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  • Paperback: 1080 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 7 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764557467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764557460
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you already are a programmer from another language this book is just fine but if you are a beginner stay away from it. You're better off reading something from the WROX publishers to learn PHP and the MySQL Tutorial from MySQL AB.
This book covers a lot of PHP but the examples are awful and the layout of them are even worse.
Altough they recommend some coding standard, they unfortunately do not implent it in the examples themselves.
The chapters jump back and forth and if you like to know something about object orientated programming in PHP then stay away from this book. It will not teach you, but it is merely a explanation for C or Java programmers.
This is not really a PHP5 book, but a brushed up PHP4 book. The MySQL version examples are still 4.0, which suprices me as 4.1 is released at the same time as PHP5 and has some important changes regarding PHP. The authors of this book did only explain one chapter MySQL with MyISAM tables and there is nothing to be found for the InnoDB version.
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This book is an excellent resource for PHP and MySQL with a very good chapter on Object Oriented Programming, project examples, and actual case studies. I would highly recommend this book for all developers who desire to sharpen their skills and start programming with the advanced techniques of the new version of PHP.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Very thorough; easy to understand Aug. 7 2004
By Nolan D. - Published on Amazon.com
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While I'm not finished reading it all (over 1,000 pages) I have to say that I now understand PHP and MySQL so much better than before. I previously purchased the "Visual Quickstart Guide - PHP" and "Visual Quickpro Guide - Advanced PHP" but have to say this book is so much better. It goes through everything you need to know in seperate chapters and provides text on the why's and how's of PHP. For anyone who has tried taking the advice of many and "RTFM" but has become overwhelmed, this book is great. (I'm definitly not saying forget the online manual; it is essential.)

Thank you PHP5 and MySQL Bible.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
educational AND entertaining Sept. 26 2005
By . - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not meant to be a profound cache of code-snippets. Indeed there are some coding errors. I freely admit that I learned raw html "OJT" years ago, with little reason or time to learn anything more involved that wasn't required of me. I was a designer, typesetter and layout hanger, not a programmer. I have no experience in C or in Java. Call me a programmer groupie, I have dozens of family, friends and acquaintances who program miracles daily in all different alleys while I play a "very aesthetic game of tiddleywinks". When I began getting clients who wanted websites that DID things instead of just glorified yellow-page ads, this "turkey" asked all of the "eagles" which way to turn -- they looked at what I needed and what paths that might lead to, and they all said PHP. I started playing around with canned PHP webapps about two years ago, and I quickly picked up how to install mods and then modify those same mods no sweat, but even with a few different sorts of PHP/MySQL in 24 hours, one week, etc. books -- I never really understood the WHY's and HOW's of the GUTS of those webapps [framework, huh?!], let alone how to create even the simplest of freestanding flat calls, all of which have recently begun to make my life SO much easier. I quickly learned that those 24 hours/one week/etc. style books are ALMOST STRICTLY made for folks with C and Java experience even though the books desperately claim otherwise. Why did I choose this book? Because a few friends of mine who have been working with PHP since near the beginning told me that this was one of the few version'd books that always has a worthwhile amount to offer both beginners and seasoned pro's, as well as everyone in between. I actually started reading this one cover to cover, and was not the slightest bit disappointed in my investment. Let me clarify -- I actually COULD read this one cover to cover without wondering what magical decoder ring I was missing. Instead of a code snippet "Instant PHP" book, I finally wound up with one that I can look at the examples in the book, and without even trying the examples verbatim, write my own similar but original code for what *I* want to accomplish. I don't know Jane Adams, I am not her banker, and I don't know what I would do with her recipe database so 6 page long examples of how to code any of that to be used verbatim in 24 hours are of little value to me. Yes, the book jumps around -- there's a heck of a lot to cover here! 1000+ pages might seem rather hefty, but it has been a godsend for me. Take the reviews however you will; I found it extremely educational AND entertaining, and having seen dog-earred copies in the offices of some of said "eagles" -- I am fairly certain there is some great stuff in here for PHP pro's too. If you really feel the need, give it a few minutes at your local bookshop -- then come back to Amazon for the killer discount. You won't be disappointed!
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Dry, long winded, and not even funny.. Sept. 10 2004
By Gregory C. Donald - Published on Amazon.com
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Do not bother to get "PHP5 and MySQL Bible" unless you're a complete PHP beginner.

The one OO chapter is not much more than is in the PHP manual. I got it and wish I hadn't. Overall it's long-winded and the humor is dry. Tons of useless chatter in between the information you really want.

I have read this book in whole and these are the facts as I know them.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Worth Reading Aug. 29 2005
By Ali - Published on Amazon.com
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As the other reviewers have stated, there are quite a few code errors. However, I was impressed by the content. The dialog within the book is comprehensive as well as enjoyable. This is not a dry manual. It does jump around, but with so much covered, there's no correct navigational path to develop each topic in succession. I found it great to read the book, but create my own code based on examples found in the book. (Copying the code line by line didn't help me. However, copying the general information contained really expanded my knowledge.) This is a book for beginner and intermediate programmers interested in PHP.
Outstanding Bookk! July 25 2013
By Robert David - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall, I was very impressed with this book, like most books in the Bible series. Everything they seem to cover is pretty well covered. Like others have said, the writers "writing" style is going to be hit or miss with some people. I found it a little dry but it had little impact on me. Some of the more advanced concepts of php aren't very well covered. If you are looking for a more in depth look at OOP programming with php, this book only gets you started. The rest of the general information about php is pretty solid though.

Only down side, the author doesn't always show examples that follow the "normal" programming conventions that they talk about.

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