PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual Paperback – 30 Nov 2012
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About the Author
Brett McLaughlin is a bestselling and award-winning non-fiction author. His books on computer programming, home theater, and analysis and design have sold in excess of 100,000 copies. He has been writing, editing, and producing technical books for nearly a decade, and is as comfortable in front of a word processor as he is behind a guitar, chasing his two sons and his daughter around the house, or laughing at reruns of Arrested Development with his wife.
Brett spends most of his time these days on cognitive theory, codifying and expanding on the learning principles that shaped the Head First series into a bestselling phenomenon. He's curious about how humans best learn, why Star Wars was so formulaic and still so successful, and is adamant that a good video game is the most effective learning paradigm we have.
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This book suffers from poor quality control. It shouldn't have been released with this many errors. Even the files available for download have errors in them. For example, I had to correct the link to the images in the phpMM.css file for chapter nine.
I am not a novice computer user so imagine how people who are novice users or aspiring PHP coders feel when they can't get something from the book to work correctly.
Buyer beware! Buy this book only if enjoy frustration.
I wouldn't say this book could server as a primer to PHP/MySQL newbies, but for those who may have read one or more other books on the topic and still feel that there are loose ends or dots that need to be connected, this is an excellent publication.
While some may question the approach of showing how something shouldn't be done before revealing how it should be done, I find this natural for programming. One often explores many paths before deciding on the best solution; working through that thought process is critical to art of programming.
Whereas other tutorial-style books often tend to glaze over supplementary but highly relevant related information, here the author uses callout boxes to shed light on these areas and help the reader understand the larger picture.
The code that accompanies the book can be downloaded from the Missing Manuals website, and is as error-free as I've come across in programming titles. Furthermore, the code is immediately useful in your own projects and is easily adaptable.
My sole issue with the book is that the author spends perhaps a bit too long dwelling on error pages and their necessity, perhaps a lengthy discussion of this topic is more appropriate for a UI or UX book. But that is a minor quibble, as overall this is the best title I've read so far for PHP/MySQL. Well done!