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Beginning PHP5, Apache, and MySQL Web Development [Paperback]

Elizabeth Naramore , Jason Gerner , Yann Le Scouarnec , Jeremy Stolz , Michael K. Glass
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Feb. 4 2005 Programmer to Programmer
This update to a Wrox bestseller dives in and guides the reader through the entire process of creating dynamic, data-driven sites using the open source "AMP" model: Apache Web server, the MySQL database system, and the PHP scripting language. The team of expert authors covers PHP scripting, database management, security, integration, and e-commerce functions and comes complete with a useful syntax reference.
  • Showcases three fully functional Web site examples, with implementations for both Windows and Linux, that readers can incorporate into their own projects
  • Updates include a new chapter on PHP5 features and functions, a new example Web site application, and updates to PHP5 throughout the text

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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
Who this book is for

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.


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i have been to ruby on rails so i know what real MVC means. but still, i like php with its openness and not forcing you to follow a certain mindset or convention. it is like going back to C. it is up to you to make your own conventions, and in this regard, i like php although i miss the orderliness and clean lines of Rails. i am being forced to study php because my company already has existing apps in php, and i like this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just What You Need to Get Started Feb. 11 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
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If I were just starting off to do a dynamic page web site, that is database driven, this is exactly the software set that I would use. And here in one book is the majority of the software that you'd need to make it work. The only things missing are the operating system (Linux of course) and the mail package.

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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very out-of-date now July 13 2007
By Steward Willons - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a decent book, but the MySQL syntax is very out-of-date. If you're working with a current version of MySQL, this isn't going to do you any favors. Until they see fit to update this volume, I recommend buying something else.

I've had great luck with "PHP, MySQL and Apache" by Julie C. Meloni (Sams Teach Yourself) third edition (2007). Its example projects are different and not quite as applicable to what I'm needing to do, but who knows - they may be just what you need. The biggest benefit is that it uses the mysqli commands that PHP 5.xx demands.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for Me April 14 2005
By T. Ninneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I initially bought this book because it was the only book in the store that delved right in and immediatly began giving tools to use in a website. Most other books, at the time, seemed to acedemic with much to much theory. However, after reading the majority of this book, I realized that I really didn't learn much of anything. The book spits out large chunks of code and tries to explain parts of it but it doesn't explain other areas that I guess the authors just expect you to figure out on your own.

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.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lot's of headache for a beginner. Dec 26 2005
By lukas cranac - Published on Amazon.com
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The book makes you copy a lot of code every chapter and then explains some of it. The code given has typos that cause errors you have to figure out by yourself. It also has some logical mistakes that was a lot harder to solve. For me as an absolute beginner these were challenging.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book that inspired new ideas June 5 2005
By Alex Kouznetzoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book presents a really good practical guidance to those who need a quick track in to AMP technology. It gives you a complete view on how all three components interact each other. It is nice to have some programming experience to better understand the projects that authors develop in front of your eyes in seamless and elegant way. And programming approach utilized with these projects could be easily crafted for your own needs. I believe it is a right way to get educated with the AMP by reading the books like given one.

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.
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