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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (Oct. 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321656229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321656223
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #401,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Mugé on Sept. 13 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've borrowed this book from the library after a wait list, but after working with the content, I decided to buy it as a reference book.

I would like to give it 5 stars for its content, but the 1 star left out is for the following reasons. ALL softwares have their own little quirks to be mastered. For a starter, on a practical level, sometimes opting to download an older version of a freeware is more productive than the latest version. The older version may have been worked on longer and by larger crowds. So when you do all the rules right, but you still get stuck on resolving an issue, you will find more solutions by googling. For the older versions, there are more fixes. I will specifically recommend getting the older version when setting up your local host. I've spent many days trying to figure what I was doing wrong. It turned out to be a bug in their programming and not resolved yet.

For starters, it is a 5 star index on keeping things organized, be it in your head or putting into practice. You will know what to expect when building a business/shopping website. The book gives you a clear path of what to do next, where to look, tips to crucial security measures, and most importantly, the importance of data handling. Even if some technical item doesn't make sense, just follow the author's instructions.

As Larry Ullman also indicates, this is not a php/mysql reference book. Manuals for php language or the mysql can be found online. Mr. Ullman is giving you the practical tools to implement for your start-up e-business. Which I found is a good level to start up with.

I am not a novice to computing. I worked many years in building databases, but even to me, Mr. Ullman had a few tricks to teach.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Exactly what I was looking for Dec 18 2010
By Gary Strawn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a Kona coffee farmer and I sell my coffee through my website. I used to be a professional programmer before becoming a Kona coffee farmer. Leveraging off that experience, and Larry's previous books, I wrote all the code for my website: HTML, CSS, PHP, mySQL, everything. Throughout the process I wished for a book exactly like this one.

When I heard that this book was being published my first thought was "too late to help me." When I received my copy, I realized that I was wrong. Even though I spent years as a professional network programmer, and my website was already written, I am still in the process of rewriting large parts of my website because of the excellent information in this book.

If you're a web developer, this book is for you. Even if you aren't going to write everything yourself, this book will still help you understand the important concepts such as security, PCI, user accounts and site administration.

The book does assume a certain amount of experience with PHP and mySQL. That's the best part though, unlike any other author I've ever read, Larry Ullman has a website with useful forums and he answers nearly every question himself. Have a question about figure 7.2? With this book you can get an answer.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Not that effortless Feb. 16 2011
By Patricia Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have recently completed reading this book in its entirety and I must say: reading Effortless E-Commerce with PHP and mysql wasn't effortless for me. It took me a whole month to study the book. But after this month I walked away having learned so much that I cannot do otherwise than give this book 5 stars.
Here are some important things I've learned from this book:
- how to write highly readable code and prevent common vulnerabilities
- how to incorporate different payment gateways
- how to use and build mysql stored procedures
- how to use the .htaccess file to make a directory entirely unavailable
- how to improve the search engine rankings of a site creating the so-called "pretty" URLs
- how to write and use php prepared statements that use fewer resources and thus run faster.(If you ever asked yourself how to make multiple inserts or multiple updates using a single query... this is the way.)
Thank you Larry Ullman
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The Wait is Over!!!!!!! Dec 3 2010
By DeveloperJerry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have been pleased with Larry Ullman's books up to this point, but this one takes the cake! I have spent countless hours researching online for the information documented in this book. This book outlines in detail two different e-commerce models that will make any developer more valuable. First example is a site that uses PayPal. It goes into detail on how to use the PayPal sandbox to test your site before it goes live. The second example shows the reader how to implement a payment gateway directly onto your site. The second example is far more complex, but knowing how to accept credit card payments directly onto your site is very valuable and is well worth a little pain in grasping all that goes into that.

He talks a lot about internet security, SSL, and server configuration ... all which are extremely important when it comes to e-commerce. If you are just starting to learn php or mysql, I would highly recommend one of his other books such as "Beginning PHP" or "PHP & MySQL" .. that is where I started 6 years ago.

Larry has taught me a lot and has helped me become a more valuable developer.
Thanks Larry

P.S. Hey Larry ... idea for next book: M-commerce (mobile e-commerce) using PHP/MySQL
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Most Up to Date PHP Book on the Market March 4 2011
By webdevpro - Published on Amazon.com
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Anything written by this author is going to be top notch. I'm just over half way through with this book and I'm learning a ton. What I like about this Effortless E-commerce is not just that's it's been recently published, but it walks you through the production of 2 large scale, professionally developed e-commerce applications. Other books offer just random scripts and pieces of code for use on individual projects. This book puts everything together into a cohesive project so that you can see how everything works together.

This is the third PHP book written by Larry Ullman that I've read in the last 6 months, PHP 6 and Mysql 5 for Dynamic Websites:Visual Quickstart and PHP 5 Advanced: Visual Quickpro being the other two.

As with the other two titles, the thing I like most about Effortless E-commerce is the online support. On Larry Ullman's website is a support forum where you can post questions or problems with the exercises in any one of his books. Within hours Larry himself will have the answers needed to get you unstuck, so that you don't spend hours blindly troubleshooting problems and getting distracted from the remainder of the book.

A must read for any beginner to intermediate programmer serious about learning PHP.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Introduction to PHP/MySQL Powered E-Commerce June 22 2011
By William Class - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Typically, tech books fit into one of two categories: (a) thorough, packed with examples, but bereft in clarity department or (b) simply written and easy to understand, but of little practical use. Larry Ullman's books fit in a third category that takes the best of the two, and, as a result, represents a body of work that stands apart. That said, the material inside Effortless E-Commerce follows suit and provides developers with a great introduction to building a PHP/MySQL e-commerce solution.

Many reviewers tend to highlight the specific functionality presented in a volume, and while Effortless E-Commerce has all of the relevant functionality needed to build a working e-commerce site that accepts payments, manages orders, products and customers, what is best about this book is the modular fashion in which it is written. There is no perfect solution to any application development project; chances are no tech book will contain all the answers to the myriad requirements of a given project. Yet the way Effortless E-Commerce is structured, a developer with a little intuition can pick and choose from the functional pieces presented, and build out a site to suit his or her needs. Even better, many of these pieces of functionality are independent of e-commerce. For example, the registration and login system presented can be re-used across many different types of applications, while the Paypal or AuthNet integration examples can be used to make a simple payment page outside of a traditional shopping cart application.

Overall, Effortless E-Commerce is a book every PHP developer should own. Highly recommended.


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