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  • Paperback: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. 2006. Corr. 3rd printing 2007 edition (28 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590597311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590597316
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I specialize in writing about web design using Dreamweaver, PHP, and CSS. PHP is the most popular server-side language that brings life to websites by communicating with external data sources, such as databases, news feeds, and XML documents. Adobe has recognized my expertise in web development by appointing me an Adobe Community Professional (ACP) for Dreamweaver. You'll often find me giving help in the Dreamweaver forums and Dreamweaver Community Help.

Before turning my hand to writing about web design, I spent nearly 30 years as a BBC radio and TV journalist, working both in front of the microphone/camera and behind the scenes. That gave me a wealth of experience in explaining sometimes difficult concepts in straightforward, easy to understand language - experience which shows through in my books.

I spent a large part of my broadcasting career in Japan, first on loan from the BBC to NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, and later as BBC correspondent. I have traveled all over Japan, and love taking photos, many of which end up being used in my books. Over the years, I have worked closely with the Shiki Theatrical Company, Japan's leading producer of musicals; and have translated several of their plays into English.

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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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By carrierpigeon on 8 Dec 2006
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This book was exactly what I was waiting for. An introduction to PHP for the designer with instantly applicable examples. Even as I worked through the chapters I was able to use my new found powers in real life projects.

That's the most important aspect of a book like this; that you can see the results immediately and are buoyed along by small successes, rather than getting bogged down in massive amounts of theory and code before you can do anything practical.

I would recommend this book to any web designers who are comfortable with XHTML and CSS, but are daunted by the server-side side of things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Wightman on 17 Oct 2008
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This was one of a couple of PHP books that I bought at the same time. This one is getting dog-eared, the other is gathering dust. The book's main aim is to take the reader from beginner to being able to develop a database driven website.

The chosen project - an on-line photo gallery - happened to be sufficiently close to what I was looking to develop myself, so learning and code to copy/modify in one.

By and large the book achieves its aims but misses one or two tricks along the way. The first is security - this is mentioned in one of the final chapters but it would have been better if some simple techniques such as input filtering had been introduced early on along with the reasoning behind them.

Tying PHP to MySQL is the theme of the second part of the book and three approaches are used: the original MySQL extension; MySQLi and PDO. This leads to the second missed opportunity. The code for all three approaches is directly embedded in the HTML, it would have been nice to see an API developed to hide the actual implementation in use. The author's follow on book "PHP: OOP Solutions" does move the code into wrapper functions which effectively abstracts the underlying data model from the presentation.

Despite the above reservations, this book is well worth getting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc Rigot on 12 Feb 2008
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I bought this book in December 2006. I bought other books in Php. However, none of them were as good as Php solutions. I agree with the previous comments that is not a bed time book but more an exercise book with very good and useful tutorials. In addition, a good understanding in HTML is expected from the start as stated in the introduction. Most of the tutorials were incoporated into the two websites that I maintained. I still use this book when I got stuck for example when I created an intention to rejoin online form for a sailing club.
One fundamental good point of this book is that the examples are written on classic and advanced PHP. Not all the hosts allow advanced PHP when dealing with database.
I have not given full mark because, although one of the best, it is not perfect. There are a few typos although the amendum are online and are minor. The tutorials synthax could also be improved.
Saying all that, I strongly recommend this book.
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What a great book, after reading many different books on PHP i never felt confident enough to think for myself. That was until i read this book, each chapter is split up into manageable chucks where you can really apply what you are reading into your own website design. The author users a sample site with a little css and html and applies php to this so you can really see the impact of what is going on. With other books they shown you the php but i found it difficult to apply this to the design of my a site. This books incorporates all three, the php and a little css and html(although a you need to understand html and css as it does not explain these just gives you the code)

Even if you dont fully understand an exercise you can still complete it by following the code to see the outcome. And when i needed that particularly function on my own site after reading over it again it made perfect sense.

After reading this book i am now well on my way to developing a dynamic website with a CMS, i just want to say a big thank you to the author for making this possible.

The only thing that i would want different in this book is more of it as every chapter taught me some really useful PHP.
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I work with php and mysql every day and i find this book completely invaluable. It is very well written and easy to read and includes lots and lots of useful information and best pratice issues.
As well as lots and lots of secure and useful code, it incorporates enough information for you to be able to create complex and simple web applications without breaking into a sweat. I highly reccommend this book to anyone wanting to learn how to write dynamic web applications, i have hundreds of these books, and this is by far my favourite.
Once you have mastered the concepts in this book, you may need something more techinical and in depth, but for beginners and those with some skill this book will not dissappoint.
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By Christophe on 4 Jan 2010
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This book takes you through the first steps of programming like it is nothing. I have read some books of PHP and MySQL and PHP Solutions is by far the best book. Easy to read/understand! 5 stars and an award for David Powers!

Also this book has a good binding and stays open by itself. It is pretty frustrating when a book doesn't stay open by itself when reading, or typing code.

I just ordered his second book about OOP!

Christophe
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