Beginning PHP5, Apache, and MySQL Web Development Paperback – Feb 4 2005
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“…covers everything to get you going…definitely worth a look…” (OracleHome, 3 August 2005)
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PHP, Apache, and MySQL are the three key open source technologies that form the basis for most active Web servers. This new edition guides you through the entire process of setting up your own site and walks you through every step, from the installation of PHP, Apache, and MySQL to database management, security, and integration with other technologies.
Featuring new information on the features and functions of the latest upgrades—MySQL 4.0.X, PHP5, and Apache 2.0—this book boasts a working Web site application and numerous updates throughout the text. The multi-platform approach addresses installation and usage on both Linux® and Windows®, and two common-themed, reusable Web sites are examined. Upon completion of this book, you'll be able to create well designed, dynamic Web sites using open source tools.
What you will learn from this book
- Syntax, functions, and commands of PHP, Apache, and MySQL and how they can be used together in Web development
- The ins and outs of data manipulation
- The object-oriented programming advantages of PHP5
- Ways of using PHP for connecting HTML-based Web pages to a backend database for dynamic content
- How MySQL easily stores, updates, and accesses information
This book is for beginners who are new to PHP and who need to learn quickly how to create Web sites using open source tools. Some basic HTML knowledge is helpful but not essential.See all Product Description
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The nice thing about having all this in one package is that you have a consistent form of writing from software package to package. And you have a consistent set of needs. You don't need to talk about MySQL in business applications, you only need to know how it works in a web environment.
This is a programmer to programmer, beginner level book. It does not spend much time on the actual installation of the programs. I rate this as OK, because many of the Linux books (yes, you also have to have a Linux book) provide a distribution of Linux that include all of this software with instructions on how to install it. This book then picks up with comments on configuring the installation to best suit, this includes things like making PHP point to MySQL which may be lacking in the general installation instructions of the Linux book.
If you are headed to working with AMP (Apache, MySQL & PHP) this is an excellent place to start. It's well written, leads you through the building of a site, and by the end of the book you are well started.
While this book did give me some basic tools and some decent code (the code is actually very good in this book), I didn't learn enough through out the book to really expand on it.
I returned this book, purchased "PHP and MYSQL Web Development(THIRD EDITION)" by Luke Welling/Laura Thomson, and havn't looked back. I guess, for me, a book that takes a slightly more acedemic approach isn't all bad after all.
The book was written by several different people and they use slightly different code. One example is to connect to the mysql server they use either $link or $connect variable. Now I understand that the name of the variable doesn't matter, but it was confusing at the first place and the book is full of confusing stuff like this one.
It also introduces you to sophisticated programming concepts early on. I felt these shouldn't be for beginners.
I learned the most by figuring out the book's mistakes though. I also liked the exercises at the end of the chapters. The book also gives you links to current websites and the PHP community. I really needed these where the book was hard to comprehend.
After all I can say I can build websites now. But if you are a total novice then be prepared for lots of annoying error messages. You will need your patience towards the book.
The material is well-laid with the exclusion of one case where pictures 16-4 and 16-5 were just disordered, though it is obvious and not really confusing.
I like the book and keep it as a reference for a while.
I work as an ISP development staff member and from time to time write monitoring tools for our support team.
I wanted to start learning php in order to add some web interfaces to our tools.
I have found this book a very good book for the php/mysql beginner like me, great for the fact that it deals also with the installation part and even gives you all the php modules/commands you can use.
the interaction with mysql is also great from the begining and you start develop your skills using these 2 great tools.
one thing I would like to see is interaction with the system, with the exec commands for example.
beside that, this book is great.
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