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Luke Welling , Laura Thomson
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Book Description

Oct. 1 2008 9780672329166 978-0672329166 4
PHP and MySQL Web Development, Fourth Edition
The definitive guide to building database-drive Web applications with PHP and MySQL

PHP and MySQL are popular open-source technologies that are ideal for quickly developing database-driven Web applications. PHP is a powerful scripting language designed to enable developers to create highly featured Web applications quickly, and MySQL is a fast, reliable database that integrates well with PHP and is suited for dynamic Internet-based applications.

PHP and MySQL Web Development shows how to use these tools together to produce effective, interactive Web applications. It clearly describes the basics of the PHP language, explains how to set up and work with a MySQL database, and then shows how to use PHP to interact with the database and the server.

This practical, hands-on book includes numerous examples that demonstrate common tasks such as authenticating users, constructing a shopping cart, generating PDF documents and images dynamically, sending and managing email, facilitating user discussions, connecting to Web services using XML, and developing Web 2.0 applications with Ajax-based interactivity.

The fourth edition of PHP and MySQL Web Development has been thoroughly updated, revised, and expanded to cover developments in PHP 5 through version 5.3, such as namespaces and closures, as well as features introduced in MySQL 5.1.


Part I: Using PHP

1 PHP Crash Course
2 Storing and Retrieving Data
3 Using Arrays
4 String Manipulation and Regular Expressions
5 Reusing Code and Writing Functions
6 Object-Oriented PHP
7 Error and Exception Handling

Part II: Using MySQL
8 Designing Your Web Database
9 Creating Your Web Database
10 Working with Your MySQL Database
11 Accessing Your MySQL Database from the Web with PHP
12 Advanced MySQL Administration
13 Advanced MySQL Programming

Part III: E-Commerce and Security
14 Running an E-Commerce Site
15 E-commerce Security Issues
16 Web Application Security
17 Implementing Authentication with PHP and MySQL
18 Implementing Secure Transactions with PHP and MySQL

Part IV: Advanced PHP Techniques
19 Interacting with the File System and the Server
20 Using Network and Protocol Functions
21 Managing the Date and Time
22 Generating Images
23 Using Session Control in PHP
24 Other Useful Features

Part V: Building Practical PHP and MySQL Projects

25 Using PHP and MySQL for Large Projects
26 Debugging
27 Building User Authentication and Personalization
28 Building a Shopping Cart
29 Building a Web-Based Email Service
30 Building a Mailing List Manager
31 Building Web Forums
32 Generating Personalized PDF Documents
33 Connecting to Web Services with XML and SOAP
34 Building Web 2.0 Applications with Ajax

Part VI: Appendixes
Appendix A: Installing PHP and MySQL
Appendix B: Web Resources

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“This book by Welling & Thomson is the only one which I have found to be indispensable.The writing is clear and straightforward but never wastes my time.The book is extremely well laid out.The chapters are the right length and chapter titles quickly take you where you want to go.”
—Wright Sullivan, President,A&E
Engineering, Inc., Greer South Carolina

“There are several good introductory books on PHP, but Welling & Thomson is an excellent handbook for those who wish to build up complex and reliable systems. It’s obvious that the authors have a strong background in the development of professional applications and they teach not only the language itself, but also how to use it with good software engineering practices.”
—Javier Garcia, senior telecom engineer,
Telefonica R&D Labs, Madrid

“This book rocks! I am an experienced programmer, so I didn’t need a lot of help with PHP syntax; after all, it’s very close to C/C++. I don’t know a thing about databases, though, so when I wanted to develop a book review engine (among other projects) I wanted a solid reference to using MySQL with PHP. I have O’Reilly’s mSQL and MySQL book, and it’s probably a better pure-SQL reference, but this book has earned a place on my reference shelf…Highly recommended.”
—Paul Robichaux

“The true PHP/MySQL bible, PHP and MySQL Web Development by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson, made me realize that programming and databases are now available to the commoners. Again, I know 1/10000th of what there is to know, and already I’m enthralled.”
—Tim Luoma,

From the Back Cover

PHP and MySQL Web Development teaches you to develop dynamic, secure, commerical Web sites. Using the same accessible, popular teaching style of the three previous editions, this book has been thoroughly updated to reflect the rapidly changing landscape of MySQL and PHP. This fourth edition incorporates changes in the 5.1 specs of PHP and MySQL, as well as reflecting new trends in Web development in general. Some new highlights include coverage of Ajax, social networking sites, security concerns, and the PEAR repository of PHP extensions and applications.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ease of understanding May 28 2009
This book is written in a style that allows for ease of understanding. The contents are detailed enough to address most needs (not all) and provide code example throughout. Particularly appreciated is the detailed index which facilitates finding the appropriate section of the book when dealing with a specific issue.

I am ny PHP/MySQL expert but this reference book is what I needed to start learning about both these products. I expect to have to move to more detailed manuals if and when I encounter advanced issues, but this was expected from the get go.

Recommended for the beginner to intermediate programmer in this field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really useful book Jan. 10 2013
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I have a java background and this book is really changing my view about php. Explains topics in details over a real world project.
I recomend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! June 21 2012
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This book has everything you need to know about PHP and MySql. With this book and some work on your part, you are well on your way to being an well trained PHP/MySql programmer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PHP and MySQL Web Development (Paperback) May 11 2012
By Chris
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I am an absolute beginner in php and I've attempted to learn from other books what php is all about, but failed. All previous books make a vast amount of assumptions of what you know, and don't give you any hands on practice, but only php codes that make no sense to a beginner.

I have completed the first 2 chapters and I am amazed. If the rest of the book is as good, I give it 5-star+. Just from the first two chapters I know how to convert a static form to dynamic using php.

PS I only have some html and css knowledge, and I've taken a MySQL course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginner dynamic web develolpers Oct. 19 2010
By Greg
This book does a great job of introducing novice dynamic website developers to the world of php and mysql. It starts at zero and brings you up to speed at a good pace, while covering all of the basics. It even discusses Ajax and Web 2.0, so that the reader understands how to get from php and mysql to the smooth web applications that we have come to expect.
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