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MySQL/PHP Database Applications [Paperback]

Brad Bulger , Jay Greenspan , David Wall
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Oct. 31 2003 0764549634 978-0764549632 2
  • Demonstrates Web application development by presenting ten real, ready-to-use examples
  • Samples start with a simple guess book and end with a fully-functional e-commerce site with a shopping cart
  • New features include both MySQL 4.1 and PHP 4.2
  • Latest edition contains new applications including log analysis and project tracking
  • CD-ROM includes all the code and examples applications from the book in addition to MySQL, PHP, Apache, PHP classes, libraries, utilities, and other tools

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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother - CODE DOESN'T WORK! Feb. 2 2004
By A Customer
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother - CODE DOESN'T WORK! Feb. 2 2004
By A Customer
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother - CODE DOESN'T WORK! Feb. 2 2004
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, it's not for the beginner...
... and it's not for people who can't figure out which version of PHP they're running. I had no problem running the code against PHP 5. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but now outdated
This is a great book, two years ago. I have spent more time and energy than I wish over the last two months trying to get the syntax differences down, and hunt down bugs in the... Read more
Published on April 23 2003 by "jonatbumpycircledotcom"
5.0 out of 5 stars Cover to cover, a great book to get you started
I loved this book. 2 years after reading it, I'm now programming php and mysql database applications professionally. This book is a great way to get started using php and mysql.
Published on April 10 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Recommend NOT to buy this book
This book is not well explained overall. As I It is hard to find a book convined MySQL and PHP, but I recommend to look for another book. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2003 by joe
2.0 out of 5 stars It COULD be worse...
As a general overview, the content of the book is pretty good, and would have been great... but the authors and editors do a VERY poor job of being specific where necessary,... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2003 by Blake Senftner
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book as "short course" in php & mysql
This book is very good for "not too novice" who would like to learn PHP & MySQL simultaneously. It is a nice book. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2003 by reza iqbal
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good overview, offset by typos and poor organization
I found the first few chapters to be the most valuable ones, providing overviews of general topics. In particular the chapter on relational database design would be good for... Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2003 by John Berliner
2.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Understand but not very good over all
Within the first couple of chapters, I noticed that they really need to use spell check! Typos in their own book scared me because Typos are something that is not accepted when... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2003 by J. Glasser
3.0 out of 5 stars Good content, awkward text
The authors provide a good coverage of using PHP and MySQL. They guide the reader through the elements of the language and using PHP and MySQL together well. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2002 by Todd E Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere for learning PHP DB programming
I plain didn't like the layout of the book.
The chapter titles weren't very informative. Where would one look when trying to learn the how to connect to a database? Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2002
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