64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Great stuff for newcomers to PHP,
By A Customer
This review is from: PHP and MySQL for Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) (Paperback)As a complete novice to the world of PHP and MySQL, I selected this book in the hope that it would provide an introduction to the subject that I could understand quickly, as well as providing me with enough information to begin coding the applications I needed to.
It didn't disappoint - I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who, like me, comes from a straight-up HTML coding background with no prior programming knowledge whatsoever. It provides a great introduction to both the SQL and PHP languages, and the real-world examples are very useful and straightforward.
Those who have prior coding experience of any kind would probably find it slow going and would be better off with a more advanced title - since reading this I purchased Greenspan and Bulger's 'MySQL/PHP Database Applications' which is a more in-depth and comprehensive affair but which may have overwhelmed me somewhat had I chosen it as my first book on the subject!
Anyway, as a measure of the book's success, within three weeks of receiving it I had successfully implemented a 'members only' fan club area of a website for a client based on the code examples supplied with the book, as well as creating an online competition application of my own from scratch.
There are a couple of errors in the code supplied, but spotting and correcting these is good practice! Otherwise I'm really hard-pressed to find any other criticisms - for the price it's got to be the best introduction to PHP out there.