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Product Details

  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (Oct. 31 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764549634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764549632
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 4.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,759,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In MySQL/PHP Database Applications, Jay Greenspan and Brad Bulger explain how to work with PHP and MySQL, primarily for applications you might use on a Web site. How could the combination of this capable pair--which is feature-rich, highly reliable, capable of dealing with large traffic volumes, and absolutely free of charge in most cases--be any better? Take the time to study the advice and work through your own tests of the concepts presented, and it's pretty much certain that you'll walk away with the knowledge you need to do serious development work with the PHP scripting language and the MySQL database server.

Rather than make up trivial programs just to illustrate aspects of the MySQL/PHP environment, this book features code snippets, half a page or so in length each, which illustrate the behaviour of key code structures. For example, in explaining conditional statements in PHP, the book gives you a no-frills IF statement with real values in place. It's not always obvious how the code structures will behave in practice, but the book does a consistently good job of commenting intelligently on the place of each aspect of the language in a well-designed application. The latter half attacks specific problems--a chat system, a guest book, and so on--and walks through the setup of MySQL and each important PHP function for each. --David Wall

Topics covered: The PHP server-side scripting language and the MySQL database server, explained for people who have neither a lot of database administration background nor programming experience. Matters of creating and querying databases, and of performing simple and advanced operations with PHP scripting, are covered adroitly. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Learn what it takes to get data-driven Web sites up and running using PHP 5 and MySQL

The popularity of using MySQL and PHP to create organized and efficient Web sites is growing at a steady pace. MySQL has proven itself to be fast, robust, and easy to use. It works well with PHP, and it’s perfect for Web applications for simple to robust sites. For many developers, PHP is the next obvious step from HTML due to the fact that it was written specifically for use on the Web, it’s cross-platform, and it’s relatively easy to understand and write. MySQL/PHP Database Applications, Second Edition, demonstrates Web-application development using MySQL and PHP by presenting multiple practical, ready-to-use examples ranging from a simple guestbook to a fully functional e-commerce site with a shopping cart. Other applications include a catalog, a content manager, a threaded discussion, and a problem-tracking system. You’ll learn the essentials of working with MySQL and PHP so you can start building and customizing database applications for the Web in no time!

This edition offers updated coverage of MySQL 4.0 and an extensive look ahead into PHP 5. The example code was rewritten to run against the new PHP engine, and this edition explores its new object-oriented features, as well as improvements in XML processing, remote file access, and other areas. Containing advice on how to easily tweak and customize a site, this book:

  • Provides a concise introduction to working with MySQL and PHP
  • Includes complete applications–project management system and message board
  • Delivers ready-to-use code for error handling, user and session management, and templating
  • Helps create code with SOAP services

The CD-ROM contains the example code and applications from the book, as well as MySQL, PHP, and Apache.


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By A Customer on Feb. 2 2004
Format: Paperback
I have now purchased just about EVERY book I can find on using PHP and NOT ONE of them is capable of being completed from beginning to end due the the HORRENDOUS editing errors in them. This book, the 2nd Edition, no less, was the last in my now enormous collection of miserable books on PHP and seemed to have some promise. I was impressed with the fact that the author or publisher included the complete set of files in order to be uploaded you a live web server and, after spending a half an hour uploading those 10 megs (REALLY!) worth of files to my server thought that I might actually be able to finally get some files to work - silly me.
So, after spending several hours trying to determine EXACTLY which files needed to be altered in order to connect to both the database (oh gosh, even the NAME of that database is kept hidden) and to change the appropriate variables contained in the huge number of files, and then trying to mess around with the bogus files that allegedly will install and make the appropriate changes to the files on the server, have just GIVEN UP. What a NIGHTMARE.
Why, oh WHY can't a publisher put out a book with the code (and easy to find and read INSTRUCTIONS) that actually WORKS?!?!?!? Spending a few billion dollars on every book ever published on PHP and not getting a single one of them to WORK is nothing less than an outrage.
No, I'm not a complete computer programming "newbie" and yes, I've spent the last several months wasting time writing to publishers regarding the ERRORS in their books (to which they ALWAYS confirm the errors but fail to post them on their non-existent errata sheets).
I've HAD it.
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By A Customer on Feb. 2 2004
Format: Paperback
I have now purchased just about EVERY book I can find on using PHP and NOT ONE of them is capable of being completed from beginning to end due the the HORRENDOUS editing errors in them. This book, the 2nd Edition, no less, was the last in my now enormous collection of miserable books on PHP and seemed to have some promise. I was impressed with the fact that the author or publisher included the complete set of files in order to be uploaded you a live web server and, after spending a half an hour uploading those 10 megs (REALLY!) worth of files to my server thought that I might actually be able to finally get some files to work - silly me.
So, after spending several hours trying to determine EXACTLY which files needed to be altered in order to connect to both the database (oh gosh, even the NAME of that database is kept hidden) and to change the appropriate variables contained in the huge number of files, and then trying to mess around with the bogus files that allegedly will install and make the appropriate changes to the files on the server, have just GIVEN UP. What a NIGHTMARE.
Why, oh WHY can't a publisher put out a book with the code (and easy to find and read INSTRUCTIONS) that actually WORKS?!?!?!? Spending a few billion dollars on every book ever published on PHP and not getting a single one of them to WORK is nothing less than an outrage.
No, I'm not a complete computer programming "newbie" and yes, I've spent the last several months wasting time writing to publishers regarding the ERRORS in their book (to which they ALWAYS confirm the errors but fail to post them on their non-existent errata sheets).
I've HAD it. DON'T BOTHER with this book until an errata sheet has been posted AND detailed instructions are provided on configuring the code to work on your server.
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By A Customer on Feb. 2 2004
Format: Paperback
I have now purchased just about EVERY book I can find on using PHP and NOT ONE of them is capable of being completed from beginning to end due the the HORRENDOUS editing errors in them. This book, the 2nd Edition, no less, was the last in my now enormous collection of miserable books on PHP and seemed to have some promise. I was impressed with the fact that the author or publisher included the complete set of files in order to be uploaded you a live web server and, after spending a half an hour uploading those 10 megs (REALLY!) worth of files to my server thought that I might actually be able to finally get some files to work - silly me.
So, after spending several hours trying to determine EXACTLY which files needed to be altered in order to connect to both the database (oh gosh, even the NAME of that database is kept hidden) and to change the appropriate variables contained in the huge number of files, and then trying to mess around with the bogus files that allegedly will install and make the appropriate changes to the files on the server, have just GIVEN UP. What a NIGHTMARE.
Why, oh WHY can't a publisher put out a book with the code (and easy to find and read INSTRUCTIONS) that actually WORKS?!?!?!? Spending a few billion dollars on every book ever published on PHP and not getting a single one of them to WORK is nothing less than an outrage.
No, I'm not a complete computer programming "newbie" and yes, I've spent the last several months wasting time writing to publishers regarding the ERRORS in their book (to which they ALWAYS confirm the errors but fail to post them on their non-existent errata sheets).
I've HAD it. DON'T BOTHER with this book until an errata sheet has been posted AND detailed instructions are provided on configuring the code to work on your server.
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