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PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide [Paperback]

Larry Ullman
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21 May 2003 0321186486 978-0321186485 1

When static HTML pages no longer cut it, you need to step up to dynamic, database-driven sites that represent the future of the Web. In PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide, the author of best-selling guides to both the database program (MySQL) and the scripting language (PHP) returns to cover the winning pair in tandem¿the way users work with them today to build dynamic sites using Open Source tools. Using step-by-step instructions, clearly written scripts, and expert tips to ease the way, author Larry Ullman discusses PHP and MySQL separately before going on to cover security, sessions and cookies, and using additional Web tools, with several sections devoted to creating sample applications. A companion Web site includes source code and demonstrations of techniques used in the volume. If you¿re already at home with HTML, you¿ll find this volume the perfect launching pad to creating dynamic sites with PHP and MySQL.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (21 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321186486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321186485
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 17.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Larry Ullman is the Director of Digital Media Technologies and Lead PHP Programmer at DMC Insights, Inc., a firm specializing in information technology. In addition to writing, Larry develops dynamic Web applications, conducts training seminars, and is an Extension Instructor for the University of California at Berkeley.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn PHP and MySQL from the ground up 19 April 2005
As a complete novice to both PHP and MySQL, I found this book totally accessible. [The last language I learned was - wait for it- FORTRAN! - things have moved on a bit...] The progressive tutorial was paced at a perfect rate, introducing just enough new material each time to keep the interest level high and not too much to be overwhelming (unlike a lot of other computer books). The database section of the book explained relational databases in understandable and practical terms too. Another good feature is the wealth of good quality reference material, encouraging the reader to supplement knowledge in specific areas if desired. The overall thrust of the book is towards what I, and I imagine a lot of others, want to do - make a database driven website. The book succeeds in this objective very well indeed.
It's also a very handy reference to Open Source PHP, which helped me to understand how to configure and use several packages.
My only slight criticism is the lack of detail when discussing security - something which is surely a top concern of any operational website. Apart from that, I can't praise it highly enough. If only all computer books were written like this.....
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PHP & MySQL 16 Jun 2004
By isabel
An excellent book with a comprehensive complimentary website, a great reference source for when you get stuck! The book contains good hints and tips at the end of each tutorial for if you get into difficulty.
The book does require you to have good web knowledge and assumes you know the basics of HTML. Good understanding of another language, such as JavaScript, is very useful as much of the knowledge is easily transferable to PHP.
The book has a good introduction to databases for those who have avoided tackling them in the past!
If you follow all the tutorials (rather than just downloading the available PHP files!) you will be up and running in no time. The tutorials are clearly explained and illustrated and don't gloss over any of those vital steps as I've found with other tutorial books. Although all tutorials are based on a few simple functions the skills learnt are easily transferable to different, or more complex, systems.
Happy reading :-)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top book for the php newbie and intermediate 5 April 2005
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I can't speak highly enough of this book, I have used it as my bible since picking up a bit of php a few months back. I initially borrowed a friends copy having found it more useful that the SAMs Teach Yourself PHP and Mysql in 24 hours that I had already bought. The SAMS book probably explains some of the constructs of using the language a little better, at the start, loops flow control etc, but after that this book just leaps ahead. I continually refer back to it (so much so I had to buy my own!), and its helped me understand and solve lots of problems I have found along the way. Its helped me a great deal to be able to pick apart some of the automated server behaviours in Dreamweaver and to be able to work with them so I can use their facilities but customised for my own needs . I have written three or four scripts which do combinations of stuff in the book and my confidence has gained to the point I actually enjoy the challenge now!.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 21 Sep 2004
Let me say one thing, if you spend time with this book and read it all the way through properly, at the end you will come out with a very good undersatnding of how PHP and MySQL works.
It is very easy to follow, so you wont be getting stuck, and even if you did you can just visit the books website where you are guarenteed to get help. But hey, it wont even comedown to that anyway as you wont be getting stuck.
After reading this book, I am now working on creating my first dynamic website. I had no experience of php, only little bit of SQL when starting this book. But now I am sure I could class my self as an intermidiate PHP MySQL user.
Just take my advice and try it, you wont be disapointed.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - highly recommended 10 Dec 2003
This book is great. Easy to follow, well written and concise. I'm a 4th year student and have used this for much of my final year project based on PHP and MySQL.
It explains really well how to set up a user login system, form entries, some basics of SQL, all you need for this kind of project. Mine is possibly the most used and worn text book ive had in 4 years!
In summary, if you need a book on PHP and MySQL then this will suite you. I'd say its aimed at an beginner to intermediate level user and some HTML experience comes in handy.
I hope this helps you make the right decision.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book 16 July 2004
By A Customer
I am a BSc student, got this book based on some of the above reviews, have to say having read a couple of chapters from it its absolutely great, it lives up to its name, if you want to learn php/mySQL programming fast look no further, although it starts from the very basics having some sort of understanding in scripting/programming/sql is helpful as this book moves very quickly (hence the name!). I recommend this one especially to BSc Computing students.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Computing Book Ever! 22 Feb 2005
By Gortalath VINE VOICE
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I don't normally write reviews, but for this book I decided I had to, simply to praise the people who put it together. I've got a dynamic websites assignment on at the moment and this book has contributed no end. Everything is so clear and easy to understand and yet it manages to provide you with all the information you need to put together very professional and sophisticated websites.
For the beginner there are the SQL and PHP chapters themselves. I knew SQL and was familiar with the basics of PHP and so I simply started reading at chapter 3. After that there are advanced topics for PHP and MYSQL use, which are in the format of, box with code in, followed by screenshots, and then an explanation. This conveys the meaning perfectly, and you know how you will implement it into your own website.
Finally, there are additional topics for those people who master PHP/MYSQL and have created their dynamic website. These include a user registration system, and content management system which I am thouroughly looking forward to. Despite the PHP/MYSQL title, the book also covers javascript and html use as they are so much a part of the subject. All this is in a slim 500 page book, which also manages to be a good reference book for the SQL and PHP functions available. I could go on all day...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - really easy to follow along
Only been studying PHP and MySQL for a short period, but found this book really useful and helpful. All codes can be downloaded to save time, and screen-shots and step by step... Read more
Published 6 months ago by martin p bannister
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read!
Being new to PHP I found this book really easy to follow. Great examples that you can use in the real world, this book is impressive! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sheila Connelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Optimistic
The running rabbit books are the real thing, and Larry Ullman is someone whose style I am comfortable with and I enjoy the layout of the books. Read more
Published 12 months ago by WelshMiner
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book to read and work with.
I have so far managed to get about halfway through this book, following the items and even entering quite a lot of them onto my computer to test them. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. J. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book although
This book teaches you a lot with many lessons but as you may miss in the title it says "for dynamic websites" which means you are not just learning PHP and MyQL, you are... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars PHP and MySQL programming
This book is a good starting point for anyone wanting to learn about PHP and MySQL.
My only criticism is that I think the author tries to cover too much in a single volume. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Song Builder
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The book is great.
Clean and comprehensible language. An excellent approach even for beginners. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Marco Morais
3.0 out of 5 stars Provides a good grounding
I read this book in conjunction with 'Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache All in One' and it proved useful providing insight into some other features of php beyond that... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. Robert V. Darling
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for all levels
Nice and easy to understand book. This book will take you from beginner to professional level. All you need is determination and eager to become professional php programmer.
Published 22 months ago by Khurram
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference
Ideal for the beginner as well as the more advanced developer. I'm using it to enhance the knowledge gained from pervious purchases.
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