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Comprehensive, comprehensible and straight to the point. If you're lost, it'll tell you where to go to catch up.
on 13 April 2016
I have given this book four stars, only because I have yet to read it all the way through and can't say for sure if it's worth five or not.
I am relatively new to web development, having only been learning for about 6 months (including HTML and CSS). And the only other PHP and MySQL book I have read is 'PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites', which is by the same author.
I was unsure if the jump from 'beginner/intermediate' to 'intermediate/advanced' would be too hard, but this book follows along perfectly from the last,
almost as if Larry intended it to be so.
It starts off with no coding at all, just two chapters of security and general concepts, then it's right back to the code writing.
I like that it doesn't hold your hand too much, it requires that you understand what you are doing, not just mindlessly copying. But at the same time it's not hard to understand, everything is explained in good detail and I really feel like I could create an online store from scratch after finishing this.
If there's one thing I wish this book had, it would be the 'Review/Pursue' sections at the end of each chapter, that's one thing I miss from the other book.