- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: In Easy Steps Limited (15 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840785373
- ISBN-13: 978-1840785371
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 18.4 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
PHP & MySQL In Easy Steps Paperback – 15 Aug 2012
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About the Author
Mike McGrath now lives in South-east Europe, on the sun-kissed shores of the Aegean Sea. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.
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PHP & MySQL was just the next logical step from that. Being introduced to PHP through a module in University, I found the subject hard to grasp in the way we were being taught... Which was basically, here's a problem - fix it, with no real guidance or previous help.
Like other books in the series, you receive step by step instructions on what to do, and what the code you're writing does - and how it affects anything else as a whole.
Yes there are tutorials for PHP and MySQL out there, but not in such an easy to learn and well written style (well none that I've found anyway). With such a low price tag it's well worth the buy.
When your told to write some code it is nicely organized numbered down and in full colour, each step is easy to follow. (I guess that's why the call it easy-steps)
Towards the end you make a forum, user registration (encrypted) and a shopping site all data driven. So I would say it is the perfect book for beginners and even those who actually know PHP I know some PHP I learned over the years but this was a nice refresher with MYSQL. (I don't know MYSQL+PHP)
For the price it is a short (192 Pages) but good book. I finished it in 2 days.
This book was just what I needed to get started and will be a handy reference to the syntax of PHP.
I think one of the strengths of this book is that it explains what other books might consider too obvious to mention. Like the fact that a variable is created simply by stating its name.
My only criticism would be that sometimes it's hard to tell where there should or should not be spaces in the code. But I don't think that's enough to make me give it any less than 5 stars because it's still the best PHP book for absolute beginners that I've come across.
Will certainly be buying other books in this series to master the basics of other programming languages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mike McGrath has authored a number of "in easysteps" books. This one has just the right amount of detail to get started on your own project.Published 3 months ago by C. J. Ward
good as an initial read only, but does not have enough detail for bigger projectsPublished 6 months ago by little legs
Great! very high quality book. Covers all the important topics and presented very clearly.Published 6 months ago by Rikardo
Do not purchase if you use a Mac as the writers have no interest in supporting you. It is early days on the rest of the book, but installation of systems on my Mac Air to allow me... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gregory
I did web programming in ASP years ago and wanted to get into php and mySQL.
This is an excellent introduction that has a great layout and colouring to make it so easy... Read more