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Dreamweaver MX: PHP Web Development Paperback – Jul 30 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (July 30 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764543873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764543876
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.1 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 513 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,990,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher

This book is for web professionals who want to use Dreamweaver MX to produce PHP web sites. It doesn't assume any knowledge of PHP. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

PHP is one of the most popular server-side scripting languages available. It’s powerful and easy to learn. Combined with MySQL, a fast, cross-platform, and free open source database, it makes a very effective tool for developing database-driven web sites.

This book is all about developing PHP/ MySQL web sites with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, the premier visual web site design tool. It will show you how to use Dreamweaver MX to rapidly develop database-driven PHP web applications with the minimum of fuss.

Throughout the book we use a real-world example application, a hotel room booking system, to demonstrate just how easily you can quickly build dynamic PHP sites with Dreamweaver MX.

Includes

This book will show you:

  • Overview of Dreamweaver MX, PHP, and MySQL
  • Designing the site
  • Using server behaviors to interact with the database
  • Hand coding and debugging in Dreamweaver

Who is this book for?

This book is for web professionals looking to develop database-driven PHP web applications using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX. Some knowledge of HTML and web design is assumed, but you don’t need to know any PHP or MySQL.

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Format: Paperback
While the content of the book is potentially good, anybody who needs a little handholding might get lost quickly as the author does not give much background information and skips many steps that are second nature to proficient developers. This is where the beginner puts this book away and the intermediate user struggles with finding more information on how-to-do a particular thing. (This starts with the setup of a Apache / MySQL / PHP server and ripples thru the whole book.)
In addition to the content, the book is slightly disorganized and not the easiest reading material. Not so much because of difficulty but because of writing style.
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By Jim G on July 13 2003
Format: Paperback
The book seamed perfect to help me learn PHP and MYSQL using DWMX. Too bad it's so full of errors and mistakes. Remeber trying to learn how to drive a car. Now imagine trying to learn on a car that stalls and breaks down constantly. That's what the book feels like to me. I find myself trouble shooting all the code and that is pretty hard when you are just learning.
There is no CD but you can download SOME of the code. Having a final (working) version of the site would have made all the errors stand out a bit more.
I am learnig from it, it's just a bit frustrating and slow.
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I'm very disappointed with this book. For someone just starting their journey in PHP, it simply has too many mistakes in the code presented on the pages of the book. Learning to program is hard enough without the help of wrongly printed code in a book that is suppose to be teaching the subject. After 3 day of frustation I go to the site only to find out they no longer support the book. They do however have an Errata page where you will find many corrections to the code which after some more time got the basic booking system to work. Then After a day on chaper 9 with a list of the corrections from the website in hand, I could not get the admin section to work so I download the code pages for chapter 9 from the site, and find they doesn't work either. I like the explanations on the subject and the layout of the book but damn I think a programming book should spend whatever time it takes to get the code right. I make my share of typos not to mention spelling but I don't write or sell books. This book is about teaching code and it seem to me someone could have spent more time making sure at least the code was correct. It's obvious these guys know what they are doing I just wish it had been better edited.
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This book might be okay if you are already a PHP developer who wants to learn to use Dreamweaver MX, but if you want to learn PHP you are better off buying an introductory book on PHP, because you will have virtually no understanding of how to create a website using PHP from this book. The book is written more for someone already proficient in PHP who wants to learn DWMX. If you do buy this book, you can save yourself a lot of trouble by skipping the introductory chapters on installing PHP, MySQL and Apache by downloading a free pre-configured executable like SWAMP from Sourceforge (swamp.sourceforge.net). They were obviously in a real rush to get this book to print, the amount of errata is unacceptable, sometimes entire pages need to be crossed out with the correct text written in by hand. Print out the errata pages from their website before you do anything else. The book has a written by committee feel, with glaring omissions and where some of the pages seem to be in reverse order. Regarding the sample projects there is hardly no explanation of what you are doing or why you are doing it so you aren't really learning anything unless you already know PHP, you're just performing tasks by rote. Half-way through the book I decided I was wasting my time and bought "SAMS Teach yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache in 24 Hours". By contrast it is well done. Maybe when I finish it I'll try using this book again to try to learn how to use DWMX with PHP if no other books are available. I give this book 2 stars because there aren't any other books yet incorporating PHP and DWMX, otherwise I'd give it 1 star. This is the first Glasshaus book I've bought or read, and probably the last. Hopefully better books will be available soon.
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I am an experienced Dreamweaver user and with the release of Dreamweaver MX I was inspired to take advantage of the new server capabilities (and my expensive DSL) and set up a web server. I needed to know PHP fast and this book is hands down the most complete introductory crash course available. I am, as i type this, buying the follow-up to this book called Advanced PHP Web Developement.
The biggest strengths of this book are that it gets you initiated into the exclusive and close-knit PHP club pretty quickly. And even better, it tells you how to do this using the provided Dreamweaver MX tools.
After mastering this book and devouring sections of it, you will be thirsting for more knowledge and scouring php bulletin boards for answers to your questions.
This book is a must-have for people looking to dive head first into the world of open source web developement and server-side scripting without drowning.
You will however find that this book is really only good for beginners and that you will very quickly find the plateau, leaving you grasping for more. But that is why I am buying the advanced php book: because I am ready for it now.
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