Head First PHP & MySQL Paperback – 1 Jan 2009
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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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good introduction to PHP / MySQL. But the style isn't suited to kindle because the graphics and screenshots of the code make it difficult and touring to read. Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2013 by David Robins
This is a must have for everyone who are initiating in MySQL an PHP. This book doesn't replace a good reference book beacause it doesn't cover every MySQL and PHP aspect, but for... Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2013 by Cláudio Franco
When I came across the reviews for this book, I was optimistic it would help me through my A Level PHP and MySQL programming project. Read morePublished on 15 April 2012 by SillyBilly
An alround great book, introduces the language in a way thats fun and interesting.
Keeps you wanting to turn the next page as opposed to books that talk about boring math... Read more
This is a great reference for beginners and those at an intermediate level. I truly wish my teachers at school had been as thorough and tongue-in-cheek serious at the same... Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2011 by Sarah Edwards
If you sit down and read this book without working through the practical exercises at a computer, it provides a slow but easily understood introduction to the key concepts and... Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2011 by jonners88
This is the second book I have purchased from the Head First series and I would recommend them to any budding web designer. Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2010 by Amazon Customer
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