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PHP & MySQL In Easy Steps [Paperback]

Mike McGrath
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Book Description

15 Aug 2012 1840785373 978-1840785371
PHP and MySQL in easy steps will teach the user to write PHP server-side scripts and how to make MySQL database queries. It has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to:
anyone who wants to begin producing data-driven web pages.
web developers wanting to add database interaction to their web sites.
the programmer who quickly wants to add PHP and MySQL to their skills set.
the hobbyist who wants to begin creating scripts for upload to their own ISP.
the student, and to those seeking a career in computing, who need a fundamental understanding of server-side programming with PHP and MySQL.
PHP & MySQL in easy steps demonstrates by example how to produce data-driven web pages using the powerful PHP scripting language and the popular free
MySQL database server. The book examples provide clear syntax-highlighted code showing how to selectively insert and extract data from databases for presentation on your web browser.
PHP & MySQL in easy steps begins by explaining how to install a free web server, the PHP interpreter, and MySQL database server, to create an environment in which you can produce your very own data-driven server-side web pages. You will learn how to write PHP server-side scripts and how to make MySQL database queries. Examples illustrate how to store and retrieve Session Data, how to provide a Message Board, and how to create an E-Commerce Shopping Cart.
This book assumes you have no previous experience of any programming or scripting language so is ideal for the newcomer to PHP and MySQL technologies.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: In Easy Steps Limited (15 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840785373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840785371
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 18.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mike McGrath is a successful established author of many titles in the popular "In Easy Steps" series of books on technology topics. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PHP & MySQL is now in Easy Steps 11 Mar 2013
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I've used this series before for basic Web Design, and loved it.
PHP & MySQL was just the next logical step from that. Being introduced to PHP through a module in University, I found the subject hard to grasp in the way we were being taught... Which was basically, here's a problem - fix it, with no real guidance or previous help.

Like other books in the series, you receive step by step instructions on what to do, and what the code you're writing does - and how it affects anything else as a whole.

Yes there are tutorials for PHP and MySQL out there, but not in such an easy to learn and well written style (well none that I've found anyway). With such a low price tag it's well worth the buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good starter for beginner 7 Oct 2012
By Asim
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This book is a good starting point for anyone who wants to learn PHP & MYSQL, it gives you step-by-step instructions on how to get everything set-up and it's even in colour. However, the negative point of this is that it does not talk about the full PHP language, it gives a small overview but not detailed enough it talks about loops, if statements, arrays, strings but does not go in to much detail. The MYSQL part has a lot of detail.

When your told to write some code it is nicely organized numbered down and in full colour, each step is easy to follow. (I guess that's why the call it easy-steps)

Towards the end you make a forum, user registration (encrypted) and a shopping site all data driven. So I would say it is the perfect book for beginners and even those who actually know PHP I know some PHP I learned over the years but this was a nice refresher with MYSQL. (I don't know MYSQL+PHP)

For the price it is a short (192 Pages) but good book. I finished it in 2 days.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Simply fantastic. I've been battling with learning PHP & MySQL for a while and tried several books and video courses that all seemed to make hard work of it. This book makes it very simple and I managed to get through the first 61 pages of the book in only a few hours and get to grips with things I've known vaguely for ages but not ever got a solid handle on.

I think one of the strengths of this book is that it explains what other books might consider too obvious to mention. Like the fact that a variable is created simply by stating its name.

My only criticism would be that sometimes it's hard to tell where there should or should not be spaces in the code. But I don't think that's enough to make me give it any less than 5 stars because it's still the best PHP book for absolute beginners that I've come across.

Will certainly be buying other books in this series to master the basics of other programming languages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 24 Jan 2014
By Pouya
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I have been wanting to learn PHP for a few years now, picking up random books here and there, signing up to online video course. But all of these would either bore me after a few hours or get too complicated and I would just give up. I received this book from Amazon this morning and have been working my way through it for a few hours. Im AMAZED, its so easy to follow and never gets complicated. It teaches you the basics in Full Colour, which makes it much easier to understand and fun to read.

If your a beginner looking to learn PHP i cant recommend this book enough. I promise you wont be disappointed. I wish I had found this author a few years ago. I'll definitely be picking up his Javascript and jQuery books next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners 28 Oct 2013
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I found this an excellent introduction to PHP and MySQL. The book takes you through everything in easy steps, with lots of exercises to try for yourself. I would recommend it highly to any PHP beginner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to the subject. 11 Oct 2013
By JohnnyR
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Found this a very useful book when I started getting into PHP. Good explanations and example applications. Still occasionally refer back to it even though have progressed a lot more into PHP. Enables the beginner PHP programmer to get up and running with some useful projects in a very short time. Would definitely recommend it to anybody starting out in the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars => What it says on the tin == this book 27 July 2014
I got this book today, I didn't know what to expect with the cheap price tag, but saw that the book had mostly good reviews. I am not at all disappointed! It does everything it says on the tin + more. I can see that people have given this book 1* saying that it's very complicated, but in my view this is PHP in it's simplest form. I have purchase many books on PHP and the majority of them use 100 words where 10 will do and this book for me has done that and may I say very well.

I also got his Javascript book, which I'm going to move onto once I've completed this one, at this rate that'll be next week at the latest. The only things you really need to know before getting this book are how to comfortably use a computer and how to write HTML, if you know CSS that's just a bonus.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of the series 8 Aug 2014
By Lucy
I have real trouble with this book. I've used other books by Mike McGrath in the past and been very impressed, and generally really like this series. But this one seems to have a good few errors and following the instructions step by step/word for word the examples only seem to half work - often things like the code works but also prints the php next to it or the browser reads parsing errors. Probably just errant speech marks etc, but if you're learning that can be eally problematic.
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Published 28 days ago by Peter Kurtosi
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR BEGINNERS
Not for beginners. I have HTML + CSS experience, I thought it was time to move-on up and learn dynamic development.

The title misleading, In Easy Steps?! heck yeah! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Too_Graphic
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book just a couple of '
Great book just a couple of ';' missing in code examples and the instaalations of php etc probably best done from WINLAMP if Windows environment. Read more
Published 2 months ago by michael williams
3.0 out of 5 stars good but...
Kinda hard to read for a beginner. I found stuff online was was easier to learn with. OPEN SOURCE FTW
Published 2 months ago by Marco
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic and easy to follow
Start from very basic and very clear instructions with explanations. The code spinets and outcome images kept me interested till the end.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to the title and takes you far.
Okay, no book this small can give you years of PHP programming experience but this little gem will take you a long way in bite-sized chunks. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Damian Griffiths
4.0 out of 5 stars PHP book
Easy to learn from series of books. For beginners, probably need some understanding of HTML and CSS before talking this book
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Colin Thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars What it says on the cover
I have been designing web pages with ASP and Access databases but never managed to get MySQL running. Read more
Published 14 months ago by RossM
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