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  • Paperback: 518 pages
  • Publisher: LearnToProgram, Incorporated (9 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0990402010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0990402015
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,885,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Lassoff 's parents frequently claim that Mark was born to be a programmer. Starting, in the mid-eighties at age 11, Mark was hard at work on his Commodore 64 writing games in the BASIC language. Today, Mark is a publisher, top technical trainer and author, providing software, mobile and web development training Mark is a sought after video trainer, speaker and host. Mark has trained programmers at Fortune 500 companies and government agencies world-wide. Mark's clients have included Aflak, Discover Card Services, the US Department of Interior and Symantec. A recognized expert in front end web and mobile development, Mark continues to teach at conferences regularly. Mark Lassoff currently works as founder of LearnToProgram, Inc., a Connecticut-based company that publishes online courses that teach mobile, web, and game development. Over 100,000 people have learned programming from Mark through online and live classes and free tutorials. Loads of free tutorials and courses can be found at www.learntoprogram.tv. Mark’s twitter is @mlassoff.

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This book doesn't say whether its target audience is for beginners to programming in general, or those with experience of other platforms looking to expand their skillset with PHP and MySQL. I assume it is for the latter, because relatively little time is spent explaining basic programming concepts that are easily transferable from elsewhere. There is also a fair amount of terminology that is not explained in detail or included in the appendix, requiring anybody who doesn't understand it to carry out additional research. In addition, the book has no index and could also do with a chapter on issues they are likely to encounter when upsizing from a single person development system to a commercial web host.

In addition to minor spelling or grammatical mistakes throughout the book, many code samples don't follow through from code extracts through to the full listing and screenshots of results, which may confuse with exact variable names etc.
Additionally, a lot of the code outputs HTML that doesn't validate, which may give rise to XSS vulnerabilities in some circumstances. To top this off, chapter 9 on MySQL access should come with a major health warning - the code presented is vulnerable against SQL injection attacks, and is not suitable for production use. It makes sense to instil best practice right from the start with parameterised queries and fully valid HTML output, so I really don't know why they were not used here.

In short, this book a good starting point for those new to PHP and MySQL development but who have experience coding for other platforms. However, the caveats mean I can't recommend it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x973c9c60) out of 5 stars 59 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94ebf60c) out of 5 stars Many typos 17 May 2014
By Kevin Larsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Disclaimer: I received a PDF version of this book free so I could "beta-review" this book on Amazon.

I wanted to give this book 5 stars. At $10, it's 10x cheaper than the $99 video course. The version I received had many typos that require you to know how to fix them; Exactly what a "beginner" doesn't need. The first chapter was great, telling you how to set up a server and a great editor. The second chapter had terrible typos including -+ instead of -=, /br instead of br/, and so forth. Looking over your options, if you can deal with a lot of typos, this is the cheapest way to get a thorough grounding in PHP. Online video equivalents are $25/month or about $99 to buy outright. I think this definitely needs better editing, since it's a great value for $10. If you can afford a video course, you'd be better off, but if you want to save money this is it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94ebf660) out of 5 stars Great startup book. 15 May 2014
By Candace Neider - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The book is great for beginners. The first chapter walks you through the installation and set up of the recommended freeware. Then after a quick introduction to the software it gets you writing your first PHP script. From there the chapters build on one another in a logical and systematic way.

What I appreciate most about this book is the use of screen-caps that accompany the text. This helped to increase my understanding of the topic significantly.

All in all. Mark did a great job of providing an easy to follow, informative, beginners PHP/MySQL resource.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone new to web development or even programming as a whole as the book covers certain ideas that are fairly universal to all programming languages.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94ebfa98) out of 5 stars good but not great 3 July 2014
By nayan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I found lot of ambiguity and typos in the content, had to google to clarify the confusion.
Good presentation and examples.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94ebfa80) out of 5 stars Absolutely awful! 29 Jun. 2014
By A. NIX - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Absolutely awful! I have never read a book in my life with so many technical and typographical errors! It was like a room full of amateurs got together and wrote this book in shifts, as fast as they could, in one night, then self published it without even proof reading! Mark Lassoff does NOT do a good job here, and I don't feel as if I gained the knowledge and confidence I was hoping for from this book. I recommend one of Larry Ullman's series instead of wasting your time and money on this one! Or, you can find out the hard way like I did. Thanks for reading and good luck!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94ebfe4c) out of 5 stars Great Read !! Down to Earth, easy to understand ,Great Examples 13 May 2014
By Lawrence E Groves - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Mark has written one of the best PHP/MYSQL Beginner books I have seen. The content flows easily, but you could almost start anywhere. The progression is easy to follow with minimal jargon. The examples support the text and if you need help the answers are available.
I would recommend this book to anyone starting out with website development
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