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PHP and MySQL For Dummies [Paperback]

Janet Valade
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April 15 2002 For Dummies (Computers)
This is an introductory level book that provides the essential information needed to enable users to build common Web database applications.
The book is directed toward users who know HTML and have created static Web pages, but no prior experience with programming or database design or use is required.
PHP and MySQL For Dummies contains all the information necessary to create a simple Web database or fully functional E-commerce Web site.

Includes a CD-ROM with PHP, MySQL, and Apache software, sample Web applications from the book, code samples, and other useful utilities.

PHP is a server side scripting language that is well adapted to connecting HTML based Web pages to a backend database to create dynamic content. My SQL is a relational database management system. PHP and MySQL are often used together when Web applications require a backend database.
PHP and MySQL are both free, open source software that runs on both Windows and Linux operating systems.
A strength of PHP is its ability to access databases easily. MySQL is a fast database, ideal for Web site use. This makes PHP and MySQL a pair that is ideal for developing Web database applications.
The user can quickly learn both PHP and MySQL without prior experience with programming or database use.

PHP and MySQL are open source and free, which in the current budget minded business environment has increased its popularity and expanded its use.
PHP is enjoying a recent popularity explosion due to its association with Linux and the market-leading Apache Web server (for which PHP is now an "official" module). Over 7 million unique domain names now use PHP as an Apache module.
According to statistics on the PHP.net site they receive over 13 million page views per month. The MySQL.com site has over 10 million page views per month.

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The fun and easy way to create a Web database application! Get the scoop on building online catalogs and members-only sites Take your site to the next level - no programming or database experience required With a MySQL database and a little PHP programming, you can add a whole new level of interactivity to your site - for free. But how do you get a fix on the world of Web database applications? Don't worry! With this friendly reference (and the free software on the CD-ROM), you'll be building a MySQL database and writing PHP programs in no time. All this on the bonus CD-Rom PHP server-side scripting language MySQL relational database management system Apache Web server Sample applications and code from the book System Requirements: A Pentium PC or faster; Windows 9x/2000/Me/XP, Windows NT 4 or later; Linux. At least 32 MB of total RAM; a CD-ROM drive. See CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.com

About the Author

Janet Valade has been working as a Web designer and programmer in a Unix/Linux environment for the last four years. Previously, Janet worked for 13 years in a University environment, where she was a systems analyst. During her tenure, she supervised the installation and operation of computing resources, designed and developed a data archive, supported faculty and students in their computer usage, wrote numerous technical papers, and developed and presented seminars on a variety of technology topics. Janet has been writing technical documents for 20 years, including software and hardware User Guides, newsletter articles, proposals, and research reports. Janet has also authored chapters for Linux books and for a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) book.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Typo and missing modules March 28 2004
By A Customer
When you buy a software manual, especially a beginners for "Dummies" book, with a CD that has source code with all sorts of typo errors, and an Apache windows host installation that has a missing critical php_so mod, so that you can't use the Apache installation, you're behind the eight ball from the very beginning.
So, count on all sorts of frustrations just trying to get an installation working. Did these people ever hear of quality control or are they just trying to piss off someone trying to learn this stuff to no end. Because I opened the CD, I can't return this piece of crap. It now occupies spacer duty along with some old yellow pages under a monitor.
It's not even useful as a toilet paper source.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great starter book Oct. 31 2002
By A Customer
Overall I think this book gave me a great start in PHP. Other reviews seem to think the same.
For me however it had real examples that I could put to use right away. It is concise and easy to follow.
I am not generally a fan of the Dummies' book format but it works,
The most glaring problem with this book is that many of the examples in the book, particularly the membership example has an unbelievable amount of typos and capitalization errors that have to be debuged before the script could possible work at all. Makes you feel kind of ripped off.
I still recommend it to anyone who wants to get up and running fast. This book won't bury you in detail your not ready for.
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2.0 out of 5 stars PHP & MySQL for Dummies Feb. 22 2004
The presentation of the chapters does not follow a logical sequence. The explanation for a number of items is lacking, while explanation for the same items is often given several times. It is a mystery how anyone working through the examples would have rated the book highly. Pages 56-58 describe the sample database design. By the time the reader gets to Pages 266-273, the nature of the database changes. Table and column names are different, such as Color, and PetColor, just to mention one amongst several differences. The records for the database tables are not given. If one tries to produce the examples on Pages 274-277, one has to reverse engineer the examples. The records have to be typed manually to match the examples . CD files do not give a clue.
The CD should have given the graphics files for the examples. Page 77 and Page 272 give examples for adding data to tables from a text file, but there is no comment on the location of those text files. One can spend a long time, before the correct answer is obtained, not from the book.
This was my first book on PHP and MySQL, and I learned something. However, after contending with the shortcomings I decided to switch to another book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts good and gets lost in the middle March 1 2003
By A Customer
Had I written this review whilst reading the first chapters of the book I would have given it 5 stars. The steps how to install MySQL and the PHP installation went very smoothly following the book. I even found setup tips for MySQL that I had previously search for on the web/forums without results. I found I was leaning PHP & MySQL very quickly.
The middle of the book has more general info using various examples, but nothing really useful to tryout. The book gets up to speed in chapter 11. I felt I was leaning something again. Learn you must, you need to know what you're doing so you can correct the mistakes in code. Chapter 12, even more mistakes. This time I took the lazy way and downloaded the corrected code from the author's site only to find it was still incorrect. Maybe the mistakes in the code have actually helped, whilst solving the errors I have found lots of useful info for PHP & MySQL.
My roundup:
The start of the book is good for a PHP beginner, with useful setup info. It's weak in the middle. The last part, the main reason to buy the book tends to go too quickly not explaining details that would help a beginner.
It's a shame the book's wasn't checked a little better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed May 3 2002
I'm a newbie to PHP and MySQL. I was hoping to find a good tutorial based book on the subject, but this was not it. I guess I should've known better than to get a Dummies book as these are really only reference books. However, this isn't even good for a reference. The examples are very short and do not explain what's going on very well. For example, table joins. This is the point I'm stuck on now, which is a very important part of using a database, yet the author glossed over it in less than two pages. Now I'm just frustrated because I'm in the middle of a web project and am left hanging. I should've listened to other reviewers and got PHP & MySQL Web Development. If you're a complete beginner as I am, skip this one or you'll be lost and frustrated.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners at first Sept. 21 2003
I wanted to learn PHP and MySQL but I was a complete novice before buying this book. This books was a great investment in gaining knowledge for both php, mysql and putting the two technologies together. My only complaint is that by the end of the book the author seemed to have gotten really lazy. The examples wont work at shown especially chapter 12: Building a Members Only Web Site"
All in all, this book is a good reference for novices. Once you're out of the novice stage, do expect to buy another book; one that is more indepth. Good luck.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book full of mistakes, errors, confusion
I honestly do not think the author knows PHP herself. It appears she took the writing gig thinking she could fake her way through. She failed. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2007 by J. Lenglet
5.0 out of 5 stars It got me started!
This is my first foray into PHP and MySQL. As an absolute beginner I spent a lot of time looking at different books and the concept didn't 'click' for me until I read this one. Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by John Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, Easy to Follow, Great Programming Book!
I really loved this book. As a web programmer new to the field, I have read many books on subjects ranging from ASP to XML, and Janet's book was one of the easiest, most-well... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Steve Tune
2.0 out of 5 stars Book needs more examples
I order the book and was disappoint that the book didn't have more examples. The books expains the basic's of MySql\PHP , but more like read 100 pages and Oh type this . Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a beginner
I used this book to learn the fundamentals of PHP and mySQL. It has proven useful for that purpose. Once you start getting more serious about your PHP/mySQL programming, I suggest... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by Dan Hazony
2.0 out of 5 stars banging my boody head against the screen in frustration
i'll keep this review tio the point. when learning something, I like to have straightforward tutorials that guide me step-by-step through the process of creating something. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003 by ofcourseistillloveyou
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy
I was a complete novice to PHP and MySQL before buying this book, and after purchasing it, found it to be worthless. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003 by Ronald G. Deagle
1.0 out of 5 stars PHP & MYSQL for Dummies
Well, after hearing so much about this book I decided to go out and buy it. I must say that this book taught me one thing. The opening and closing tags for using PHP. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2003 by "shedrock"
5.0 out of 5 stars Muy Bueno
Muy bueno si es para principiantes, si es alguien en conocimientos avanzados,no creo que le sirva de mucho, yo como buen "Dummie", me sirvio =)
Published on June 23 2003 by A. Civit
3.0 out of 5 stars So - So....
I'm not terribly impressed here. Sure it will help you get up to speed and offers a good introduction to basic PHP functions, but it really doesn't explain WHAT the code does,... Read more
Published on April 15 2003 by Lon J. Seidman
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