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PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide [Paperback]

Larry Ullman
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May 21 2003 0321186486 978-0321186485 1
When static HTML pages no longer cut it, you need to step up to dynamic, database-driven sites that represent the future of the Web. In PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide, the author of best-selling guides to both the database program (MySQL) and the scripting language (PHP) returns to cover the winning pair in tandem—the way users work with them today to build dynamic sites using Open Source tools. Using step-by-step instructions, clearly written scripts, and expert tips to ease the way, author Larry Ullman discusses PHP and MySQL separately before going on to cover security, sessions and cookies, and using additional Web tools, with several sections devoted to creating sample applications. A companion Web site includes source code and demonstrations of techniques used in the volume. If you're already at home with HTML, you'll find this volume the perfect launching pad to creating dynamic sites with PHP and MySQL.

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Larry Ullman is the Director of Digital Media Technologies and Lead PHP Programmer at DMC Insights, Inc., a firm specializing in information technology. In addition to writing, Larry develops dynamic Web applications, conducts training seminars, and is an Extension Instructor for the University of California at Berkeley.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Tutorial June 4 2003
I'm a newbie to both PHP and MySQL on Mac OS X. I'm learning from this book and from the PHP/MySQL for Dummies. This is the better book. It has lots of good information, clear writing, and easy to follow tutorials. The graphic display of PHP code is very easy to follow: as the author modifies scripts to teach new concepts, the new code is presented in red in the code listings. In just a few days I've gone from knowing nothing about PHP and MySQL to writing my own PHP code. If you're trying to learn how to use PHP and MySQL this is the book to get (along with the MySQL users manual).
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book, albeit slightly advanced. April 30 2004
This is a GREAT book. It is straight forward and very easy to follow. Larry explains the MySQL queries and PHP coding very clearly. His examples walk you through creating your own scripts. He also explains every script very well in the book. His website is a great addition to this book. He has all of the scripts up on the site, as well as a forum for help with scripts.
However, the only gripe I have is that it is not written for a beginner. It does kind of require experience with a programming language. I, myself, know JavaScript and had a few troubles with the scripts. However, a beginner could still pick up this book and learn everything. It might take longer and more thought, but it would still be possible.
There are some parts in this book that are unclear, also. Some of the scripts were hard to decipher with his explination. However, these problems were easily overcome with help from my webhost.
Overall, this is a GREAT book. I would recommend it to anyone who has at least some background with programming. I would also recommend it to any beginner who has the patience to sit and contemplate the different concepts. The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars, was that it might be hard for the beginner to pick up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!! March 20 2004
This is an excellent book. This book teaches what it claims to teach amazingly well. Well done Mr. Larry.
And u know what? Larry Ullman also answers all your questions on the book's website. If u get stuck even on your first PHP script, Larry will personally help you in the forums. Now this is not what we normally get. A great book and FREE support on the website by the AUTHOR himself!!! WOW!!
Amazon should give him Book of the Year award along with Julie Meloni's "PHP Essentials".
If you are completely new to programming and you only know HTML and CSS and want to learn PHP (along with MySQL), "PHP Essentials" by Julie Meloni is the best book.
If you have some basic programming experience like JavaScript or C or any similar language, then Larry's "PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide" IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!!!.
This book does not teaches you the very basics of programming so if you are inexperienced in programming, get Julie's book... If u know a little programming, get Larry's book.
Just excellent book.
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This book is, to say the very least, the finest computer book I have read in a very, very long time. I have spent the last three months trying to learn how to use PHP and MySQL to build a website with a simple content management system, however, due to the grossly unethical practice that publishing companies have of releasing books that are filled with editing and other errors, along with authors who are completely unable to write even a simple complete sentence that may be understood by their readers, I had nearly given up. Specifically, I have already WASTED money on the following books:
Creating Interactive Websites with PHP and Web Services by Eric Rosebrock - this book crashes around page 100 - it COULD have been a good book but is filled with errors that make it unusable. The publisher, Sybex, refuses to publish a real errata sheet and the book is NOT supported on the author's web site. Isn't that nice?
PHP MySQL Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution by Chris Lea, Mike Buzzard, Jessey White-Cinis, and Dilip Thomas. Good luck if you can get past just page 30! Considering this book has been out for some time, there is NO REAL support or errata sheet for it. The "sample site" that one is allegedly able to build by working through this book is filled with questions such as "Has anyone made it all the way to the end of this book?" Need I say more? What a joke.
MySQL/PHP Database Applications, SECOND EDITION. Gosh, considering this is the SECOND edition of this book, one might think an errata sheet and other help might be available. Forget that though - Wiley gets your money, you get plastered with errors so you can't get through the book.
PHP and MySQL Web Development by Luke Welling and Laura - Another USELESS second edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book Dec 10 2003
By Ian
Fantastic book
I would rate myself as having intermediate programming skills, but I was new to PHP. This book was great, it's good for an intermediate level and it's a no nonsense kind of book. Everything you learn how to do in this book is a practical application that if you are a web designer/developer you will most likely need to know at some point in time. The intro is short and sweet, and the author never goes on to long about one topic. Once a topic is learned it is used throughout the book. I have had the book for about 2 weeks now and I am almost done reading it and getting ready to apply some knowledge to my next project. The two chapters on SQL were also great, its like getting two books in one.
I can't recommend this book enough; it was so nice to get a book that actually teaches practical things at a fast pace. The layout shows a lot of repetitive code, but in some ways this is good since it only takes you a moment to glance at the code and recognize where the new code is, and how it applies to what you have already learned, as it is in red and the old code you have learned in early chapters is black. I like this because when books only show the new code you need to be in front of a computer to see how it all fits together, with this book you can just site on the couch and analyze the code as a whole.
Really good book, now I want to pick up his advanced PHP book by Larry Ullman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Larry Ullman is the best!
This has been one book that has been very useful to me. The code he provides (including the downloads from his site) and his detailed explanations not only help you in learning the... Read more
Published on May 27 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Would make a great beginning PHP/MySQL class textbook
I noticed that there is a new edition that covers PHP 5 so you might want to check for the most recent edition. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Robert V
5.0 out of 5 stars Good start to learn PHP/MySQL from beginning until Advance
I gain great experience in learning PHP/MySQL using the book. I love it very much. Now, I have adequate knowledge and skills to develop a web application.
Published on June 23 2004 by bibicheah
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This book is well worth the money. It does a great job of covering the use of php, mysql, and web deisgn in general. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by Jeremy N. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars With this book you will REALLY learn PHP.
I have a read a few books on PHP prior to purchasing this one. Although I have used them to successfully cut and paste my way to a dynamic website, they didn't actually teach me... Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by J. Monty
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book - one big beef
This book has one major fault which brings down its readability. It has the code in a box, but then describes the code in step-by-step instructions. Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by "tom_strong"
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok. Covers basics.
I've tried many PHP books. This one seems to be alright, it does explain smoothly how to start coding in PHP utlizing mySQL database. Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by Konrad Szpirak
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is a great book for a beginner. I had no experience with PHP or mySQL before reading this book, but in 1 week i finished the book, and within 3 days later, had a complete... Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by "banthony1"
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book, great support and real world code samples!
This is a great book. The author's clear, concise writing style and practical code samples make this book as informative as it is enjoyable. Read more
Published on March 20 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Refresher
I coded a bit in PHP briefly quite awhile ago. I grabbed this book and really enjoy the layout and tone. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004
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