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Dreamweaver MX: PHP Web Development [Paperback]

Gareth Downes-Powell , Tim Green , Bruno Mairlot
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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July 1 2002 Programmer to Programmer
What is this book about?

PHP is one of the most popular server-side scripting languages available. It's powerful and easy to learn. Combined with MySQL — a fast, cross-platform, and free open source database — it makes a very effective tool for developing database-driven websites.

This book is all about developing PHP/MySQL websites with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, the premier visual website design tool. It will show you how to use Dreamweaver MX to rapidly develop database-driven PHP web applications with the minimum of fuss.

Throughout the book, we use a real-world example application, a hotel room booking system, to demonstrate just how quick and easy it is to build dynamic PHP sites with Dreamweaver MX.

What does this book cover?

Here are just a few of the things you'll find covered in this book:

  • Overview of Dreamweaver MX, PHP, and MySQL
  • Designing a site
  • Using server behaviors to interact with the database
  • Hand-coding and debugging in Dreamweaver

Who is this book for?

This book is for the web professional looking to develop database-driven PHP web applications using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX. Some knowledge of HTML and web design is assumed, but you don't need to know any PHP or MySQL.


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This book is for web professionals who want to use Dreamweaver MX to produce PHP web sites. It doesn't assume any knowledge of PHP. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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PHP is one of the most popular server-side scripting languages available. It’s powerful and easy to learn. Combined with MySQL, a fast, cross-platform, and free open source database, it makes a very effective tool for developing database-driven web sites.

This book is all about developing PHP/ MySQL web sites with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, the premier visual web site design tool. It will show you how to use Dreamweaver MX to rapidly develop database-driven PHP web applications with the minimum of fuss.

Throughout the book we use a real-world example application, a hotel room booking system, to demonstrate just how easily you can quickly build dynamic PHP sites with Dreamweaver MX.

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This book will show you:

  • Overview of Dreamweaver MX, PHP, and MySQL
  • Designing the site
  • Using server behaviors to interact with the database
  • Hand coding and debugging in Dreamweaver

Who is this book for?

This book is for web professionals looking to develop database-driven PHP web applications using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX. Some knowledge of HTML and web design is assumed, but you don’t need to know any PHP or MySQL.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Someone should check the code April 27 2003
Format:Paperback
I'm very disappointed with this book. For someone just starting their journey in PHP, it simply has too many mistakes in the code presented on the pages of the book. Learning to program is hard enough without the help of wrongly printed code in a book that is suppose to be teaching the subject. After 3 day of frustation I go to the site only to find out they no longer support the book. They do however have an Errata page where you will find many corrections to the code which after some more time got the basic booking system to work. Then After a day on chaper 9 with a list of the corrections from the website in hand, I could not get the admin section to work so I download the code pages for chapter 9 from the site, and find they doesn't work either. I like the explanations on the subject and the layout of the book but damn I think a programming book should spend whatever time it takes to get the code right. I make my share of typos not to mention spelling but I don't write or sell books. This book is about teaching code and it seem to me someone could have spent more time making sure at least the code was correct. It's obvious these guys know what they are doing I just wish it had been better edited.
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This book might be okay if you are already a PHP developer who wants to learn to use Dreamweaver MX, but if you want to learn PHP you are better off buying an introductory book on PHP, because you will have virtually no understanding of how to create a website using PHP from this book. The book is written more for someone already proficient in PHP who wants to learn DWMX. If you do buy this book, you can save yourself a lot of trouble by skipping the introductory chapters on installing PHP, MySQL and Apache by downloading a free pre-configured executable like SWAMP from Sourceforge (swamp.sourceforge.net). They were obviously in a real rush to get this book to print, the amount of errata is unacceptable, sometimes entire pages need to be crossed out with the correct text written in by hand. Print out the errata pages from their website before you do anything else. The book has a written by committee feel, with glaring omissions and where some of the pages seem to be in reverse order. Regarding the sample projects there is hardly no explanation of what you are doing or why you are doing it so you aren't really learning anything unless you already know PHP, you're just performing tasks by rote. Half-way through the book I decided I was wasting my time and bought "SAMS Teach yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache in 24 Hours". By contrast it is well done. Maybe when I finish it I'll try using this book again to try to learn how to use DWMX with PHP if no other books are available. I give this book 2 stars because there aren't any other books yet incorporating PHP and DWMX, otherwise I'd give it 1 star. This is the first Glasshaus book I've bought or read, and probably the last. Hopefully better books will be available soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Infintely Useful resource Jan. 31 2003
Format:Paperback
I am an experienced Dreamweaver user and with the release of Dreamweaver MX I was inspired to take advantage of the new server capabilities (and my expensive DSL) and set up a web server. I needed to know PHP fast and this book is hands down the most complete introductory crash course available. I am, as i type this, buying the follow-up to this book called Advanced PHP Web Developement.
The biggest strengths of this book are that it gets you initiated into the exclusive and close-knit PHP club pretty quickly. And even better, it tells you how to do this using the provided Dreamweaver MX tools.
After mastering this book and devouring sections of it, you will be thirsting for more knowledge and scouring php bulletin boards for answers to your questions.
This book is a must-have for people looking to dive head first into the world of open source web developement and server-side scripting without drowning.
You will however find that this book is really only good for beginners and that you will very quickly find the plateau, leaving you grasping for more. But that is why I am buying the advanced php book: because I am ready for it now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but lacking some detail Jan. 30 2003
By Andrew
Format:Paperback
This book is a really great read that ties dreamweaver and php together. And since it is basically the only book out there that does that, it is a must have for any dreamweaver/php developer. You will learn a lot from this book. But there are some problems with the book. The main problem I had with the book is that in various spots throughout, the author just leaves things out. They'll tell you to do something, but give no explanation as to how to do it or even why you are doing it. I guess they assume too much. For example, they'll tell you to add some php code to the application and show you the code to enter including numerous variables, etc... But they will only give a general overview of the code and not go into detail why certain lines read the way they do and why you're calling certain variables or why the syntax is a certain way. It can leave you scratching your head at times. But, like I said, if you are a dreamweaver/php developer, this is a must have. You will definitely learn alot, but you may have to do some searching to fill in some gaps.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners or intermediate
While the content of the book is potentially good, anybody who needs a little handholding might get lost quickly as the author does not give much background information and skips... Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by T. Theuerkorn
2.0 out of 5 stars Riddled With Errors
This book is riddled with errors, from nonsense layouts to coding mistakes. The interface (a hotel booking system) is very rudimentary and does not work as advertised. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2003 by amy@wordwell.com
1.0 out of 5 stars very poor writing
this book is not for beginners ... poor writing and have a lot of nonsence layouts . wasting money to buy ...
Published on July 30 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Errors!
The book seamed perfect to help me learn PHP and MYSQL using DWMX. Too bad it's so full of errors and mistakes. Remeber trying to learn how to drive a car. Read more
Published on July 13 2003 by Jim G
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful but full of mistakes
This book is one of those rare books on programming PHP with Dreamweaver. The explanations and instructions are very good but you have to be carefull about the mistakes in... Read more
Published on June 23 2003 by Serhan Keser
1.0 out of 5 stars Keep Looking
I haven't finished the book yet -- and probably won't. It is absolutely the most dreadful development/learning book I've come across yet (in almost 30 years of playing with... Read more
Published on April 29 2003 by E. Ross
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad but not indepth to take you far.
This was a good start to php but I found that at the end of it I had a working web site but a lot of what was done was not explained. Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by Crawford Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars 6-8 Pages per Chapter to Explain what's PHP would be GREAT!
I tend to agree with the review given by "Rover". Considering the fact that you're using a WYSIWYG editor (even though it's the best) to develop server-side scripting of... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid book
This is really a solid book on using Dreamweaver for PHP developing. Following the typical glasshaus approach the authors go straight to the relevant information, assuming the... Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2003 by Foti Massimo
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