Effortless E-Commerce with PHP and MySQL Paperback – Oct 21 2010
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About the Author
PHP expert Larry Ullman has written several best-selling books on the topic, including the previous edition of this guide. In addition, he serves as the Director of Digital Media Technology at DMC Insights and teaches numerous classes on PHP.
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I would like to give it 5 stars for its content, but the 1 star left out is for the following reasons. ALL softwares have their own little quirks to be mastered. For a starter, on a practical level, sometimes opting to download an older version of a freeware is more productive than the latest version. The older version may have been worked on longer and by larger crowds. So when you do all the rules right, but you still get stuck on resolving an issue, you will find more solutions by googling. For the older versions, there are more fixes. I will specifically recommend getting the older version when setting up your local host. I've spent many days trying to figure what I was doing wrong. It turned out to be a bug in their programming and not resolved yet.
For starters, it is a 5 star index on keeping things organized, be it in your head or putting into practice. You will know what to expect when building a business/shopping website. The book gives you a clear path of what to do next, where to look, tips to crucial security measures, and most importantly, the importance of data handling. Even if some technical item doesn't make sense, just follow the author's instructions.
As Larry Ullman also indicates, this is not a php/mysql reference book. Manuals for php language or the mysql can be found online. Mr. Ullman is giving you the practical tools to implement for your start-up e-business. Which I found is a good level to start up with.
I am not a novice to computing. I worked many years in building databases, but even to me, Mr. Ullman had a few tricks to teach.Read more ›
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When I heard that this book was being published my first thought was "too late to help me." When I received my copy, I realized that I was wrong. Even though I spent years as a professional network programmer, and my website was already written, I am still in the process of rewriting large parts of my website because of the excellent information in this book.
If you're a web developer, this book is for you. Even if you aren't going to write everything yourself, this book will still help you understand the important concepts such as security, PCI, user accounts and site administration.
The book does assume a certain amount of experience with PHP and mySQL. That's the best part though, unlike any other author I've ever read, Larry Ullman has a website with useful forums and he answers nearly every question himself. Have a question about figure 7.2? With this book you can get an answer.
Here are some important things I've learned from this book:
- how to write highly readable code and prevent common vulnerabilities
- how to incorporate different payment gateways
- how to use and build mysql stored procedures
- how to use the .htaccess file to make a directory entirely unavailable
- how to improve the search engine rankings of a site creating the so-called "pretty" URLs
- how to write and use php prepared statements that use fewer resources and thus run faster.(If you ever asked yourself how to make multiple inserts or multiple updates using a single query... this is the way.)
Thank you Larry Ullman
He talks a lot about internet security, SSL, and server configuration ... all which are extremely important when it comes to e-commerce. If you are just starting to learn php or mysql, I would highly recommend one of his other books such as "Beginning PHP" or "PHP & MySQL" .. that is where I started 6 years ago.
Larry has taught me a lot and has helped me become a more valuable developer.
P.S. Hey Larry ... idea for next book: M-commerce (mobile e-commerce) using PHP/MySQL
This is the third PHP book written by Larry Ullman that I've read in the last 6 months, PHP 6 and Mysql 5 for Dynamic Websites:Visual Quickstart and PHP 5 Advanced: Visual Quickpro being the other two.
As with the other two titles, the thing I like most about Effortless E-commerce is the online support. On Larry Ullman's website is a support forum where you can post questions or problems with the exercises in any one of his books. Within hours Larry himself will have the answers needed to get you unstuck, so that you don't spend hours blindly troubleshooting problems and getting distracted from the remainder of the book.
A must read for any beginner to intermediate programmer serious about learning PHP.
Many reviewers tend to highlight the specific functionality presented in a volume, and while Effortless E-Commerce has all of the relevant functionality needed to build a working e-commerce site that accepts payments, manages orders, products and customers, what is best about this book is the modular fashion in which it is written. There is no perfect solution to any application development project; chances are no tech book will contain all the answers to the myriad requirements of a given project. Yet the way Effortless E-Commerce is structured, a developer with a little intuition can pick and choose from the functional pieces presented, and build out a site to suit his or her needs. Even better, many of these pieces of functionality are independent of e-commerce. For example, the registration and login system presented can be re-used across many different types of applications, while the Paypal or AuthNet integration examples can be used to make a simple payment page outside of a traditional shopping cart application.
Overall, Effortless E-Commerce is a book every PHP developer should own. Highly recommended.
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