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PHP 5: Your visual blueprint for creating open source, server-side content [Kindle Edition]

Toby Boudreaux

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* Now revised to cover features found in PHP4 and PHP5, this new edition shows Web developers step by step how to create dynamic, data-driven Web applications
* Two-color screen shots accompanied by concise callouts demonstrate how to tackle more than 100 key PHP tasks, including using cookies to monitor the activity of Web site visitors, retrieving information from MySQL or other databases, creating images and Web pages on the fly, and processing XML documents
* Shows how to use PHP with Apache Web server, process data forms, access data files, troubleshoot PHP scripts, and migrate scripts to PHP5
* A companion Web site features a fully searchable e-version of the book, plus all code that appears in the text-ready to plug into users' Web pages

From the Back Cover

PHP 5

Welcome to the only guidebook series that takes a visual approach to professional-level computer topics. Open the book and you'll discover step-by-step screen shots that demonstrate over 150 key PHP 5 techniques, including:

  • Setting file and folder permissions
  • Using interfaces
  • Writing object-oriented code
  • Processing data in forms
  • Using cookies to manage visitors
  • Working with databases using MySQLi and SQLite
  • Migrating scripts to PHP 5
  • Parsing XML files using DOM
  • Transforming XML with XSLT
  • Troubleshooting PHP scripts

"Like a lot of other people, I understand things best when I see them visually. Your books really make learning easy and life more fun."
—John T. Frey (Cadillac, MI)


Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12143 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (April 21 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001ULCFJC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,077 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friendly and Practical Reference June 7 2005
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Programming books tend to fall into two categories, learn by example and reference books. If you are new to programming, it's generally easier to start learning by example suspending your knowledge of everything a language can do in favor of examining a few simple scripts to learn the basics. Once you have written a number of small scripts, a good reference book can guide you in writing more complex and functional applications.

On the spectrum of how-to vs. reference, "PHP 5: Your visual blueprint for creating open source, server-side content" falls on the near-side of reference yet is organized in a practical solution based fashion. One of about six PHP books on my bookshelf (and perhaps only second to the php.net website), I find myself referring to this book more than any other reference. It is an excellent reference for things like recalling the syntax of a loop structure to the application of a loop in processing multiple form elements.

Beyond being a solution-based reference, two things I really like about this book is the consistent two-page layout for each concept - a short description followed by code - and code shown in an actual editor window. (I'm not sure what it is about seeing screenshots of code but it seems to sink in better than code formatted in plain text on a page. Hence the Visual approach.)

If you are new to web programming and are looking to buy your first PHP book then you may be better served with a learning through sample projects approach like "Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL" by Kevin Yank. In reviewing this book, expert programmers might scoff and say RTFM. For the rest of us somewhere along the PHP and programming learning curve, I believe this book serves as a friendly and practical reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop looking. This is what you need. Feb. 13 2006
By Robert Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
So satisfied with their first book - "PHP", I had to see if the second could be as informative and it was. The method of explaination in these books should be the model for all computer books. Nothing is over or under explained. While this book does not cover all that PHP has to offer, it does what it intended - making PHP easy for beginners to learn visually.
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes it easy to learn! Oct. 1 2008
By K. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book may not give every detail of the PHP language, but that's not the point. The idea is to give many very focused lessons on how to perform various programming techniques with PHP in very clear language and well-designed screenshots walking you through each step.

This title makes for both a great reference for old-timers, and has proven to me to be very helpful for learning even the most basic to some advanced techniques. Myself having a mid-level experience with PHP, it has really helped polish my fundamental skills.

I am waiting for the JavaScript Blueprint book, I hope it's as good as this one!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great material. Dec 18 2008
By Sherwood Wayne Waters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I highly recommend this book to anyone getting started in scripting or wanting to go futher with thier understanding of PHP. The book is layed out in a visual format so most people will have little if any trouble understanding what they are coding. You get to see the script, how it works and then what the outcome should be. If you are looking into scripting in PHP get this book! Also check out the other books in the visual blueprint series. I have enjoyed each and everyone and learned more than if I would have stubbled along seeking this information on the Internet.
2.0 out of 5 stars I love this book BUT....the kindle version sux. March 21 2014
By Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of my favorite suggestions for beginners to read,
is not even close to the same experience as the hard copy.

The book itself is worthy of five stars.

The issue is with the Kindle file...
Why did the digital copy turn greyscale?
It's an easy enough option to offer to color changing for
ease on the eyes and preference of individual readers.
This seams lazy and/or cheap of kindle/amazon.
I would like to see an update with a true representation of this wonderful book.

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