PHP and MySQL for Beginners Paperback – 9 May 2014
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
Good presentation and examples.
I would recommend this book to anyone starting out with website development