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Start programming PHP and make your Web site interactive

Discover arrays of variables, start writing scripts, and get object oriented

The script calls for an interactive Web site where do you start? Right here, with a fast and friendly way to get the hang of PHP 5 programming! You’ll also discover all the other cool things you can do with PHP, like managing files, interacting with databases, using system commands, and more.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear–out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

About the Author

Janet Valade is the author of PHP & MySQL For Dummies. In addition, she has authored and revised chapters for several Linux books and for a Webmaster certification book.
Janet Valade has 20 years experience in the computing field. She worked as a Web designer/programmer for an engineering firm. Prior to that, Janet worked for several years in a university environment as a systems analyst. During her tenure, she supervised the installation and operation of computing resources, designed and developed a data archive, provided technical support for faculty and students, wrote numerous technical papers, and developed and presented seminars and workshops on a variety of technology topics.


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Format: Paperback
Very easy to read, everything clearly explained in every little detail. But there are some errors that are unacceptable in a book about programming. For example page 81:
"(about double and single quotes) The following two statements are the same:
$string = _Hello World!_;
$string = _Hello World!_;"

This should have been:
$string = 'Hello World!';
$string = "Hello World!";

They could have asked someone to test read the book before actually printing it. Also, this print isn't the first print so I wonder after how many prints a book from the "for dummies" series can be considered free or errors.
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Not for beginners, as 'Dummies' books surely should be, even though it said a working knowledge of HTML was required.
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Great book, highly recommended.
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HASH(0x97276144) out of 5 stars Yes, the author reads the reviews. 15 Aug. 2005
By Janet Valade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Yes, the author reads the reviews here. That's me. The error in which a few quotes were replaced with underscores occurred during the publishing process, after I was finished with the book. I didn't know about the errors until I saw the earlier review here. However, there is no way to fix it. If the book is reprinted or a second edition is released, I can fix the errors, but not until then. I wish I could. I apologize to any who were confused by this problem.

There are 8 quotes replaced with underscores on 4 lines in Chapter 3, 2 quotes replaced with underscores on 1 line in Chapter 4, and 20 quotes replaced with underscores on 8 lines in Chapter 5. I have a list of the errors and corrections on my web site at janet.valade.com/php5errors.html.
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HASH(0x97435d74) out of 5 stars There are better choices out there 29 Jan. 2007
By M. Strong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I only give this two stars because there are a few snippets of code that are worth absorbing. However this book has enough errors to make the subject matter confusing. I've used quite a few "Dummies" books as intros to a variety of subjects in my 20 years of programming. They have for the most part been quite helpful.

I always expect some errors from books dealing with technical material, but the errors here are of a nature so as to cause confusion, especially to those new to PHP.

My bottom line recommendation is not to use this book if you are new to programming or to PHP. You'll spend more time than warranted separating the wheat from the chaff. There are much better intros to be had. Try Sam's "PHP, MySQL and Apache" or Sitepoint's "Object Oriented PHP Solutions". Both are accurate, easy to understand, and have code samples that are easy to get to.
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HASH(0x975c2d14) out of 5 stars Just Getting Started 25 Jun. 2004
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I like the Dummies books.
OK, so I'm not sophisticated, professional, or even very smart. But so many computer books seem to forget the first twenty pages that explain just what the hell you are trying to do. Perhaps the Dummies books take 40 pages to explain what could have been donw in 20, but that's not a problem. I can read fast.
It has often happened that I first read a Dummies book and then once I'm deep into doing something with that language I need to go get a more complete Bible type book. I haven't gotten far enough into PHP yet to know if this is true, but in moving a web site over to Unix (BSD), Postgre, Apache, and PHP; I don't have the time to read a Bible on each one of these. This book, along with some other Dummies books is getting me started a lot faster than I thought possible.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x973f087c) out of 5 stars Editor must have been on vacation!!! 14 Aug. 2005
By Larry R. Noles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although I am learning a lot from this book, I am frustrated by the number of typo's. I finally figured out that when you see an underscore, it might really be a single or double quote...

Now, I need to go back and make sure if an underscore ever really means underscore...

Does the author of these books ever read these reviews???
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x976cf00c) out of 5 stars Numerous errors in the book and it starts out confusing 29 July 2004
By Adam Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I got the book today and found it uses some weird syntax. For example the author uses echo_ instead of echo, etc. This happens numerous times in the book.

I also wouldn't call this book for people who have no knowledge of php. This does not introduce the basic concepts of the language well like for example the tags in php. All the author says is thats how scripts start. Other books gave me paragraphs why they have those tags. This book though is good for a beginner but has had some experience with the language.
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