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quickstart by name and nature,
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This review is from: PHP for the World Wide Web (Visual QuickStart Guides) (Paperback)
I needed a PHP text to help me with an intensive 1 week ecommerce module on my MSc. The second edition is recently published and up to date. I found I could quickly work through the basics in a weekend as pre-course reading and from knowing nothing was able to build a working database backed site in a week with my student colleagues. It seems easy to find what you are looking for in the book and the images help you see what the output should look like. It is definitely a beginners book assuming no prior programming experience. The author has a website with (not too many) errata already and a forum that he does respond to. There does seem to be some needless steps repeated in every example script i.e. step 1 is always create your document, step 2 insert error handler. Just a shame one or two chapters from the author's other books could not have been included e.g. on ecommerce. However I was pleased with the book - it got me quickly up to speed, helped me on my course and serves as a useful reference.
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