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Beginning PHP, Apache, MySQL Web Development Paperback – Mar 12 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (March 12 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764557440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764557446
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 3.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,342,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

PHP, Apache, and MySQL are the three key open source technologies that form the basis for most active Web servers. This book takes you step by step through understanding each – using it and combining it with the other two on both Linux and Windows servers.

This book will guide you through creating your own sites using the open source AMP model. You’ll learn to install PHP, Apache, and MySQL. Then you’ll create PHP Web pages, including database management and security. Finally, you’ll discover how to integrate your work with e-commerce and other technologies. By building different types of Web sites, you will progress from setting up simple database tables to tapping the full potential of PHP, Apache, and MySQL.

When you’re finished, you will be able to create well-designed, dynamic Web sites using open source tools.

What you will learn from this book

  • How PHP server-side scripting language works for connecting HTML-based Web pages to a backend database
  • Syntax, functions, and commands for PHP, Apache, and MySQL
  • Methods and techniques for building user-friendly forms
  • How to easily store, update, and access information using MySQL
  • Ways to allow the user to edit a database
  • E-commerce applications using these three technologies
  • How to set up user logins, profiles, and personalizations
  • Proper protocols for error handling

Who this book is for

This book is for beginners who are new to PHP and who need to learn quickly how to create Web sites using open source tools. Some basic HTML knowledge is helpful but not essential.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author

Michael “BuzzLY” Glass has been a gladiator in the software/Web site development arena for more than eight years. He has more than ten years of commercial programming experience with a wide variety of technologies, including PHP, Java, Lotus Domino, and Vignette StoryServer. He divides his time between computer programming, playing pool in the APA, and running his Web site at You can usually find him slinking around on the forums, where he is a moderator with the nickname BuzzLY.

Yann “Bunkermaster” Le Scouarnec is the senior developer for Jolt Online Gaming, a British gaming company. He is a moderator at and a developer of open source PHP software for the gaming community. He has also worked for major software corporations as a software quality expert.

Elizabeth Naramore has been programming with computers since a very young age, and, yes, she remembers when software was packaged on cassette tapes. Graduating from Miami University at age 20 with a degree in Organizational Behavior, she found a world of opportunity awaiting her—in corporate marketing. Her first love was always computers, however, and she found herself sucked back to the programming world in 1997 through Web site design and development (once a computer geek, always a computer geek). While she plans to return to Miami to get her Masters in Computer Science, she currently stays busy running several Web sites. Her main focus is in e-commerce and running
Elizabeth has spent the past six years developing Web sites and coordinating all phases of Web site publication and production. She is currently a moderator at, an online help center for PHP. Her other interests include poetry, arts and crafts, camping, and juggling the many demands of career, family, and the “other duties as assigned” that come along in life. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, beautiful daughter, and a new baby on the way.

Gary “trooper” Mailer. After graduation from university in 1998, Gary worked in a major software house in central London as a quality assurance engineer, and also as the departmental Web developer (using ASP). This gave him a taste of Web development. After a few years, he made the jump into full-time Web development and has not looked back since.
Gary has worked in a few different sectors, including communications (Siemens) and hotels (Hilton), as well as in “traditional” development houses.
He is currently a freelance developer for a European communications company. Gary has been and continues to be an active member of and contributor to the site.

Jeremy “stolzboy” Stolz is a Web developer at Cloverfish Inc. (, a Web development company in Fargo, North Dakota. Jeremy is primarily a PHP/MySQL developer, but he has also worked with many other languages. When not working, he frequents the Internet and tries to keep up his programming skills. He is a contributor to and moderator at He also frequents many other computer-related Web sites to keep his skills sharp and up to date.

Jason “goldbug” Gerner currently spends his days working as a Web developer in Cincinnati and burns free time complaining about lack of support for Web standards and abusing XML. He can often be found lurking in the discussion forums, waiting to chime in with nagging comments about CSS or code efficiency.

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By A Customer on May 17 2004
Format: Paperback
I was forced into the world of PHP, MySQL and Apache by my boss, and I wasn't sure which book to get. I chose this book and I thought it was great! I did see a few typos, but in a way it made me actually learn the stuff, instead of blindly typing away and hoping the programs worked. I understood what they were doing and it has made me catch my own mistakes too. For someone who didn't really know what they were doing, I feel like an expert now! And it was nice to have useable applications when I was done- we are actively using several of these now (such as the emailing script and the user/login script- and we have plans to do more). My boss thinks I'm a genius.
I was reading these other reviews and while I can't speak for other books, I had no problems with deprecated code (I never saw that "mysql_create_db" function once in the whole book and I've been through most of it already) or the missing sql script from chapter 6 (it was the same database used in chapters 3, 4, & 5.. duh!) so I don't know what's up with these other guys. But oh well to each his own.
At any rate, if you want a good primer, get this book.
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Unless you're looking for the challenge of picking out errors in code and fixing them yourself, do not buy this book. The syntax is awful and inconsistent. Minimal time is spent on explaining syntax and had me taking most of the code on faith. One part that should be considered a major blemish is where they tell you to use the script named "chapter6.mysql" and it is nowhere to be found. Can't continue without it though!
After posting a question to the p2p board, the official response was, "We are looking into this issue and hope to post a reply soon." That was in early April, and it's alredy almost mid-May. Still nothing. This shows the commitment the publishers and authors have to their books. I will never again buy a Wrox book.
If you still want to learn PHP and MySQL (minus Apache, which is discussed minimally in this book anyway), check out Larry Ullman's Visual QuickPro Guide "PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites." He is very thorough and is VERY clear about syntax as well as logic, and gives good examples.
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I have one word to say, Finally! This book is perfect for the newbie to PHP, Apache, MySQL. Though it only touches the surface of the AMP model it really gets you to roll your sleeves up and dig in. The code is explained very well and shouldn't give any troubles to someone who wants to learn how to build dynamic sites utilizing AMP. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because i haven't finished the book yet and did find a couple of errors in some of the codes. Though it was challenge, I was able to work through them as it should be when learning to program! However,I did feel the book was worthy of a good review and some "atta boys" way to go WROX!
This book is great, I mean "AWESOME" and worth every penny!
that's my take,
I'm out <><
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Overall the book is ok, I gave it 1 star because of the mysql statements they are using is the depreciated commands.
Example: mysql_create_db()
exerpt from [...]
Note: The function mysql_create_db() is deprecated. It is preferable to use mysql_query() to issue a SQL CREATE DATABASE Statement instead.
If you compile your php4 with mysql4, the depreciated command will not work and be very frustrating to a beginner.
exerpt from same page: This function will not be available if the MySQL extension was built against a MySQL 4.x client library.
I do expect errors in books as nothing is perfect. I would think though, that all the code they provide would have been tested before publishing.
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