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PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites (Visual QuickProject Guides) Paperback – 21 Jun 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (21 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321336577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321336576
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.8 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Digital-media expert and database designer Larry Ullman is the author of the bestselling previous edition of this book: PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide, as well as PHP for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, PHP Advanced for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickPro Guide, and MySQL: Visual QuickStart Guide.


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The content will take you from zero knowledge of PHP and MySQL (even not having it installed!) to a point where you can feel confident approaching the development of a fully functioning dynamic website. The examples cover ecommerce, user registration and content management. There are consistent references to other sources and alternative functions which could be used. For me it took me from a very limited knowledge of PHP/MySQL (gained from a few days searching the web) to this point of confidence where I'm now designing my own ecommerce website. I would agree with another reviewer that a prior knowledge of HTML is important although I think you could scrape by without, you should learn HTML seperately before starting this book.

Well written: Books like this can have all the content in the world and still be useless. This book is by far one of the best 'textbooks' I've ever used. It is clear and concise without omitting any vital details. It covers useful material and refers to more detail. It is 'friendly' and doesn't assume much (if anything). Overall it reads easily and gets the point across very effectively.

Well Supported: The scripts (php and mysql) are all available on the author's website. This is useful to compare your practice and problem-solve if you get really stuck! One SQL script was not available but it affects one small example only and won't impact your progress. The author maintains a web forum on which you can ask questions. He seems to respond to them all (quite a feat!) and I got a reply to a question I asked within 24 hours. That's quite impressive!

If you are looking at a few books with a similar title as I did a few weeks ago, then I can fully recommend this book. I have devoured it - working full time 10 hours a day - in about 8 days. It has been a steep learning curve and I got to the end which wouldn't happen with every book of this sort.
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I bought this book as a complete beginner with no prior experience of languages other than HTML. The book is easy to read and explains concepts well. There are extensive examples which are shown as complete scripts as well as explained in narrative form alongside.

On purchasing the book I was slightly apprehensive that topics would be covered too quickly, but this was not the case at all. If anything, I found that once I had a good grasp of the basics I was able to skip over several of the examples.

As well as a walkthrough guide to the capabilities and functionality of PHP and MySQL, this book also includes two comprehensive examples of web applications. These could be used as 'off-the-shelf' applications for your own website if required with very little adaptation.

As mentioned in other reviews, the only criticism is that security concerns are not introduced from the outset, but are only addressed in a single chapter towards the end of the book. This is far from ideal as it requires you to revisit previous subjects, adjusting your code to make it more secure. That said, it could be argued that to present security concerns throughout could overcomplicate the earlier chapters, particulary those introducing difficult concepts for the first time.

Overall: Highly recommended although an intermediate-level knowledge of HTML is a prerequisite.
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I used the first edition of this book to help me with my A level coursework. It has great examples and is easy to digest. I cant see why some people have complained. Yes, some of the examples span multiple pages, but so do most (useful) PHP scripts. It is great value for money and perfect for the beginner.
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After looking to learn both PHP and MySQL to build a website I'd always dreamed of, this seemed to fit the picture. There isn't much else I can add from what else has already been written; the rate of information flow is good and doesn't swamp the reader, the examples are practical and become very useful and it's a great reference book.
The only concerns I have, again as mentioned, is security but most of that is common sense and will come to you as you design your first site after learning where security weak-spots are. I also found that the method of using self handling forms was ok up until a certain point when new methods had to be discovered for more complex pages. Setting up the PHP parser was a bit of a hassle also but that comes with each new release of the software.
Still I give it 5 stars because it is a superb book if you're a beginner, or even an intermediate in this area you'll find out something new.
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I'm a slow reader, but determined and I know what I want. I wanted to learn php and mysql. I followed this book from page 1 to 692 (more than most books) by Larry Ullman who is clear and direct but not in a manner which is too steep. Infact, you'll go from zero to hero in 3 months (yes, I told you I was slow) but like I said, if you want to learn php, this will show you the way.

Php is not easy no matter what people say. Its a programming language and will be as hard or easy as you make it. For some its harder than others, but you won't get a better guide than Larry, who answers almost all emails and has a forum of equally friendly and helpfull readers. This should be the first step for every budding php developer.

I should just mention, getting sql up and running with a cooperative server can be a real ordeal - It took me a week of reading a serious amount of things before I got it sorted. It's not the books fault, its the complexity of the situation. Don't be put off though, php is getting more exciting for me every day!
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