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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 4 edition (13 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321784073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321784070
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By downsider on 19 April 2005
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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 By isabel on 16 Jun. 2004
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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 By K. Halley on 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 By "trancenova" on 21 Sept. 2004
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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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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By mike hall on 10 Dec. 2003
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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 By A Customer on 16 July 2004
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By willibob on 15 Feb. 2012
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I have bought an awful lot of books on PHP and MYSQL (and in computing in general). This book is different as it tackles teaching you the concepts of coding through meaningful practical examples. This is what you would normally do if taking a college or university course. It helps put everything into context so that you can then understand where to apply these concepts in your own projects. The author has also provided TIP boxes which provide additional explanations of where and why you would use a certain concept in your web design (PHP & MySql). Fortunately, Larry doesn't distract the reader by attempting to explain HTML or CSS principles which would water down the book and detract from PHP and MySql. Instead he leaves the reader to research these as separate subjects of which there are many resources. This helps the reader and author to remain focussed on the main subjects of PHP and MySql.

I regard this book as one of a few pivotal texts that have succeeded in demystifying many coding concepts and has taken me to the next level of understanding. This is one of those very useful books that I shall keep referring to for a long time.
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