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