Teach Yourself PHP with MySQL Paperback – 26 Aug 2005
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About the Author
Nat McBride is an IT consultant and author who has created large-scale dynamic websites and database-driven applications for corporate and media clients.
Top Customer Reviews
Around the same time I also bought PHP & MySQL for Dummies, thinking that it would probably be better and more informative, especially based on my experience with other 'For Dummies' books. But after trying to get through that, I ended up coming back to this slim tome which managed to sum up a clear introduction to MySQL and PHP in 10 small pages, where the 'For Dummies' book had taken 20 large ones and had left me with more questions than answers.
This book takes a very practical and down to earth approach, walking you through each step, and explaining as it goes. I've found it to be clear, concise and easy to read - everything you want from a tutorial! The author knows how much information to give you, and how to quickly get it across without bogging you down. It does expect you to have some HTML knowledge, but beyond that it teaches you everything.
I was especially impressed with the step-by-step guide to installing PHP on your home computer, and the immediate examples it gave to help you understand how PHP works.
(The 'For Dummies' book on first tutorial skipped a LOT of information and assumed you knew important things, while hammering home uninteresting and obvious things instead. I felt like it was missing a chapter!Read more ›
Chapter 2 (installing PHP) and Chapter 9 (installing MySQL) although detailed, are now completely out of date and the installation process has changed enough to make these chapters almost useless. Therefore, do not rely on the book for details on how to install and configure -- rather, refer to the web sites mentioned in the chapters for notes on how to install the tools.
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I recommend this book to the beginners or those who want to learn PHP & MySQL for the first time.
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