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1.0 out of 5 stars Massively flawed installation makes getting to other material impossible, 14 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache All in One (Paperback)
I bought this book as a beginner to programming, as I'd found php tricky to install. Unfortunately, whilst using the CD to install apache and sql is very straightforward, there is a fundamental error in the php section.

The book recommends you don't use the installation version of php, but rather download the zip and manually install it yourself for which it gives complicated, but presumably achievable instructions.

Here's the problem - the CD for some reason contains ONLY the direct installation file, not the zip explained in the book. And now the zip explained in the book is no longer available to download online, and the newer versions don't fit the script alterations detailed in the book.

I spent, literally DAYS trying to locate the right zip, and mash to accompanying code into a best fit with new zip files, just to install the learning environment and get started. To make matters worse the instructions are very much aimed at those with experience of scripting and include basic typos (A lowercase C in the C: drive for example, which for a beginner is quite fundamental, and vague explanations like 'install it on your windows path - if you don't know how to do this look online")

Why the CD doesn't have the zip which the book states it will I have absolutely no idea, but to me it is a fundamental error not to allow beginners to set up their learning environment with any ease. If you've bought this book and experienced the same problems as me, you can, however install the whole lot (apache, sql, php) with a single click as a wamp file. Just google wamp server.
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