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  • Paperback: 814 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (1 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596006306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596006303
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 4.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Lynn Beighley is a fiction writer stuck in a technical book writer's body. Upon discovering that technical book writing actually paid real money, she learned to accept and enjoy it. After going back to school to get a Masters in Computer Science, she worked for the acronyms NRL and LANL. Then she discovered Flash, and wrote her first bestseller. A victim of bad timing, she moved to Silicon Valley just before the great crash. She spent several years working for Yahoo! and writing other books and training courses. Finally giving in to her creative writing bent, she moved to the New York area to get an MFA in Creative Writing. Her Head First-style thesis was delivered to a packed room of professors and fellow students. It was extremely well received, and she finished her degree, finished Head First SQL, and can't wait to begin her next book.

Lynn loves traveling, cooking, and making up elaborate background stories about complete strangers. She's a little scared of clowns.

Michael Morrison is a writer, developer, toy inventor, and author of a variety of books covering topics such as Java, Web scripting, game development, and mobile devices. Some of Michael's notable writing projects include JavaScript Bible, 6th Edition (Wiley, 2006),Teach Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours, 7th Edition (Sams Publishing, 2005), Beginning Mobile Phone Game Programming (Sams Publishing, 2004) and Java Unleashed (Sams Publishing, 1997). Michael is the intructor of several Web-based courses, including DigitalThink's Introduction to Java 2 series, JavaBeans for Programmers series, and Win32 Programming series (www.digitalthink.com).

In addition to his primary profession as a writer and technical consultant, Michael is the founder of Stalefish Labs (www.stalefishlabs.com), an entertainment company specializing in games, toys, and interactive media. When not glued to his computer, skateboarding, playing hockey, or watching movies with his wife, Masheed, Michael enjoys hanging out by his koi pond.


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Although, I am only halfway through the book (at the time of writing), I have been more than impressed with it. The skills the book has introduced to me are very practical, I have been able to apply them into my own work immediately. The book has not been afraid to repeat points, commands, etc - in fact that is one of the key concepts to the books way of teaching.

However, my one criticism for the book is the chapters are very long and I find it takes several hours to work through each one. For that reason it is more of a Sunday afternoon book and hence why I'm only halfway through it.

I would recommend this book to anyone that has read a few books on the subject of PHP MySQL as well as complete newbies, as it has consolidated what I already knew and introduced new ideas without being boring or insulting. In fact in many ways I wish I had read this book first.
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I've tried to learn PHP many times before using several sources, but this one was the only learn material that did succeed.

They use examples and a lot of humor to make PHP fun, it was money well worth it, however the book isn't perfect, sometimes they give you a task but no solutions, also there are a few minor coding errors, but the big plus of this book is the on-line forum community for the book is really good and every time I came across a code error/got stuck someone on the forum was able to help me. if you've tried everything to learn PHP, try this book.
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I already have the Head First Javascript book and like the quirky style of writing. However, for cost reasons and because I have far too many technical manuals in my house (they're taking over each room!) ... I decided to purchase the Kindle version for my v1 Kindle. Whilst I am enjoying most of the text (after clicking through all the "blowing their own trumpets" bit) the pictures are just annoying because I have to zoom in on every one and the wording is in a sort of handwriting which doesn't really transpose well on a Kindle.
However, that said, I am still working through it and loving the downloadable content available on-line. The working theme throughout the book is someone setting up a database to try and find their dog which was abducted by aliens. I think it's important to get with their way of thinking but it's a shame it gets a little American from time to time. That said, I would recommend this book to absolute beginners who know HTML and CSS and are ready for the next step.
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My son is doing a web design/coding/programming/development course at college and said that this book explains new methods to him very clearly, in plain English and so is easy to follow and progress. Although it seems quite expensive, this will be a reference book to refer back to.
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These Head first books are incredibly good value for money. They take the reader from an absolute beginner to a competent programmer in the time it takes to read the book. I heartily recommend it.
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Excellent for beginners. However it is not good for reference as it explains everything in terms of projects so if you want to loook up particular functions, chances are you will not be successful. You lear about arrays,, variables, sessions, cookies and so on, by doing excercises. There are brief explanations of these at the beginning but the methord the book uses is to teach you as you do.

This is the first book that enabled me to have a PHP scrpt that connects to a MySQL Database. I first used code from the book, then modified it to do other things and finally I could write my own code. For a beginner, I can't think of a better book than this one. You will be able to see the application growing. It has a large community of aspring programmers or O'reilly, so you can askl questions on the forums if you are stack.

It's a hilarious way of learning. You start with a problem then you solve it in stages and even the code is arranged that way. Along the way problems are introduced and solved. You get involved by typing code so you learn by doing. In this way you build up your knowledge adding concepts as you ascend. I can now create XML Feeds, after doing an excercise from this book.

After you know how to program, you will hate the book, and that may be the right time to pass it to your young sister or the local council library.

Conclusion: The best PHP book for beginners! It just can't be beat in that category, at least according to me!
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When I was trying to teach myself Java I tried a number of disappointing books before I eventually found "Head First Java", so when I needed to learn PhP and MySql I ordered the Head First book straight away. If you want to start with the classic 'Hello World' method, then forget this book. But if you want to start doing some real world programming from day one then this is the way to go. The book introduces concepts by building on the project you create in the previous chapter. Problems are identified, you have to think about why they exist and what you can do to overcome them. Then, low and behold, in the next chapter another aspect of PHP or MySQL is introduced so that you can improve and enhance your project. Another great part of the book is the Annex that explains how to download and install all the server and database software that you need. Ok, I admit that this book does not give you a deep theoretical understanding of PHP or MySQL, but there are plenty of academic books if that's what you want. However, provided you actually do the programming chapter by chapter, and build the projects (perhaps even create your own along the way) you will finish this book with enough skills to build a fairly complex interactive web site full of persistent data.
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