on 15 February 2002
Isn't it a shame that this book sells less than some others I could mention?
It offers as much information as a book its size can, save for surgical manuals. The MySQL chapter is really good: probably all the average web-developer will ever need to know on the subject. PHP is covered less, but the reader is explicitly advised to refer to the on-line documentation, and quite rightfully so.
The applications, which constitute the main bulk and inherent purpose of the book are well chosen and presented in a logical manner, each one including a few new elements. The comments draw the readers' attention to what's to be learned from each chapter, rather than the application itself, although they are quite robust and inclusive in their scope, and can be modified to fit most users' needs. Most of the code is not even presented, though, as it's on the CD.
The writing gets a bit personal sometimes ("my idea was crap, Brad came up with the goods"), but never intrusively so. The authors' insistence on procedural code will not gain them any fans among amateur programmers. There are a few typos, but nothing to write to the publisher about.
The numerous appendices (PHP and MySQL language reference, resources and installation, regular expressions and more) help make this book a true desktop reference, and the CD is loaded with goodies, including installs for both major OSs that actually work.
Maybe not the best choice for the absolute beginner, but a helpful, convenient and honest book for all (reasonable) purposes.
on 24 February 2001
Although I haven't completed the book, the first half or so has been very useful. It tells you about the technology behind PHP and MySQL, alternatives before carefully going through in stages how to achive various tasks. The book shows common pitfalls and things to avoid and gives reasons. I've found it useful to expand my knowledge of PHP, and learn a lot more about MySQL and relational databases (of which I knew nothing before). As a beginner to MySQL the book has taken me though how they work, why they operate the way they do etc...
If you're going to be using MySQL with PHP, or are thinking about it, then this book will help immensly. I wouldn't recommend it if you don't already have some programming experience. You'll need that first, with some HTML. Overall, an outstanmding choice.
on 9 August 2001
Although I`ve come across a number of books that go into PHP and MYSQL in depth, for the tasks that I required I really needed something that would ease the task of writing systems using combinations of the two.
This book does this very very well. It has enough depth to give you a grounding in both PHP and MYSQL, however it`s example in using the two together are what makes this book.
Buy it if you`re developing using both, and require something that will take you through the basics of each and then onto bigger things.
A very good introduction.
on 19 March 2012
Unfortunatelly, the version of PHP whithin this book is 4.0. so, some code may contain syntax errors (for example, it contains some functions that don't exist anymore and/or might have been replaced by other recent ones in PHP 5). Nevertheless, it can be useful to understand the logic basics of PHP and MySQL.
on 3 May 2004
Well I purchased this book about a month ago to help me with my final year project. I've read a dozen or so similar titles and I would recommend you look elsewhere. This book is truly pathetic. Never in all my years of reading technical books have i come across such an obscure and down right stupid method of utilising the source for a book. rather than do what most publishers do and offer source that you can copy over and use, they have come up with their own 'special' way. Its just not good enough! There are plenty of other books to chose from. I recommend you do it.