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A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites
About the Author
Robin Nixon has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s (his first computer was a Tandy TRS 80 Model 1 with a massive 4KB of RAM!). One of the web sites he developed presented the world's first radio station licensed by the music copyright holders. In order to enable people to continue to surf while listening, Robin also developed the first known pop-up windows. He has also worked full time for one of Britain's main IT magazine publishers, where he held several roles including editorial, promotions, and cover disc editing.
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I've used the information held within to build dynamic database driven websites for work and for pleasure.
I already had a decent understanding of HTML, and a rudimentary understanding of programming constructs, but the material in this book has helped me take it to the next level. In that regard, the author has met his objectives but has also exceeded my expectations.
Each of the four advertised topics are covered in more than enough detail to help you pick up the basics, if not more. You're equipped with sufficient knowledge so that, if you 'get it', you'll be off to a flying start. You'll certainly have enough knowledge to produce a better than average personal website. Your level of knowledge will only improve with a second reading.
Examples of programming concepts such as conditional statements, flow control, operators, functions and object orientation are covered as is basic Ajax. There are some exercises, but I would have welcomed a few more.
I've had the dubious pleasure of reading lots if IT manuals in my time.Read more ›
I once tried to learn programming before but had a terrible tutor who put me off it for years! The author of this book would have made a much better teacher.
What I like about this book is that it has a clear and engaging style, the writer really takes the time to explain concepts using analogies and examples that just make sense.
It's well laid out and progresses nicely from one concept to the next building on what's come before.
I've seen plenty of books on technical subjects where it's a struggle to complete a paragraph without zoning out or losing the will to live.
This book isn't like that, I've been reading it in bed and able to learn stuff to try out the next day.
It walks you step by step though a lot of material, but once you try to expand on it and do something even slightly different, you'll need to google a lot.
This isn't a replacement for more advanced references. It does, however, have a lot of very useful tips for beginners, especially on security, so I'll give it an extra star just on that.
I think what I should have gotten instead is a PHP cookbook.
It covers things like database design & normalisation, database transactions, CSS3, DOM, object oriented PHP & JS.
So why haven't I given it 5 stars?
Because it should be teaching the MySLIi database interface - not the basic MySQL interface which still works but is considered out of date. I rewrote all the MySQL examples using object style MySQLi.
Considering that the latest version was published towards the end of 2012, the MySQL section really should have been updated.
But I'd still recommend it to beginners with that caveat - a good little reference book for learners to keep dipping back into.
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More of a 'beginner's reference and refresher' than a text book. Not enough practical exercises and a lot of the PHP syntax gets thrown at you page after page without any projects... Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. Powell
Thank you for this great book. It is very comprehensive and detailed book. I have recommended it to my friends.Published 19 months ago by Yinka
As some people may find, a little understanding (in some instances 45 minutes of You Tube Videos and systems set up) will go along way to digesting this book, though with the PHP... Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2014 by Kelvin Beukes
Loses one star because the free Zend server he relies on is no longer available. Or rather, you now have to register, then fill in a form (which expects you to be attending a... Read morePublished on 31 July 2014 by Chris Tolworthy
For years my questions about why I couldn't make my websites do what I wanted them to do for years had been answered. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2014 by Matthew
A very good book and although is quite hard to read because the content is quite demanding but I like it and mainly use it as referencePublished on 11 Dec. 2013 by Lukas
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