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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag GmbH; Revised, Update edition (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430232498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430232490
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

David Powers is an Adobe Community Expert for Dreamweaver and author of a series of highly successful books on PHP, including PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy and Foundation PHP for Dreamweaver 8. As a professional writer, he has been involved in electronic media for more than 30 years, first with BBC radio and television and more recently with the Internet. His clear writing style is valued not only in the English-speaking world; several of his books have been translated into Spanish and Polish. What started as a mild interest in computing was transformed almost overnight into a passion, when David was posted to Japan in 1987 as BBC correspondent in Tokyo. With no corporate IT department just down the hallway, he was forced to learn how to fix everything himself. When not tinkering with the innards of his computer, he was reporting for BBC television and radio on the rise and collapse of the Japanese bubble economy. Since leaving the BBC to work independently, he has built up an online bilingual database of economic and political analysis for Japanese clients of an international consultancy. When not pounding the keyboard writing books or dreaming of new ways of using PHP and other programming languages, David enjoys nothing better than visiting his favorite sushi restaurant. He has also translated several plays from Japanese.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CharlesA on 27 Aug. 2012
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It is because of that that I feel compelled to write a review in gratitude to David Powers' excellent book on PHP. I've been a programmer for many years starting as an MS Office user then programmer and graduating all the way to SQL server and .Net first VB.net then C#. Fed up with the Microsoft commercially-driven treadmill of enormous upgrades every 18 months, I googled 'best language to learn the web' and happened onto a list that had PHP at the top and various others after such as Ruby, Perl, Python, MS's ASP.net etc.. after much research, I got the overwhelming impression that LAMP (linux/apache/mysql/php) was the way to go, all open source and rather delightfully all free!

I then followed up with an extensive trawl through Amazon to find books with good ratings and I finally decided to go with this book (that I'm reviewing). I spent an entire week reading it from cover to cover and typing all the code, and all the html into Notepad++ (also free, but not a proper IDE), and I must say that I was hugely impressed with the depth of the examples.

The whole book consists of an accumulating tutorial in building a fictitious site around visiting Japan and setting up a site to blog about it. The site's front page is called Japan Journey and it has a screen to view the blog and - in an 'admin' section that you create step by step - a way to add blog entries, edit them, delete them and to even upload pictures. In other words all the skills you need to properly combine your web page(s) with the most useful ways of making html/php and mysql interact.
I am a big fan of tutorial books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dougydoe on 20 May 2011
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I've bought one or two books about PHP and though they've been good books, this one tops them all. I think the idea of covering most of the key topics that a PHP application would have was brilliant. But the most impressive part of the book is the writers ability to explain technical concepts in a language that a novice programmer can understand. I must stressed that someone without any prgramming knowledge at all may struggle to cope with the topics. But if you daring enough, you can still benefit greatly from this.

However, with a basic understanding of programming concepts and some knowledge of HTML, this book, in my opinion, is the best place to start learing about PHP. Great book and excellent presentation. Will definately recommend this to anyone...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gustav de Damme on 28 Dec. 2012
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I just want to show some respect to David Powers for putting out such a brilliant book. I mean, there are books and there are books, this one is from a no-nonsense writer who immediately comes across to you, upon reading the first few chapters, to be a writer who is seriously out to teach you something, and not just to get you to buy another book. I do not know about any other reader's preferences out there, but i know that learning by practice has to be the best way for any body to learn-especially when you are talking of something as technical as programming. You cannot effectively learn it by just reading theory as i found many other books on the subject do. I had read a few other books on PHP-and trust me, I'm talking about passionate perusing from cover to cover; but was left with little clue as to practically building an application. I ended up with a solid grounding in the theory, in other words, the PHP syntax and bits and bolts of how the language is written, but not how to logically think, and put it together to achieve the practical things you see on standard web applications on a daily basis, if you understand what i mean. This book cut it out for me, i did the same, studied it from cover to cover, and not just reading, but book and computer keyboard on the side, testing out all the code and slugging on with it for weeks and weeks, till i had successfully tried out all the example-application codes on my local MAMP server. While on it, i would consult other sources and investigate why this or that function was used in that situation, and what exactly it does etc, then i only progressed if i was sure i hadn't just copied code, but i had understood how and why it was done as to be able to logically do it myself if i was ever presented with the same problem.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By trailofdan on 14 July 2011
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If, like me you're more of a visual/design person when it comes to creating websites then delving into a programing language like php is a scary place. Thankfully this book starts at the beginning and guides you through all the different areas of php (chapter 3 being a very useful overview of all the php jargon you'll encounter).
I've been trying to get my head around php on and off for a good 18 months now but php solutions-dynamic web design made easy is easily the most user friendly resource I've come across so far (and I've been using other books and watching videos on php). Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 April 2012
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In common with all David Powers books, this one gives clear information and splendid examples of code to achieve secure website designs. Starting with a brief introduction to PHP, it explains how to set up your PHP work station, and moves on to describe includes, forms, managing files and working with MySQL. There is info on creating login pages and on line galleries, managing multipe tables, formating dates (one of my major problems) and authenticating users with a database. In between, there are lots of other tips and hints that make this book invaluable. The style and presentation is very easy to follow, and there is also available on line the complete code for the example pages that can be downloaded to save you a lot of typing as you go along.
It is not a book for beginners, and some knowledge of PHP, CSS and MySQL would be useful for you to get the best from it. However, I would suggest that it is one to have at your side whilst developing database driven sites.
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