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PHP and MySQL Web Development Paperback – 30 Mar 2001

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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: QUE; 1 edition (30 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672317842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672317842
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18.7 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,335,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon Review

PHP and MySQL Web Development introduces readers (who are assumed to have little or no experience with the title subjects) to PHP and MySQL for the purpose of creating dynamic Internet sites. It teaches the same skills as introductory Active Server Pages (ASP) and ColdFusion books--technologies which address the same niche.

Authors Luke Welling and Laura Thomson's technique aims to get readers going on their own projects as soon as possible. They present easily digestible sections on specific technical processes--"Accessing Array Contents" and "Using Encryption with PHP" are two examples. Each section centres on a sample program that strips the task at hand down to its essentials, enabling the reader to fit the process into his or her own solutions as required. Tables that list options and other nuggets of reference material appear as well, but the many examples and the authors' commentary on them take centre stage.

For reference material on MySQL, have a look at Paul DuBois's MySQL. On the PHP side, Web Application Development with PHP4 is excellent. --David Wall

Topics covered:

  • The MySQL Database Server (for both Unix and Windows)
  • Accessing MySQL Databases Through PHP Scripting (the letters don't really stand for anything)
  • Database Creation and Modification
  • PHP Tricks in Order of Increasing Complexity--everything from basic SQL queries to secure transactions for commerce
  • Authentication
  • Network Connectivity
  • Session Management
  • Content Customisation

From the Author

"Practical, effective, and cool"
When we set about writing this book, we aimed to write a book that we would like. We set out to write a book containing lots of realistic examples.

Most of the PHP books we purchased had some excellent chapters, but then devoted half of their length to a function reference. This book is nearly 900 pages long, and by not including another function reference, there was room for plenty of examples.

The book is divided into five parts. The first goes through basic language and programming concepts fairly quickly. We look at files, strings, arrays, regular expressions, code reuse and Object Oriented programming.

Part two deals with MySQL, we start with concepts, cover common queries and move on to advanced topics such as security and optimisation.

Part three deals with e-commerce and security. We look at threats, common ways of mitigating risk and how to implement security features using PHP. Topics include using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and authentication.

Part four is called Advanced PHP Techniques. It contains information on interacting with other parts of the server, or the network, dealing with date and time in various formats, generating images on the fly and using session control.

We think that the book's greatest selling point are the project chapters in part five. Each of these covers one realistic application in detail, with complete source code and discussion of why it was written that way, what compromises where made, and suggestions on ways to modify or extend the applications. The projects are: a bookmark system to demonstrate automatically personalising a site to your user's interests, a shopping cart, a content management system, a web based email service, a mailing list manager, a discussion forum, and a PDF document generation system.

Bill Camarda, a reviewer at a rival book store, described PHP and MySQL Web Development, as "Practical, effective, and cool."

We hope you get as much out of this book as we put into it.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Derek Penman on 21 July 2002
Format: Paperback
Having had some prior experience of ASP programming and MS Database technologies, this text was my first introdction to the world of PHP and MySQL. It is well written and introduces you to the basic concepts of both PHP and MySQL in an accessible conversational style. As you progress through the text, you are gradually introduced to more complex applications through meaningful real world examples. It even has the comfort blanket of an accompanying CD-ROM with all the code! As well as a step-by-step guide, it is well indexed and will become an invaluable reference manual. I would have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone with a little prior knowledge in programming, looking to gain a quick and practcial awareness of PHP and MySQL. I am now looking for other titles by these authors to find out what else I can teach myself quickly!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
I found this book very comprehensive. It contained everything that I needed to cover in order to create a dynamic web site that encorporated a database back end from scratch. It did this in a way that I found others lacking. Instead of tackling the basics of each topic (ie. how to use a function), it expresses the way of using the PHP etc, in a useful, productive, clear and effective manner. Personally, I found this one of its most attractive features.
As a person who does not like to read (student at university) I have to compliment the authors on that fact that it managed to keep my attention long enough to cover 50% in just one day, and it isn't a thin book either! In a single day I managed to comprehend PHP's language syntax and semantics enough to encorporate it with mySQL to produce a dynamic, database driven web page.
This book is fantastic!
However, I do have do agree with another review written regarding installation and configuration of the technologies used. Appendix A (that covers this topic) is a little sketchy and I do think that a person fresh to this topic may find it a little difficult to tackle; as the instructions inside the book are not 100% accurate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chris a collinge on 29 April 2001
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This book is 800 pages of good reading and is very well put together. It teaches you the techniques the theory behind subjects you get involved in, with everyday programming with PHP and MYSQL, but also manages to keep it at a subjective level. I have found in each chapter the right level of theory and practical examples. The editors have done a great job with this book clear , concise and to the point.If you are new to PHP you will find things more challenging, and Intermediate and advanced users will have their eyes opened further. So many people complain about code in the books not working, but good books should give you ideas to write your own code , that is the whole point. If there are errors you should be able to correct them , it is the techniques that make the examples important, you will find plenty in chapter 22 of this book.Welling and Thomson have hit the right cord with this one.The book is aimed at intermediate advanced users.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By on 16 Sept. 2001
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I was somewhat disappointed with this book. Although it cannot be denied that the text is well-written throughout, I was frustrated by the lack of code examples. The book is also squared firmly at the beginner PHP programmer who wants to move to a move intermediate level. I would disagree with the publishers who suggest the book is suitable for intermediate to advanced programmers- people at this level would best avoid this book as there is it contains nothing you couldn't learn from searching around the net for 5 minutes.
In summary then; a good book if you are starting PHP and want to move into making solid web applications. However, steer clear if you consider yourself at least an intermediate PHP programmer- there will be nothing in this book that you won't already know.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By on 26 July 2001
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This is an excellent book, aimed at those with intermediate programming skills or above. The book is comprehensive, well-written with clear real-world-type examples such as building a shopping-cart and a web-based email service. My only real criticisms are Appendix A: "Installing PHP and MySQL", which is where most people who purchase this book will start from, and an incomplete accompanying CD-ROM. The examples in the book require the configuring of PHP with some additional libraries, used for creating PDF documents and spell-checking for example, and this is not adequately covered in the appendix and some of the libraries are not included on the CD-ROM. "We have already discussed the download and installation of these library programs in the relevant chapters" [of an 878 page book!] it rather unhelpfully informs us. However, in the "relevant chapter" for the PDF library, we are told that "in order to install PDFlib you will also need to install the TIFF library..and the JPEG library..", details of how to do which are not given in any detail. One of the reasons for buying a book, especially one related to Linux, is that someone else has done a lot of the hard work for you, such as trawling the internet and piecing together all of the documentation. The appendix would probably only have needed to be another four-or-so pages longer in order to completely cover all of the installation and configuration details, and other than this I would have given it five stars.
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