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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 3 edition (16 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672326191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672326196
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 865,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Think of all the things you could do in 24 hours. Go sightseeing. Read a book. Learn PHP. Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours is a unique learning tool that is divided into 24 one-hour lessons over five sections. Starting with the basics, you will discover the fundamentals of PHP and how to apply that knowledge to create dynamic websites with forms, cookies and authentication functions. You will also find out how to access databases, as well as how to integrate system components, e-mail, LDAP, network sockets and more. A support website includes access to source code, PHP updates, errata and links to other relevant websites. Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours is a quick and easy way to learn how to create interactive websites for your end user.

About the Author

Matt Zandstra is a writer and consultant specializing in server programming. With his business partner, Max Guglielmino, he runs Corrosive (http://www.corrosive.co.uk), a technical agency that plans, designs and builds Internet applications. Matt is interested in all aspects of object-oriented programming and is currently exploring enterprise design patterns for PHP 5. When he is not reading, writing or thinking about coding in PHP and Java, Matt shoots alien invaders in the park with his four-year-old daughter Holly. He lives by the sea in Brighton, Great Britain, with his partner Louise McDougall and their children Holly and Jake.


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I have used a number of scripting languages so this gave me a head start with PHP. I was able to skim the first chapters and get into the really good stuff. This book moves at just the right pace but it is not as suited to the complete novice as you might expect. It often points to other books in the series that you might want to read first.
Basically if your HTML is good and you have a grounding in SQL you will find this book easy to get to grips with. In less than a week I had written a fully functioning bulletin board system using PHP and MySQL. Could have done with a CD though. That's my only serious criticism.
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This was a brilliant introduction to PHP for me. Coming from a technical background, I skim read the first dozen or so 'hours' and got stuck into the nitty gritty examples for form handling, session management and file-uploading etc.
However for me the best reason for buying this book was the fantastic last two chapters. These chapters cover setting up a complete web portal/community based site which allows users to login, modify their details/profile, add events to their pages and more. This was the basis on which I built a website and stood me in good stead for the job.
As a previous reviewer mentioned, the source code does not come with the book which means a lot of typing (the last two 'hours' took more like 8 hours to type up, and I don't type that slow either;\). On the contrary though, this can be good in that it forces you to debug your code as you go along, helping you understand better why errors occur when a script is executed.
All in all a definite recommendation for beginners (and even intermediate/advanced readers, if only for the example site in the last 2 hours).
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This book gives you a great starting point with PHP. It goes through all the major principles and once you have read it you will be able to design your own database enabled applications. The last two chapters go through how to set up a full application and this really helps to advance your knowledge.
Once you have read this you will have a beginner to intermediate knowledge of the language, from there you can either teach yourself furthur techniques or go on to a more advanced book.
Overall this is a great starting PHP book, it will take longer than 24 hours however.
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I've dabbled with a few server side technologies and used this books to introduce me to PHP. It served it's purpose, but it would have been a lot more useful had the examples been available on a CD or via download, the result was that I didn't do much practice and probably learned less as a result.
I was dissappointed that it only covered Unix installation... let's be honest how many developers have unix as opposed to windows at home?... I overcame this by installing PHPTriad which is an excellent way of getting PHP,Apache and MySQL onto a Windows machine (and it's free to download).
The book is also a bit weak on MySQL but I guess it doesn't sell itself on this..
Overall the book does what it set out to do, it's just a shame the authors didn't include source.
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