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Don't hesitate - just buy it
on 14 January 2004
As a relative newcomer to PHP and MySQL (but with some experience in older programming languages) I started by purchasing separate, basic books on PHP and MySQL. Both were fine, but soon failed to take me far enough.
"PHP and MySQL Web Development" looked to be an excellent 'second stage' text book, and I have not been disappointed.
Worthy of particular mention, is that fact that this book is relatively formal: no jokes or rows of exclamation marks. Frankly I don't want a jokey atmosphere in a text book, so this feature gains the book at least one extra star just for being aimed at an adult audience.
The introductions to PHP and MySQL are excellent, as are the examples, and every few pages I found myself thinking "Now I can add that feature to my website" or "That answers a question that's been bugging me for a while". Even regular expressions now make sense.
Advanced users - a stage which I doubt I will ever reach - will need a book that takes them further, but this is the perfect book for intermediate-level users, and thus far I haven't found any part of the book which I would criticise.
Summary: A PHP and MySQL manual for grown-ups. Highly recommended.