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  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 4 edition (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780672329166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672329166
  • ASIN: 0672329166
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This book by Welling & Thomson is the only one which I have found to be indispensable.The writing is clear and straightforward but never wastes my time.The book is extremely well laid out.The chapters are the right length and chapter titles quickly take you where you want to go.”
—Wright Sullivan, President,A&E
Engineering, Inc., Greer South Carolina

“There are several good introductory books on PHP, but Welling & Thomson is an excellent handbook for those who wish to build up complex and reliable systems. It’s obvious that the authors have a strong background in the development of professional applications and they teach not only the language itself, but also how to use it with good software engineering practices.”
—Javier Garcia, senior telecom engineer,
Telefonica R&D Labs, Madrid

“This book rocks! I am an experienced programmer, so I didn’t need a lot of help with PHP syntax; after all, it’s very close to C/C++. I don’t know a thing about databases, though, so when I wanted to develop a book review engine (among other projects) I wanted a solid reference to using MySQL with PHP. I have O’Reilly’s mSQL and MySQL book, and it’s probably a better pure-SQL reference, but this book has earned a place on my reference shelf…Highly recommended.”
—Paul Robichaux

“The true PHP/MySQL bible, PHP and MySQL Web Development by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson, made me realize that programming and databases are now available to the commoners. Again, I know 1/10000th of what there is to know, and already I’m enthralled.”
—Tim Luoma,TnTLuoma.com

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PHP and MySQL are popular open-source technologies that are ideal for quickly developing database-driven Web applications. PHP is a powerful scripting language designed to enable developers to create highly featured Web applications quickly, and MySQL is a fast, reliable database that integrates well with PHP and is suited for dynamic Internet-based applications.

 

PHP and MySQL Web Development shows how to use these tools together to produce effective, interactive Web applications. It clearly describes the basics of the PHP language, explains how to set up and work with a MySQL database, and then shows how to use PHP to interact with the database and the server.

 

This practical, hands-on book includes numerous examples that demonstrate common tasks such as authenticating users, constructing a shopping cart, generating PDF documents and images dynamically, sending and managing email, facilitating user discussions, connecting to Web services using XML, and developing Web 2.0 applications with Ajax-based interactivity.

 

The fourth edition of PHP and MySQL Web Development has been thoroughly updated, revised, and expanded to cover developments in PHP 5 through version 5.3, such as namespaces and closures, as well as features introduced in MySQL 5.1.

 


 


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Dixon on 3 Oct 2009
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Well written, well organised, clear, precise - not full of useless waffle like many guides - over 900 pages of solid information. I can highly recommend this book for beginners and experienced programmers.

I bought the book to help me quickly learn PHP for web development (I'm an experience programmer in other languages). I found the book to be very useful; it doesn't stop with simplistic basics, but discusses real development issues, like security for example. Also, although I am trained and experienced in SQL databases, I found the information provided for SQL syntax and using MYSQL with PHP pages clear and informative. I think this section would be especially useful for anyone new to SQL.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MonkeyD on 1 Jun 2011
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I have finally managed to make it through the first 2 chapters. What i learnt in those first 2 chapters covered up to 120-130 pages of the the Sams PHP, MySql and Apache book. I have found the book to be a little challenging in those 2 chapters and have decided to step down a notch to Larry Ullman's PHP 6 and MySql 5 book. The problem i found was that some of the syntax used was not clearly explained so i was sat there thinking why is that there, then continually referring to websites to understand why.

An example of this is in this example code.

echo "<tr>
<td align=\"right\">".$distance."</td>
<td align=\"right\">".($distance/10)."</td>
</tr>\n";

There is no explanation why the backslash is used, but after reading Larry's book, which this is covered on page 6, i now know it's an escape.

On a positive note this book's examples are really useful and once i have learnt the basics a bit more i will be returning to the book to further advance my knowledge and use the examples in my project sites.

My advice is try a simpler book first if your are new to PHP and use this book to build upon that knowledge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MuffinFan337 on 15 Jun 2010
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This book states that it is suitable for beginners yet it clearly assumes some previous knowledge of php. 30 pages in I find myself looking blankly at the page all to frequently having been baffled at what seems like a soup of meaningless words. I will be keeping this book as it is fairly well written and seems quite comprehensive, I look forward to getting back into it after I find a book that can hold my hand whilst I take baby steps.
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Right - everything I have read in the chapters in this book has been well explained and had good accompanying examples. Except for the installation on Mac. This however is ubiquitos as I found out on my search so I can't slate the book for that, it seems everyone who should have it right had it wrong when i was looking. I eventually cobbled together the right thing taking bits from a few guides. If you are using a pc I would imagine there will be no problem. Though only half way through i am still happy to recommend it despite the installation problems with mysql.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Turfcutter on 20 Feb 2011
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When I read throught this book I was favourably impressed as it seemed to cover everything I wanted to know. I thought it was the bee's knees until I actually started to use it. I have done hobby programming in C, assembler and Java but no web programming. The first snag came when following the installation instructions for PHP on Windows. I quote from page 903:

"Now follow these steps:

1. In the main directory, you will see a file called php.exe and one called php5ts.dll. You need these files to run PHP as a CGI. If you want to run it as a SAPI module instead, you can use the relevant DLL file for your web server: php5apache2_2.dll in this case.

The SAPI modules are faster and easier to secure; the CGI version allows you to run PHP from the command line. Again, the choice is up to you."

Do you see anything wrong with step 1? Well, there is no step! There is no instruction given. There is some information but they do not tell you what to do with it. I decided to ignore it and proceed with the installation and was successful to the extent that the test.php script which calls phpinfo() actually worked.

So I went back to page 14 and typed in the sample application consisting of orderform.html and processorder.php. The scripts would not work; Firefox could not find processorder.php. Apparently the scripts have to be saved in a particular directory but the book does not tell you that! Returning to the installation instructions, on page 904 I found a reference to the doc_root directive which suggested to me that maybe my scripts should be saved in htdocs. But when I tried this I got a "permission denied" error from Windows. I wiped the software off, installed EasyPHP and tried out the sample application again using the files on the book's CD.
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By W. F. McCarthy on 17 Jun 2014
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Useful reference and reminder. Shipped promptly and delivered in excellent condition, as described. Useful if you are looking to find out more on the subject.
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Easy language and flow easy to follow with real examples applicable in many situations.

I recommend it! For beginners specially.
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I'd got past beginner level with PHP, and I was looking for a book to take me further. This is definitely it. It covers PHP basics very quickly and efficiently – great as a refresher, but I'm not sure how helpful it would be for a novice. Probably not a problem if you're familiar with JavaScript etc. The style is clean and comprehendible, the exercise files are easy to find and download (this can be a problem with other books).
It's very thick, and the text is quite small – I wound up buying the Kindle version, too, for portability and legibility. Still, in the morass of PHP books out there, this one delivers the goods.
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