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4.0 out of 5 stars Use in conjunction with others, 1 Jun. 2011
This review is from: PHP and MySQL Web Development (Developer's Library) (Paperback)
I have finally managed to make it through the first 2 chapters. What i learnt in those first 2 chapters covered up to 120-130 pages of the the Sams PHP, MySql and Apache book. I have found the book to be a little challenging in those 2 chapters and have decided to step down a notch to Larry Ullman's PHP 6 and MySql 5 book. The problem i found was that some of the syntax used was not clearly explained so i was sat there thinking why is that there, then continually referring to websites to understand why.

An example of this is in this example code.

echo "<tr>
<td align=\"right\">".$distance."</td>
<td align=\"right\">".($distance/10)."</td>
</tr>\n";

There is no explanation why the backslash is used, but after reading Larry's book, which this is covered on page 6, i now know it's an escape.

On a positive note this book's examples are really useful and once i have learnt the basics a bit more i will be returning to the book to further advance my knowledge and use the examples in my project sites.

My advice is try a simpler book first if your are new to PHP and use this book to build upon that knowledge.
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Initial post: 17 Nov 2013 11:29:58 GMT
J Hoolin says:
Can you please recommend a good java book? I am going to study computer science next year but don't have any programming experience.
I have been eyeing the "Learning Java 2013 edition" Learning Java because it's fairly new. What do you think?

Also for php, MySQL which do you think is the better book between these two?
PHP and MySQL Web Development (Developer's Library)
or
Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites

Thanks

Posted on 26 Feb 2014 15:50:12 GMT
Bit precious putting escape characters before explaining the use of them while the combination of nested double quotes and single quotes neatly side-steps the escape issue until it's necessary to explain it in more detail (such as escaping input for database insertion). I have this book and it is good, but quirky.
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