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Teach Yourself PHP with MySQL [Kindle Edition]

Nat McBride
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PHP with MySQL is a comprehensive introduction to this programming language. It focusses on the essential structures and techniques to get you up and running quickly and confidently. With a step-by-step approach, clear illustrations and sample code for practice, you'll learn how to download and install the PHP software, design and work with databases, embed PHP into HTML and convert code from ASP to PHP using free tools.
Nat McBride was an IT consultant and author who created large-scale dynamic websites and database-driven applications for corporate and media clients.

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Nat McBride is an IT consultant and author who has created large-scale dynamic websites and database-driven applications for corporate and media clients.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I picked this book up on an impulse, wanting to learn more about MySQL and PHP for a website project I have planned. Being new to computer books I bought one from this (apparently) lesser-known series, but I'm pleased to say that I've found it so far to be an extremely well-written and useful guide.

Around the same time I also bought PHP & MySQL for Dummies, thinking that it would probably be better and more informative, especially based on my experience with other 'For Dummies' books. But after trying to get through that, I ended up coming back to this slim tome which managed to sum up a clear introduction to MySQL and PHP in 10 small pages, where the 'For Dummies' book had taken 20 large ones and had left me with more questions than answers.

This book takes a very practical and down to earth approach, walking you through each step, and explaining as it goes. I've found it to be clear, concise and easy to read - everything you want from a tutorial! The author knows how much information to give you, and how to quickly get it across without bogging you down. It does expect you to have some HTML knowledge, but beyond that it teaches you everything.

I was especially impressed with the step-by-step guide to installing PHP on your home computer, and the immediate examples it gave to help you understand how PHP works.

(The 'For Dummies' book on first tutorial skipped a LOT of information and assumed you knew important things, while hammering home uninteresting and obvious things instead. I felt like it was missing a chapter!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable beginners book 25 Sept. 2007
Format:Paperback
The book is a good introduction to both PHP and MySQL, starting at the very basic level and working the reader up with some comfort, towards a solid understanding of the techniques required to develop your skills further. Note that a basic understanding of HTML is assumed.

Chapter 2 (installing PHP) and Chapter 9 (installing MySQL) although detailed, are now completely out of date and the installation process has changed enough to make these chapters almost useless. Therefore, do not rely on the book for details on how to install and configure -- rather, refer to the web sites mentioned in the chapters for notes on how to install the tools.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Start PHP & MySQL with this book! 9 May 2010
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Teach Yourself PHP With MySQL is a great book for those who want to start web application programming. It is easy to ready with many examples and useful scripts to build your first dynamic website. The author's approach is systematic, and you will learn how to install Apache server and MySQL server toward actual coding.

I recommend this book to the beginners or those who want to learn PHP & MySQL for the first time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Book was published in 2005 19 Jan. 2012
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The Kindle date is 2011 but it is the same book that was published in 2005. I was a little disappointed, because this is 2012 and I don't want to read a 7 year old book to learn a programming language.
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