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Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites [Paperback]

Robin Nixon
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites

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If you know HTML, this guide will have you building interactive websites quickly. You'll learn how to create responsive, data-driven websites with PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript, regardless of whether you already know how to program. Discover how the powerful combination of PHP and MySQL provides an easy way to build modern websites complete with dynamic data and user interaction. You'll also learn how to add JavaScript to create rich Internet applications and websites.

Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript explains each technology separately, shows you how to combine them, and introduces valuable web programming concepts, including objects, XHTML, cookies, and session management. You'll practice what you've learned with review questions in each chapter, and find a sample social networking platform built with the elements introduced in this book.

This book will help you:

  • Understand PHP essentials and the basics of object-oriented programming
  • Master MySQL, from database structure to complex queries
  • Create web pages with PHP and MySQL by integrating forms and other HTML features
  • Learn about JavaScript, from functions and event handling to accessing the Document Object Model
  • Use libraries and packages, including the Smarty web template system, PEAR program repository, and the Yahoo! User Interface Library
  • Make Ajax calls and turn your website into a highly dynamic environment
  • Upload and manipulate files and images, validate user input, and secure your applications

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
If you are like me, a college student who has a decent background in Java and C# and would like to enter the realms of PHP,MySQL and javaScript, then this is the book for you. We had to create a blogger for our final project, which for a newbie is quite a complex task, but this book gave me all the knowledge to create a functional blogger in just three weeks!!!. Mr Nixon has such a wicked way of presenting fairly complex ideas that make it extremely easy to understand.

But be warned, there is this one big error in Chapter 10 example 10-8 which was a bit annoying to work with and there are a few other much smaller errors in the book so make sure to read all the errata mentioned on his website [...]. But apart from that i cant stress enough, for all you college students out there, for your open source programming course, please get this book. I have wasted time reading so many other books that were so impractical and not realistic. For example, while create a log-in page for different users, Mr.Nixon shows you how to use the md5 algorithm along with "salting" to generate a hash for a password, which enables only the user to know their password, even the guys who maintain the website will not know what the users password is, and I never knew this was the standard practice in the industry. Moreover, Mr.Nixon always shows you have to secure your website from malicious activities bloating around the internet. So indeed a very practical and a great way to get up and running in just 3 weeks.

Don't waste your time, just get this book, and especially if you are a college student with some background in Java or C#, this book will work like a miracle for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book March 23 2011
By Matt
Format:Paperback
This book is great if you know basic programming, as it doesn't cover these topics about PHP in too much detail.

Does include good detail to get you started with what you need to have and do to be able to use PHP and MySQl. Lots of real life examples that take you through step by step and demonstrate how particular functions are used in PHP.

Book is concise and fast paced, but tells you what you need to know to create dynamic and properly functioning websites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Many useful code and examples Dec 28 2011
By drom99 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Contains many useful code and examples that can easily be integrated to any web page. The explanations are decent and the examples show how the code works ... which helps in the understanding.
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