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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Bk&CD-Rom edition (30 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764516507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764516504
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,036,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fun and easy way(TM) to create a Web database application!

Get the scoop on building online catalogs and members–only sites

Take your site to the next level – no programming or database experience required

With a MySQL database and a little PHP programming, you can add a whole new level of interactivity to your site – for free. But how do you get a fix on the world of Web database applications? Don′t worry! With this friendly reference (and the free software on the CD–ROM), you′ll be building a MySQL database and writing PHP programs in no time.

All this on the bonus CD–Rom
∗ PHP server–side scripting language
∗ MySQL relational database management system
∗ Apache Web server
∗ Sample applications and code from the book

System Requirements: A Pentium PC or faster; Windows 9x/2000/Me/XP, Windows NT 4 or later; Linux. At least 32 MB of total RAM; a CD–ROM drive.

See CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

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Janet Valade has 17 years of experience as a Web designer, programmer, and systems analyst.

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 July 2002
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As a complete novice to the world of PHP and MySQL, I selected this book in the hope that it would provide an introduction to the subject that I could understand quickly, as well as providing me with enough information to begin coding the applications I needed to.
It didn't disappoint - I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who, like me, comes from a straight-up HTML coding background with no prior programming knowledge whatsoever. It provides a great introduction to both the SQL and PHP languages, and the real-world examples are very useful and straightforward.
Those who have prior coding experience of any kind would probably find it slow going and would be better off with a more advanced title - since reading this I purchased Greenspan and Bulger's 'MySQL/PHP Database Applications' which is a more in-depth and comprehensive affair but which may have overwhelmed me somewhat had I chosen it as my first book on the subject!
Anyway, as a measure of the book's success, within three weeks of receiving it I had successfully implemented a 'members only' fan club area of a website for a client based on the code examples supplied with the book, as well as creating an online competition application of my own from scratch.
There are a couple of errors in the code supplied, but spotting and correcting these is good practice! Otherwise I'm really hard-pressed to find any other criticisms - for the price it's got to be the best introduction to PHP out there.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mike Rouse on 21 Sept. 2002
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I'm an ideas man and at work I had an idea to use a .php page to connect to a MySQL database and retrieve store information, call notes, and much more. I would not have had this idea if it wasn't for this book. It taught me the basics - even helped me set up PHP and MySQL on my local machine so I now have a server! I had fun getting to the few errors - all part of the learning curve and could be the author, "just testing you". I'm going to move on to the next level of books now that this book has given me a firm foundation to build upon. Easy to understand and follow, not too heavy, free cd. This book is on my desk all the time as its great reference material once you've read it.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2002
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This is a good intro to PHP and MySQL and I agree with my fellow Weegie.
It's quite a light read and getting all of Apache, MySQL and PHP on the CD is a positive bonus.
I knew nothing about either of these until I got this and I've picked them both up quite rapidly.
I think the next book will be the O'Reilly one but as a first book on the subject I think this makes a very good choice.
If I have one criticism it would be that it would have been nice to get a copy of the MySQL databases the book uses - then you could truly have played along with the examples in the text but really this would be a nice to have and it doesn't detract from the book in any great way at all.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By H. Walker on 11 Jun. 2003
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This book is absolutely brilliant - I bought it out of curiouscity of PHP and I found it very easy to get to grips with. The tutorials were, slightly irrelevant to the applications i wished to build, but they did help with use of syntax and the programs bundled on the CD were very easy to configure (although I had some experience with Apache WebServer before). For anyone just the slightest bit interested in PHP/MySQL web database applications - how they work or programming them, this book is for you. There are workable examples in the book which are pre-written for the tutorials and stored on the CD - so basically, you use the knowledge, complete the tutorials, and then you should be able to program your own things from scratch... Note: The book does presume you have moderate HTML knowledge aswell as a basic knowledge of programming concepts (although I dont think the programming concepts side of it really matters...just an interest would do fine in my opinion).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Aug. 2003
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I bought this book based on the reviews laid out below. PHP and MySQL are 2 huge entities in themselves and to combine the 2 into a book and make it informative is a challenge in itself. I think the author does a good job of this. I am one of those people who want to see some results within the first few chapters, even if it is a "Hello World" program, it gives you the feeling of progression within the book. In the initial few chapters I began to get the feeling that this book was another "type this in and watch results" book, without ever knowing exactly what you were doing. I persevered though and by chapter 4 you start to get into the actual coding of the database. Towards the middle of the book you suddenly move away from the flow of creating the database and start to write small sample programs detailing loops and arrays using PHP. What would have been useful here would have been to instruct the reader where in the program they could use each of the examples. It may well be obvious to the writer or an experienced PHP'er but not so for the total newbie (like me :)).
That said, this book did give me enough information to set up a site with user logins, authentication, and basic searchable databases. Something to note here is that although I have set these systems up using mostly this book, the book doesn't just contain scripts that you can paste into your program. A bit of thinking and altering of code is required to make things work on your own site and it was here that I found I got a lot of help from books which dealt with each of the subject matters separately.
All in all, a good book to start you on your way.
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