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Luke Welling , Laura Thomson
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29 Sep 2004 0672326728 978-0672326721 3

A new edition of this title is available, ISBN-10: 0672329166 ISBN-13: 9780672329166


We've taken the best and made it even better. The third edition of the best-selling PHP and MySQL Web Development has been updated to include material and code on MySQL 5, PHP 5 and on PHPs object model and validation. Through a clear, practical approach, you will learn to develop secure, dynamic websites by integrating and implementing the PHP scripting language and the MySQL database system. Real-world examples and working sample projects will give you a strong foundation on which to start building your own websites, complete with features such as SSL, shopping carts and payment systems. The accompanying CD includes the source code from each example in the book, the entire book in PDF format, and source code and binaries for PHP 5, MySQL 5 and Apache. Readers have called PHP and MySQL Web Development call it the best technical book they've ever read, but don't take their word for it. Find out for yourself!



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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 3 edition (29 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672326728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672326721
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 17.9 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Laura Thomson is a lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Information Technology at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a partner in the award-winning web development firm Tangled Web Design. Laura has previously worked for Telstra and the Boston Consulting Group. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Computer Science) degree and a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems Engineering) degree with honors, and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Adaptive Web Sites. In her spare time, she enjoys sleeping. Laura can be reached via email at

Luke Welling is a senior web developer at MySQL AB, the company behind the MySQL database. He has previously taught engineering and computer science at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and worked as a computer programmer for many years. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Computer Science) degree. In his spare time, he attempts to perfect his insomnia. Luke can be reached via email at

Both authors have attained the MySQL Core Certification offered by MySQL AB and the Zend Certified PHP Engineer offered by Zend Technologies Ltd.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way to learn PHP 11 Feb 2005
By "mgyth"
Thid book is the best way to learn php I have encountered. After spending over 100 on books, the one i ended up learning something from was this book. Covers everything from the basics to the more advanced aspects of php. Ony bad thing is that it assumes a bit to much that you have access to php 5. But if you don't you can just skip those parts of the book, for now.
A must have if you wanna learn php.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, so much useful code 17 Jun 2005
This is an extremely well written book, with an abundance of useful code that can be modified to suit all sorts of projects. I am new to PHP and MySQL and this book has served as an excellent introduction. It guides you through building all sorts of web based applications step by step and explains the code clearly. It has been the most useful and accessible computer book I have ever bought. I would have been lost without it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 23 Jan 2006
I've started my own web design company. This book really helped me when I decided I needed to learn php and mysql. Good for the beginner and still for those experienced with php. I still find it useful now. My advice is if you want to buy one book on this subject then this is the one.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant introduction! 17 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Brilliant introduction to PHP. Clear and consise examples and explanations, and pretty much covers everything you need to know in a simple and easy-to-learn manner. Includes useful practical projects.
Highly recommended!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. C. Oliff VINE VOICE
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"PHP and MySQL Web Development, 3rd Edition" is a a beast of a book, weighing in at a hefty 960 pages and covering everything from the very basics to database design & creation, web services, security and XML and beyond.

It's thoughtfully written, with many code examples and very well designed and explains everything you need to know in detail.

A fantastic learning aid and a great reference tool too. It includes a CD-ROM which contains all the code examples as well as a PDF of the entire book. It's sometimes useful to have the PDF open on the side of the screen and learn by editing and creating code in your favourite code editor at the same time.

Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in learning PHP.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 13 May 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very good introduction to PHP although it doesnt include some of the obvious basics you might want to use.

Note: It covers PHP 5 - and most hosting online is still running PHP 4 (as of June 06) - so you will have to adapt areas of your code quite considerably to run on the older version.

On the whole a good book with good example code - best used in tandom with online resources such as
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly reccomended primer 25 July 2007
The first thing to note about this book is it's fantastic readability.

I have an object-oriented development background and wanted a book to get me started in PHP and MySQL for a large scale web site I am developing. I picked a copy of this book off the shelf in a bookshop in Cornwall got on the train and by the time I arrived in Suffolk I had devoured the first 200 or so pages.

I have found it to be an exceptionally useful book, clearly explaining many aspects of web development and how to implement them using the powerful combo of PHP & MySQL. I have already recommended it to three other people, who having no previous experience in the subject matter are starting to create useful work.

I would say that to a complete newbie it might be a second book but once you have a basic knowledge and understanding of web development and object-oriented development then this book will catapult yo to the next level and beyond.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of detail and examples of code. Goes from the basics of PHP and MySQL to more advanced stuff. Thorough coverage.
Published 9 months ago by ROBIN EDWARDS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to php and MySQL
Great book and an easy read. Allows readers to get started with both php and MySQL programming. The book contains some useful examples showing how to deploy php and MySQL within a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. R. Felstead
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This book is very good and comes with a handy cd with a pdf document on for handy references on the computer or if you dont want to lug the book around (it is quite heavy). Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2009 by surreal illusions
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible - Hasn't Helped Me Once
I got this book a couple years ago as I needed to start making my static website more manageable with SQL and PHP. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2009 by MLA
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I bought this to learn from scratch PHP. It's an excellent book and has brillient examples. I had a working web site up and running within a week including security and... Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2008 by M. Bradshaw
2.0 out of 5 stars This may NOT be the PHP and MySQL you will need
I am using PHP and MySQL on one of tha UK's most popular ISPs and this book is just speaking a completely different language.
PHP and MySQLi should be the title. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2005 by Mr. R. Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this book first
it's simply a fantastic introduction to php & mysql
Published on 7 Feb 2005
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