PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites (Visual QuickProject Guides) Paperback – 21 Jun 2005
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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This was my bible for a recent Content Management System I was building.
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A well-written clearly laid out book, offering good examples and easy to understand layout.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Needed this booj for uni as was reccomended by tutor, good book, helped a lot with assignments and studying for examsPublished on 15 May 2014 by Miss A Lakhdar
This book has now been superseded by a later version, I think.
Absolutely superb book. I tried wading through several others before finding this one. Read more
This is an excellent starter for learning how to use PHP/ MySQL.
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This book does exactly what it says on the tin. There's no mucking about, no extra direction, and no fun. Read morePublished on 9 July 2008 by Mr. D. J. Hinton
I had some previous experience with IIS, ASP SQL Server, but I needed to up to speed with Apache, PHP and MySQL. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2007 by Annabel S
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