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2.0 out of 5 stars Learn PHP with this book??, April 7 2006
This review is from: PHP Web Development with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 (Paperback)
If you want to learn about PHP, MySQL and how to do it in Dreamweaver, it could be a good book, since it's almost the only one... But if you really want to learn PHP and/or MySQL, buy a book on that topic.
This book is more about Dreamweaver than PHP.
First chapter: a rapid introduction to PHP. Didn't learn anything, but may be good if you're new to PHP.
Second chapter: MySQL. The same as for chapter one.
Chapter 3: Introduction to Dreamweaver. I hope if you want to work with PHP in DW that you already know DW a bit... If not, it may help, but it's very low level.
Chapter 4: Web standards in DW... Did I buy the right book? I was looking to know how to program in PHP with DW...
Chapter 5: Data manipulationand Server behaviors... ahh, finally... but VERY disapointing. It's the only chapter really on the subject, and it's just a quick overview.
Chapter 6: Code reuse with DW... Chapter 7: DW extensions... Hello?? It's supposed to be a book on PHP!!
Chapter 8: Debugging and error handling...
Chapter 9: an example (about 20% of the whole book...). Haven't read it yet... It's my last hope to save the book a one star score... Hope it's well done and I can use it to teach PHP with DW. (Did't tell you... it was supposed to be a book that I would use to teach DW and PHP... Don't think I'll use much of it).
So, this is really a tiny introduction to PHP. If you're serious about learning PHP, buy a book on that topic. There are some tools in DW to help you with that, but many aren't even touched in this book and the others are just fly over.
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