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.
... 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 morePublished on Feb. 23 2004
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 morePublished on April 23 2003 by "jonatbumpycircledotcom"
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
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 morePublished on Feb. 21 2003 by joe
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 morePublished on Feb. 5 2003 by Blake Senftner
This book is very good for "not too novice" who would like to learn PHP & MySQL simultaneously. It is a nice book. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by reza iqbal
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 morePublished on Jan. 21 2003 by John Berliner
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 morePublished on Jan. 5 2003 by J. Glasser
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 morePublished on Nov. 4 2002 by Todd E Smith