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Frustrating, Dry and packed with Typo's,
This review is from: Learning PHP and MySQL (Paperback)
This book is hard work. It is poorly written and confusing. The organisation is good, but the style is explanatory rather than practical, with short examples that for a newcomer like me are very difficult to translate to practical code.
It is a dry textbook, introducing concepts without expanding on them, and packed full of confusing typos. There are even typos in the Installation section, meaning that if you follow the letter of this book you will never even get past Chapter 2.
Example: Having told you to copy a file called "php2apache2.dll" into C:/php, it then asks you edit a file called httpd.conf to "un-comment out" a line reading: "LoadModule php5_module C:/php/php5apache2.dll".
Firstly, the line doesn't exist in my file, so it should say "type this in", and secondly the two file names conflict!
If you are very savvy with windows .dll files and editing server config files in notepad, go ahead, but for all the html/css web designers looking for a quick way into php for database-driven websites - AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!