PHP is getting lots of attention as an open-source alternative to Microsoft Active Server Pages, not least because it runs on Linux and other Unix-like systems as well as on Windows. It is a server-side parsing engine that lets you put dynamic content such as online databases on your Web site. The beauty of server-side processing is that any browser can view the results, provided of course that you are careful with your Web-page authoring.
Few books on PHP are available, so PHP Essentials is particularly welcome. The author is a PHP enthusiast and also uses it professionally. Her aim is to provide a hands-on guide to installing and using PHP for those who have no previous knowledge of the product. The book's based on version 3 but covers new PHP 4 features too. Readers are expected to have a basic knowledge of HTML, though. Although databases such as SQL Server and Oracle are briefly discussed, there is a special focus on using PHP with MySQL, an excellent open-source database server. (This is a common partnership, so the focus is appropriate.)
After tackling installation and basic PHP scripts, the book gets straight to the business of linking with a database. The text includes a short introduction to SQL and a complete example of how to create and query a database table. Further chapters cover user authentication, session management with cookies, and Web-based database administration. Finally, a complete e-commerce example in included, with code both printed in the book and available from a supporting Web site. An appendix offers a PHP language reference.
This book teaches by example. It is manageable in size and has a friendly, real-world feel. It is not the last word on the subject, though, so it's best suited to PHP newcomers or those using rival technology who want an idea of what PHP can do. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk
One of the best books that I have read and also enjoyed on this topic is PHP Essentials. -- Elizabeth Zinkann, Review Columnist for Sys Admin MagazineSee all Product Description
If you are experience in ANY programmig this is not for you... However if you are brand new to programming and to PHP this will walk you through the basics. Read morePublished on April 18 2003 by "phpstartup_com"
This book is useful if you are unexperienced with PHP and need to learn but not for go beyond. I found some sintax mistakes in the examples and the order of every chapter is not so... Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by Fernando Barraza A.
This book is a poor introduction to php / mysql.
The way to programming proficiency is to understand small and simple scripts and use the lessons learnt to build your own... Read more
I am a PHP and programming newbie. I found this book to be a very solid and thorough introduction to PHP and database connectivity. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2002 by Amazon Customer
if you have no confidence about breaking into programming and want a _lot_ of hand holding, this is the book for you.. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2002 by Jonathan Robinson
for the internet development beginner, this book is ideal. it opens with a historical background of php, a tutorial on developing a php server and then a review of html. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2001 by "ya_ira"
Either of Julie Meloni's PHP books (PHP Essentials and PHP Fast and Easy) are great books to begin with for those who want to learn about PHP and MySQL. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2001 by Vaughan Healy
This book is just what you need if you want to know PHP and you just don't know where to begin, the begin would be here, with this book you can introduce yourself to the PHP... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2001 by "masteralx"
Honestly the book tells the truth about php among other things. You'll get the know-how on making a web server and compiling php with it. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2001 by Brian