Her background includes experience as a technical writer for several companies, as a Web designer/programmer for an engineering firm, and as a systems analyst in a university environment where, for over 10 years, she supervised the installation and operation of computing resources, designed and developed a statewide data archive, provided technical support to faculty and staff, wrote numerous technical papers and documentation, and designed and presented seminars and workshops on a variety of technology topics.
Janet currently has four published books — PHP & MySQL For Dummies, Second Edition, PHP 5 For Dummies, PHP & MySQL Everyday Apps For Dummies, and Spring into Linux, and has coauthored Master VISUALLY Dreamweaver 8 and Flash 8. In addition, she has authored chapters for several Linux and Web development books.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin... 5 May 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I started on this this book experienced at computing but a complete novice on PHP and MySQL. This book walked me thought setting up the environment of Apache, MySQL and PHP including where to get the software for Linux and Windows platforms and how to install and configure it. It then goes through heaps of explanations and examples in easily digested lessons. The code is available from the publishers web site.

It really is a great starter on how to create web pages created on the fly from a MySQL database.

It is not a complete book on PHP by any means, or probably on MySQL. The PHP readdir command is one probably amongst many that doesn't get a look in. But then readdir has nothing to do with MySQL integration.

But if you're new to this it will take you far enough forward to feel confident about carrying on.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Screenshots! 26 Oct 2010
By A. Kwabula VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This book promises to be different on account of being a Visual guide, so I guess, that should be it's strongest point. Now if that is what makes it different from other books, then everything about it is wrong unless the book offers a visual learning experience.

Now the screenshots in the book are so small that you can only use the book if you download the code and see the results through a browser window. That's not bad but it kind of defeats the purpose of the book, which is to allow a learning away from a computer! Actually the screenshots are visible in some areas where the examples use less PHP code, but even then it's only readable if you have acute vision. The author was trying to save space by using very tiny screenshots. I can't believe this book was left the production office with such a flaw! Couldn't someone notice that the screenshots are not easily readable? The worst of the images are the MySQL ones with tiny text against a black background. If all Visual Blueprint books are like this, then it may be better to keep a distance, alternatively buy thyself a MAGNIFYING glass, or a Microscope!

Is the book good? Well I can't tell for sure because I have not read more than a chapter. I had to buy other books that have good sized code windows.

For the Author and everyone involved in this book, please make a future edition better by replacing all images with magnified ones.

Conclusion:
Not recommended in it's current state, sorry.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your friendly blueprint PHP & MySQL book 5 Nov 2007
By Lana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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First of all I want to confess that I'm absolutely new to PHP and specially to MySQL. I made some try to understand PHP from some books from home library, but there're too advanced for me. In this book I found exactly what I was searching for.

There is no required knowledge level for using this book, but I would recommend it to beginners and intermediate users. For beginners it will be fast and easy PHP & MySQL reference, and for intermediate users it will be excellent book to remind them of all the things they forgotten (and more possibly to bring new stream in their knowledges).

I imagine this book would be useful to people who have no programming experience at all as this book covers basic programming concepts (which are the same in all programming languages) like variables, loops, and arrays, in great detail. Code in this book is for PHP 5 that is currently the latest version of PHP. I know that some companies in the world still stuck on PHP 4. So maybe this book will be helpful to people who wanna take quick overview of interaction of PHP5 and MySQL. I think some people would agree with me that jumping right away from version 4 to version 6 is not very convenient.

This is without a doubt a technical book and such books need to be written with simple language to be ready to everybody's grasp. This book is written with simple language and is very friendly. The book is full of short examples and I liked this book because of its simplicity.

Nobody stays behind as there are clarifications for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X users, so everybody stays satisfied. The detailed chapters on installation and configuration of Apache, PHP, and MySQL for all Windows, Linux and Macintosh are walking the reader through the complex process step by step, giving very clear instructions, explaining the reasons for the recommended configuration choices.

As it says on the cover: "Your visual blueprint for creating dynamic, database-driven Web sites". Book is printed on good quality paper and the most important this pages are not "busy" with a lot of information - inside you find many screenshots for every step you make, so you could have more control over your every action (step).

On a companion website you can download all codes for this book and get more information about author (also review table of content). Compressed .zip file with codes takes about 61kb on your hard disk and 532 kb unzipped. In case of interest you can first download code files and then order a book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 29 April 2007
By Billy L. Hallman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well, I have read acouple of Janet Valades publications and for the most part they are great. This book was not so great. It was really a waste of my money.

This book is just like the rest of the "Visual Blue Print" series, in that, There is way to much going on visually and not enough subject documentation.

If for some stange reason you cannot learn simply by reading a book, this Visual book wont help you either;The picture are to small.

Janet Valades is a wonderful writer, she just need to stray away from the Visual book publications.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 17 Feb 2007
By Edward K. Njenga - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is great if you need a quick and easy setup and understanding. Unlike other authors; this one includes alot of pictorials of the results. The book should take atleast 2-3 days to complete with understanding of how PHP and MYSQL function.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Magnifying Glass Ready 6 Feb 2008
By D. Yarnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I once had a PHP book that was in a larger format than this. It was on glossy paper and featured screenshots. It was a great book. I wish I could recall the name of it because I would like to obtain another copy.

I had hoped that this was that book but I was disappointed. I can't comment about the code in the book as I haven't begun to work through it. The focus of my problem is the miniscule type on the screencap images.

Now I'm not exaggerating; you could benefit from magnifying glasses when you look at the sample output as displayed on these small screencap images. If you are older like me and need to wear glasses these images will prove challenging to see. Since the book relies on these screencaps to display the sample code and output I regard this as a huge problem.

I understand the need for book publishers to reduce costs and that this effort has led to reducing the size of books but this result is a real detriment to the book's effectiveness. Maybe it wouldn't be a problem for a text-only book, but when you are trying to display screencaps the small size of this book's format (7 3/8" wide X 9 1/8" tall) isn't a suitable format because it forces the screencaps to be printed at what I consider to be too small a size.

Its a shame as the presentation format of visually learning is superior to just text but this book shrinks the screencaps too small to retain readable text in them. Too much fine print. :(

If reading ultra-fine print (seriously, its that small) isn't a problem for you then go for this book. If it is then look elsewhere.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pick up php and mysql in no time. 16 Feb 2011
By Larry Battle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
* Why I read this book. *
Its was hard being a web developer who only knew client side languages, so I chose to learn a server side and database language to improve my resume and programming capabilities.
*Good*
I picked this book for it's practical approach towards teaching. Most of pages deal with describing something, then showing screen shots of a small demo with the source code, making it really easy to understand a concept once you see it applied.
*Bad*
The screen shots of the source code are too small.
The regular expression section is pretty disappointing.
There is nothing on PHP extensions.
*Conclusion*
After reading this book, I feel that PHP is an ugly language with too many damn functions. But hey, it's gets the job done. I recommend you get this book if you're new to PHP and MySQL and don't want to get too overwhelmed with function and definitions.

After this book you should consider getting something more advance to make up for the lack of depth.
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