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Beginning PHP and MySQL: From Novice to Professional, Fourth Edition [Paperback]

W. Jason Gilmore

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Sept. 24 2010 1430231149 978-1430231141 4

Beginning PHP and MySQL: From Novice to Professional, Fourth Edition is a major update of W. Jason Gilmore’s authoritative book on PHP and MySQL. The fourth edition includes complete coverage of PHP 5.3 features, including namespacing, an update of AMP stack installation and configuration, updates to Zend Framework, coverage of MySQL Workbench, and much more.

You’ll not only receive extensive introductions to the core features of PHP, MySQL, and related tools, but you’ll also learn how to effectively integrate them in order to build robust data-driven applications. Gilmore has seven years of experience working with these technologies, and he has packed this book with practical examples and insight into the real-world challenges faced by developers. Accordingly, you will repeatedly return to this book as both a valuable instructional tool and reference guide.

What you’ll learn

  • How to install and configure Apache, PHP 5.3, and MySQL
  • PHP and object-oriented programming basics
  • New PHP 5.3 features and how to use them
  • How to move beyond basic PHP, including using the Zend Framework
  • How to use MySQL to securely store your website's data
  • How to use MySQL Workbench to manage your database

Who this book is for

Developers who want to harness PHP and MySQL to create powerful web applications

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing PHP
  2. Configuring Your Environment
  3. PHP Basics
  4. Functions
  5. Arrays
  6. Object-Oriented PHP
  7. Advanced OOP Features
  8. Error and Exception Handling
  9. Strings and Regular Expressions
  10. Working with the File and Operating System
  11. PEAR
  12. Date and Time
  13. Forms
  14. Authenticating Your Users
  15. Handling File Uploads
  16. Networking
  17. PHP and LDAP
  18. Session Handlers
  19. Templating with Smarty
  20. Web Services
  21. Secure PHP Programming
  22. SQLite
  23. Building Web Sites for the World
  24. MVC and the Zend Framework
  25. Introducing MySQL
  26. Installing and Configuring MySQL
  27. The Many MySQL Clients
  28. MySQL Storage Engines and Datatypes
  29. Securing MySQL
  30. Using PHP with MySQL
  31. Introducing PDO
  32. Stored Routines
  33. MySQL Triggers
  34. MySQL Views
  35. Practical Database Queries
  36. Indexes and Searching
  37. Transactions
  38. Importing and Exporting Data

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About the Author

W. Jason Gilmoreis a web developer and business consultant with more than 15 years of experience helping companies large and small build amazing software solutions. He has been teaching developers from around the world about web development for over a decade, having written six books, including the bestselling Beginning PHP and MySQL, Fourth Edition and Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework, Second Edition .

Over the years Jason has been published more than 300 times within popular publications such as,, JSMag, and Linux Magazine, and instructed hundreds of students in the United States and Europe. He's recently led the successful development and deployment of a 10,000+ product e-commerce project, and is currently working on a variety of new e-commerce initiatives. Jason is cofounder of the wildly popular CodeMash Conference, the largest multi-day developer event in the Midwest.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nicely done... Feb. 24 2012
By R. J. Province - Published on
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I've been a developer for over 24 years and I've been writing PHP applications for the DHS for over 10 years. I purchased this book as a desk reference and have found it very useful. It's well organized, so I can find what I'm looking for in a snap. I don't have time to read it from cover to cover, but what I have read has been very insightful and well worth the purchase price. I recommend this book over all others. I also purchased the PHP book, you know the one with the funny animals, and it was absolutely the worse book I ever read. It was not helpful at all. It was written by too many authors and left me confused. Yes, wording the same thing in 2 different ways becomes very confusing. I think I'll stick with the Experts from now on. Hope this helps.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for an experience software engineer new to PHP March 7 2011
By Ali Julia - Published on
I am an experienced software engineer who never done any PHP coding until three weeks ago. I had a good idea of what I wanted to accomplish, but did not know exactly how to do it using PHP. This book was perfect for me.
This book did not cover the basics of software engineering, so when they say "novice" they refer to being a novice in PHP only.

The book is well organized, and I was able to find what I needed to do without reading the book cover to cover.
The sections on installing and configuring PHP and MySQL were very helpful to start with. Examples were clear and useful, and I was able to adapt them to my own needs easily.

I was able to complete my project in several weeks, much of it thanks to this reference.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book to start PHP Nov. 30 2011
By mart - Published on
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Minor typing errors and code errors are there, but if you are an experienced code examiner, they pose no hinder for learning the interesting PHP language. PHP is changing rapidly, so I gathered much from this book, even if all the changes made to this language are not presented in this newest book. For the novice, though, a substantial basis to start learning!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading is the word! Sept. 15 2013
By KnowledgeSeeker - Published on
Not sure where to begin; I must say that I am extremely disappointed with this book to say the least. I've been, mainly, a .net developer for close to 12 years now (that's all my programing life) and my first experience with php has been very confusing. I bought this book hoping that it would help me take off my Microsoft programming hat and put me in a php mindset, sadly that did not happen. The main issue I have with this book is the excessive mention of the tools and frameworks available to us (LDAP, ZEND, PEAR etc..) and the speed in which they were covered on one hand and the lack of hands-on programming on the other. I think the code examples presented in the book can be easily compressed into less than a chapter; the rest is more like definitions of the frameworks. A beginner with php could care less about LDAP, FILE and operating system, networking etc... A new comer wants to understand how to build a simple website while learning the essence of the scripting language. I would not recommend it for beginners.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Actually worse than online documentation Sept. 13 2013
By AddictedShopper - Published on
The book is an unorganized mess. Lots of fluffs. The information presented is incomplete. For example, in chapter 18, the author discussed some configuration directives without telling the filename where to set the configuration. Explanations from Google searches are clearer. The examples in this book demonstrate bad practices. If you are a newbie, this book will lead you to write bad codes.

Buy a different book. Larry E. Ullman wrote a few good books, try those.

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