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PHP and MySQL For Dummies [Paperback]

Janet Valade
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24 Nov 2006 0470096004 978-0470096000 3rd Edition
Build an online catalog and a members–only site

Everything you need to know to create a dynamic PHP and MySQL Web site!

Been thinking of creating a high–quality interactive Web site? This book is just what you need to get started! Here′s the fun and easy way(r) to develop a Web application in PHP 4, 5, or 6 and MySQL 5, test your software, enable your Web pages to display, change, and move database information, and much more.

Discover how to
∗ Plan and implement a Web database application
∗ Design and build a MySQL 5 database
∗ Build dynamic HTML forms
∗ Create scripts that store, retrieve, and update database information
∗ Display database information in a Web page

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Edition edition (24 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470096004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470096000
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 830,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Build an online catalog and a members–only site

Everything you need to know to create a dynamic PHP and MySQL Web site!

Been thinking of creating a high–quality interactive Web site? This book is just what you need to get started! Here′s the fun and easy way® to develop a Web application in PHP 4, 5, or 6 and MySQL 5, test your software, enable your Web pages to display, change, and move database information, and much more.

Discover how to

  • Plan and implement a Web database application
  • Design and build a MySQL 5 database
  • Build dynamic HTML forms
  • Create scripts that store, retrieve, and update database information
  • Display database information in a Web page

About the Author

Janet Valade is the author of PHP 5 For Dummies, PHP & MySQL Everyday Apps For Dummies, and PHP & MySQL: Your visual blueprint for creating dynamic, database–driven Web sites, as well as the author of first and second editions of this book. In addition, Janet is the author of Spring into Linux and a coauthor of Mastering Visually Dreamweaver 8 and Flash 8.
Janet has twenty years of experience in the computing field. Most recently, she worked as a Web designer and programmer in an engineering firm for four years. Before that, Janet worked for thirteen years in a university environment, where she was a systems analyst. During her tenure, she supervised the installation and operation of computing resources, designed and developed a data archive, supported faculty and students in their computer usage, wrote numerous technical papers, and developed and presented seminars on a variety of technology topics.
To keep in touch, see janet.valade.com.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ??????? 31 May 2007
Format:Paperback
I am new to PHP and have learned other things before using for dummies books and found them very good, however i was extremely disappointed. I found this book boring and irritating. After about 6 hours of reading i was thinking 'when am i going to be set a task to practice what i have just learned' well that time never come. If you think you can learn a just by constant reading with no task to follow and nothing practice then this book would be ideal for you.

When my friend ( who has been using php for nearly 7 years) looked at this book he said he couldn't believe how poor the script was inside the book and told me to ignore some of it altogether.

I would never recommend anyone ever buying this book, and i am going to find another book that will teach me PHP preferably not written by Janet Valade
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanstastic 16 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback
I know No HTML or PHP coding, and i mean the max i know is < b > etc etc.

I have started an online business and this book gave me the information I needed for creating dynamic pages, connecting to databases and so on and so forth. All the examples in the book can be downloaded from [...] which i found very useful, each file she creates you are allowed to use on your own without having to add any information apart from your database credentials.

The book starts with the very basics, telling you how print simple statements like "it is raining" using the echo" " functions. It then progresses with using if statements and conditionals, functions and other parts of the PHP code which are useful. The book then goes into in depth information on how to build a MYSQL database with PHP MYSQL queries, it tells you how to DROP, CREATE, UPDATE, DELETE etc which i personally found useful

The book then carries on and shows a live running example on what PHP applications can be used for, giving a useful example of a online catalogue and a Members only Area which is what i use. The code can be edited to your needs, for example i added a user level to the database and extra code to the top of every page that disallowed entry depending on the user entry (if you want that code, please email me at dominic.langmead@college-downloads.co.uk and i will send it to you).

The online catalgoue is also very useful, i added it to my site then removed it for the paypal alternative. Janet Explains what she is doing in her coding examples with #number which is explained on the pages after, very useful i must say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for everyone. 5 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is good for any skill level, it is very thorough with the explanation and easy to follow. Plus the book is full of tips and tricks that even a well versed web designer could learn from this.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Practice 15 Nov 2007
By Emma
Format:Paperback
I am usually a fan of the for dummies series but this book disappointed me. I couldn't beleive how bored and annoyed I was when trying to learn something from it. Trying to remember some of the stuff was so hard because there was no practice to reinforce it into my brain. Very disappointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat okay, but was confusing at the time... 27 April 2008
By B S
Format:Paperback
This book was very interesting to read. At the time I read this book I had only knowledge of HTML and was interested in learning PHP. This book was a total disaster in some respect, it baffled on to very complex terms right at the start for someone who has never learnt a scripting language before, not the way to go. I obviously learnt a few things out of it, including variables and loops, and the likes - but after that Janet went onto explaining very complex code. But, for me, I want a book that gets right into the code and let me actually code something instead of just showing me the code without a clue of, a) how to use it and b) where to put it.

Lastly, the MySQL chapters weren't descriptive enough to understand but despite the fact it was explained in early chapters of the book, I'd rather learn the basics of PHP before being taught SQL queries and the MySQL facility.

The way I learnt PHP in the end is doing so over the Web, and learning it by producing something with what I understood already, which is the best practice for most people learning scripting languages alike of PHP. PHP is very easy and logical, and obviously this book author makes it seem too easy in her description of what PHP is, before actually being disappointed with this book.

I'd stay completely away from the 'for Dummies' books, absolutely a waste of money, although very affordable prices.
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