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Flash and PHP Bible [Paperback]

Matthew Keefe
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May 5 2008 Bible (Book 557)
The demand for rich Internet applications (RIAs) such as complete storefronts and interactive surveys is skyrocketing, as is the pressure to create these dynamic apps overnight and at low cost. This in-depth Bible provides the step-by-step instructions you need to quickly create RIAs in Flash using cost-effective, open-source PHP programming tools. You'll learn how PHP works, when you should use it in Flash, and above all, vital security techniques for keeping your interactive sites secure.

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Quickly develop dynamic Flash applications with PHP

The demand for rich Internet applications (RIAs) such as complete storefronts and interactive surveys is skyrocketing, as is the pressure to create these dynamic apps overnight and at low cost. This in-depth Bible provides the step-by-step instructions you need to quickly create RIAs in Flash using cost-effective, open-source PHP programming tools. You'll learn how PHP works, when you should use it in Flash, and above all, vital security techniques for keeping your interactive sites secure.

  • Install, configure, and explore the basics of PHP

  • Connect Flash to PHP and PHP to MySQL

  • Create contact forms and search capabilities

  • Clean, store, and check your interactive data

  • Apply advanced security techniques

  • Develop an RSS reader or banner tracking with PHP

  • Extend Flash and PHP with third-party libraries

  • Learn best practices for backing up and updating your server

Companion Web Site
On the book's Web site you can see real-world examples of Flash applications and how they were developed. The Web site also includes all the source files associated with the examples. Visit www.wiley.com/go/flashandphpbible.

About the Author

Matthew Keefe is a new-media designer and developer with a strong background in application development for the Web as well as offline. He has worked with companies such as Delphi, PhotoshopCafe, and Organi Studios, to name a few. Examples of his work can be found on xm411.com (XM Satellite Radio Fan site).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Riddled with errors Feb. 18 2009
Format:Paperback
Although I was able to glean enough information from this book to get Flash and PHP working together I was astounded by the number of typos and incorrect information. I found myself keeping a list of errors to submit to the author. The author will address your issues with the book at his forum but there is no errata available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars For Exp. PHP Users, 3 for Newbies. May 4 2008
By Alan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a solid book, with great examples of PHP and Flash together; however, this isn't ideal for PHP novices .

I've waited for this book for a while, and I put off sharpening my PHP skills until I received it. I wish instead I had more experience building MySQL databases with PHP first. It's odd, there is some introduction to PHP and MySQL, but it doesn't really prep you enough if you're a newbie...

The title "Bible" is misleading; rather, it's more a cookbook. There is a lot of great info in here- lots of code and explanation of it, but the scope of the explanation is only how it pertains to the example given. For example, while explaining an example to output dynamic XML from a database, the author only focuses on the PHP script to retrieve the data, then parsing it into XML. I would have liked to have seen the XML as a file and how the MySQL database was structured. It would be repetitive, but that's what makes a good teaching book- or at least a "Bible" book.

The other drawback for Mac PHP newbs will be: the author does a good job of explaining installation of Apache and PHP on Windows and Unix, but NOT Mac. I contacted the author as he promptly replied:

"The reason for no OS X install notes was due to OS X shipping with a version of PHP which would cause issues without a large amount of editing and modifying.. which I felt was beyond the scope of the book."

He did tho, create a forum on his website for readers to post questions. He quickly replies. On this forum I posted a walkthrough (with pictures) on how to quickly get PHP and MySQL running on your mac.

On the whole, it's full of excellent code and various examples, but the scope is narrow and explanation is right to the point. Experienced users will welcome it, others may feel discouraged and have to look to other sources to fill in the gaps.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners, but great for experienced developers Aug. 5 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is not for beginners, but full of real world examples if you understand the basics of PHP, MySQL, and Actionscript already. I liked the fact that the book doesn't treat you like an amateur and gets down to the working examples right at the start (after a short part about creating a server). Its full of code that's usable right out of the book, like a shopping cart and a user login service and many more advanced topics.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flash and PHP Bible - Code does not work Jan. 7 2009
By C. Irby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am on the 4th chapter of this book and so far, NONE of the code examples have worked. I know I have Apache Server, PHP and MySQL installed properly because I have found other tutorials online and they work. Whoever wrote the positive remarks about this book must either be the Author or friends thereof because it's not a good book. Then I get on here and find others who are having the same issue, so I know it's not a coincidence. I would like a refund Mr. Keefe, or atleast a free version of one with working code!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book If Not for All the Errors in Examples Dec 22 2008
By J. Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book about four months ago, and have tried to use it quite a lot. I agree with one of the other reviewers in their assessment the book is not for beginners. A have no problem with that. Also, I have no problem with the book's structure. It is loaded with what look to be interesting examples.

But the book has an absolutely unacceptable flaw. Many, many of the examples do not work. And be aware, the publisher and author have not taken the time to post any errata. So you are on your own in identifying and fixing the glitches you will encounter in many of the examples! It is very clear the book's publisher went to print without validating its contents (or maybe knew about the issues but published anway). It is also clear the author, Mathew Keefe, could not be bothered to check his own work. Otherwise, he could not have considered the book to be finished!

Here is just one example, in chapter 14 the author has a "Poll Application" example. Everything in the example should work, but the author seems to have apparently got tired of this one and did not complete the actionscript that is needed in his Flash for it to work. You can build the code following the book or download the code for this example from the publisher's site. Either way, you will see the author simply stopped before the example was done. There is no way the author could have thought they had finished the example. That is totally exexcusable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A handy resource Jan. 7 2009
By Frank Jay Priboy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this book very helpful and a good reference resource to add to my collection. I like the no nonsense approach to writing and the fact that it gets right down to real world examples and code you can reuse. I appreciate the non linear format rather than having to read it cover to cover and have used it (and will continue to) to find specific information for my projects.

I do agree with an earlier review that the title "Bible" would be better changed to "Cookbook" but having read the editorial review I already had the impression that's what it would be and was not disappointed.

Overall a very solid reference book with lots of useful examples and code that will fall into the "keep it handy" section of my bookshelf.
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