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PHP, of course, is introduced in the book, but there is also an approachable and effective introduction to programming in general. The conscientious tutorial on basic concepts like variables, keywords and flow control will give even beginners an understanding of the basics of writing programs. PHP, it turns out, is not only a great way to generate HTML dynamically, it's a very marketable skill. Web fundamentals like HTTP, HTML form variables, and managing session information using no less than four different techniques are explained thoroughly and effectively. You also find out how to install PHP and other tools on your system, with the assistance of plenty of screen shots.
That's not to say that this book will cramp the style of more experienced developers. Some chapters delve into such important and advanced topics as database programming (with MySQL) and PHP's support for XML. One standout section demystifies the new support for objects and classes in PHP4. Basic topics like managing files and directories on the server, plus graphics processing, are addressed, of course, and a nifty sample program shows you how to build a Web-based text editor. Except for the final case study, a "URL directory manager" (akin to Yahoo) that is rather specialised, the examples are spot on, illustrating everyday programming tasks. You will also learn to generate e-mail with PHP, certainly a valuable skill to have.
The appendix lists several hundred PHP functions in over 50 pages--a handy and useful feature. In all, Beginning PHP4 provides a strong choice for learning about one of today's most powerful and easy-to-use scripting languages. It is concise, fast-moving and thoroughly approachable. --Richard Dragan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This book is very well written, but you should know that the code in the book is written with "register_globals" turned on in the php engine. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by "redbaro"
The book is out of date as it covers PHP4 before security changes were made. It is also very inconsistant later on, as the various authors seem to believe in very different... Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003 by "robpolding"
I was having headache when i read the book, that because the examples were all related to MATH . it's no use for building a real website . Read morePublished on June 17 2003 by LuckyStar
The book was great. I learned from in-depth examples. The only problem I had with the book was that some of the examples didn't work. Read morePublished on June 13 2003 by Seth Buntin
I began php with two books, one being this wrox publication and the other a more advanced sams publication. The wrox publication was the fundamental lifesaver in my php learning. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by Richard York
This book reads as if someone recorded a group of teen-aged programmers telling someone how to write PHP scripts, and then simply transcribed what they said into a book. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2003 by Syd Allan (www.jagular.com/beowulf)
this book is heavy, its thick and its almost completely useless. well not totally useless, but it does lack alot of details and explanation about how some functions are created and... Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2002 by Jon
....get the Professional book, even if you have limited PHP experience. I thought it would be a good idea to start from scratch even though I had fairly advanced actionscripting... Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2002 by Tony Montana