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Build Your Own Database Driven Web Site Using PHP & MySQL Paperback – 29 Jun 2009

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: SitePoint; 4 edition (29 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980576814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980576818
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kevin Yank is a world-renowned leader in web development. When not writing best sellers, Kevin is the Technical Director of sitepoint.com and editor of the popular SitePoint Tech Times newsletter.


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This is a well written book starting from the basics. Coming from a asp background i was able to skip some of the sections. The examples given were very good, the footnotes were useful as well. To start off with i thought it was a little too basic, but once i got into it i was pleased i read it all through. The appendix was useful and i learnt some new stuff about MySQL as well.

Overall it gives a good grounding to php, including some good security features, useful page caching tutorial and an easy to understand explanation of RegExp!

Now onto OOP..something this book does not cover.
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I had been approached by a couple of people asking me if I could program a website or two. Just some basic stuff with HTML and CSS, which I am pretty much able to do. One friend wants to get a property website up and running so I soon realised I had to do some learning... and fast!

I made a visit to a very good online forum and one member referred this book to me. I have been using both the online version as well as the book (bedtime reading, if you know what I mean!) and the way in which it is set out is easy to follow. You get an explaination of the theory, the code is introduced in small chunks and explained individually. Then you get the practical example of what you have been doing. This is a brilliant book to start out with but I also started following 'Teach Yourself MySQL In 21 Days', which I found online. This book is not quite as well set out but it does explain some of the database theory in a bit more detail in an easy to understand way. I found that having started with Kevin Yank's book then getting a slightly different slant on the subject matter with the other book it all started to fit into place when I went back to continue with Kevin's guide.

Having the online version is handy as you can cut and paste the code in. I learn best by doing, so I generally type it all out anyway. However, a couple of times I missed a colon or bracket out but couldn't fugure out where. I cut and pasted from the book (PDF) to compare and troubleshoot. If you start to understand the theory you can sometimes use the lazy way, right?!

A good book that is better than most others I have seen so far...
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I have lots of self learn books to do with IT. Since the 'Learn in x days' etc seem to have dissapeared I have been looking for a new favourite. The site point books are as close as I have got. Lots of books especially beginners books don't spend the time to establish you in subject's universe or have proprietary software. Either you end up not being able to actually get started or you become a Jedi but due to the proprietary software you can't escape the scope of the book. This book gives the learner two methods of establishing the start point. The detail also extends to explanations of when things are likely to go wrong and unlike other books I have still works with more modern versions of the software. The book also tries to teach you good practise from the start, directory structures etc.
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Once I got past all the installation instructions for PHP, MySQL & Apache, the book really helped me get started quickly. Found the language to be clear and the instructions easy to follow. Technical terms are well explained and even relative novices will fairly quickly be working with reasonably advanced concepts, for example, working with cookies. Would happily recommend this book for anyone who knows HTML/CSS and looking to get going with PHP.
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I am in the process of learning PHP and have also purchased PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide (Visual QuickPro Guides).

Both books are fantastic in their own right and both authors have different styles of coding.
For me, I prefered the other book (mentioned earlier), but that is not to say this book does not have it's own merits, as I have often picked up this book as a reference and it's home is firmly placed right next to me at all times.

The good thing about sitepoint books is that they will always be very well documented online, so if you come across any issues found within this book, you can be sure to find an answer after a quick search online.

A very worth while purchase. I am very happy with my copy. Personally, I just preferred PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide (Visual QuickPro Guides).
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I was looking for a book to hold my hand through the process of learning PHP and MYSQL and this book did just that. Kevin Yank's friendly and informative writing style perfectly fits this project based book which takes you through the basics of PHP and MYSQL while learning how to use them in a real world example.

By the end of the book you will be able to build a completely interactive web site complete with secure areas and a payment system.

Since this book was written some things have changed, but every piece of code is still valid. I would recommend that you buy a book on Javascript too.
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