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Practical PHP and MySQL Website Databases: A Simplified Approach [Paperback]

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11 Dec 2013 Practical

Practical PHP and MySQL Website Databases is a project-oriented book that demystifies building interactive, database-driven websites. The focus is on getting you up and running as quickly as possible. In the first two chapters you will set up your development and testing environment, and then build your first PHP and MySQL database-driven website. You will then increase its sophistication, security, and functionality throughout the course of the book. The PHP required is taught in context within each project so you can quickly learn how PHP integrates with MySQL to create powerful database-driven websites. 
Each project is fully illustrated, so you will see clearly what you are building as you create your own database-driven website. You will build a form for registering users, and then build an interface so that an administrator can view and administer the user database. You will create a message board for users and a method for emailing them. You will also learn the best practices for ensuring that your website databases are secure. Later chapters describe how to create a blog, a product catalog, and a simple e-commerce site. You will also discover how to migrate a database to a remote host. Because you are building the interactive pages yourself, you will know exactly how the MySQL and PHP work, and you will be able to add database interactivity to your own websites with ease. 

  • Shows you step-by-step how to build and test database-driven websites.
  • Demonstrates how to embed interactive elements into web pages.
  • Teaches you enough PHP to design your own interactive web pages. 
  • Describes how to make your databases as secure as possible.
  • Shows you how to migrate your site to a remote host.

What you’ll learn

  • Download and use a free development and test platform.
  • Create interactive database-driven websites.
  • Learn how to make website databases secure.
  • Create sophisticated projects, such as blogs and e-commerce sites.
  • Create user friendly and secure interfaces.
  • Migrate a site to a remote host.

Who this book is for

Practical PHP and MySQL Website Databases is for web developers who wish to begin designing database-driven websites. The book is an excellent choice for people who have HTML and CSS skills but would also like to learn MySQL and PHP. For readers who have little or no knowledge of PHP, the book will teach enough PHP to complete all the projects in the book. Web developers who are ready to move beyond the basics or who have not kept up-to-date with their MySQL and PHP knowledge will also benefit from Practical PHP and MySQL Website Databases. College and university I.T. teachers will find that Practical PHP and MySQL Website Databases is an excellent set text, the projects would form a basis for students to adapt for their course work. 

Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: APRESS (11 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430260769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430260769
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. 23 Feb 2014
By SeanJ
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I am an amateur web site builder, and I have started at least four books on PHP and MySQL in order to broaden my skills. I gave up on all of them about one third of the way through. One was so loaded with information (900 pages worth) that it was impossible. Another had exercises and files to download which did not relate to each other, and required that I keep renaming files. With another I just grew tired of the author telling me how smart he was.

Then I found this book. It is well written, aimed clearly at amateurs and beginners, and it is really practical. I have only covered the first two chapters, but by following the exercises in those two chapters I have already built two databases with tables, and entered lots of data. I am therefore beginning to understand how web based databases work.

Buy this book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 4 Mar 2014
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If you are interested in adding a membership database and registration form to your website, and have some knowledge of HTML and CSS, then this book will help you to achieve that aim.

I particularly liked the project oriented approach. Despite not having any prior knowledge of MySQL or PHP, I understood the projects because the author gives instructions on exactly what you need to know, at the time you need it.

The book is written in clear, easy-to-understand English and not `geek speak'. It was easy to follow the many worked examples because they are set up in a very systematic manner.

What is also helpful is when the author adds his own experiences of situations in which he encountered problems, and how he was able to solve them.

The `tips' `cautions' and `note' sections all help to make this book a really valuable resource.

Practical PHP and MySQL Website databases - A Simplified Approach, has given me an excellent understanding of what goes on behind the scenes of a database driven website.

What I like about this book is that I did not need to purchase any further software in order to put its lessons into practice.

I thoroughly recommend this book for web designers who are familiar with HTML and CSS who would like to add interactive pages and databases to their web sites.
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