Murach's PHP and MySQL Paperback – Nov 23 2010
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I am a self-taught developer, and my bookshelf is a sea of royal blue Murach texts. Nothing comes close to them for clear explanations and excellent real-world demos. --Phil Holbrook, IT Manager
About the Author
Joel Murach has been writing and editing books about computer programming for over 10 years. During that time, he has written extensively on a wide range of Java, .NET, web, and database technologies. When he's not programming or writing books about programming, he can be found surfing or writing music.
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is another good book from murach's
Good structure and examples and a good reference for
beginner and for pro.
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I have to say I love the Murach's style and organization, along with the clear, easy to understand writing. The organization of having descriptive text on the left side of the seam, and code samples and bullet points on the right side is perfect for both the newbie and the experienced alike, both as a step by step tutorial, and as a very convenient reference for professionals.
As for this particular title, we have a programming language that is pretty easy (PHP), and we also have an overall web platform and database. So the book has to explain general web programming and the difference between client side programming and server side programming, and the http messages that go between the two. And it has to explain database programming and in particular, MySQL, and then how PHP interacts with it. Finally, the book has to explain Apache and what it does as a web server. Then, the book has to tie it all together as a comprehensive whole, presenting it as an overall platform, and explain how to set up a development environment (nice choice in using XAMPP combined with NetBeans with the PHP plugin). It does all of this with the greatest of ease and logical flow, making it exceedingly easy for the newbie and the experienced alike to get up and running quickly, and have a thorough understanding of the the overall technologies.
Then, as an added bonus, and sadly missing in a lot of PHP/MySql books, is thorough coverage of the MVC design pattern, which any web application of any decent size and functionality should implement in one form or another. The book also gives good coverage of object oriented programming, something also missing in many PHP books (OOP is something that has really taken greater hold in PHP over the last 5 years or so). So, not only does the book get one up and running with PHP, Apache, and MySQL easily, quickly, and thoroughly, it also teaches and encourages solid design principles (MVC) and programming paradigms (OOP).
Finally, along with all of the great organization, ease of learning, and thorough coverage of the technologies and programming practice, this book is simply a pleasure to read. Any developer/techie/geek should enjoy it.
This book gets a solid 5 star rating all the way.
But then again, I've come to expect this with Murach's books. I can't recommend "Murach's PHP and MySQL", as well as other Murach's titles, highly enough.
The book seems to be aimed at absolute beginners, as evidenced by the quite basic 6 chapter introduction. After that you'll learn the essentials of PHP and SQL. For experienced programmers there won't be much new information, but beginners will have a field day with these chapters. The book ends with some more advanced topics: security and authentication, sending emails, file handling and image processing.
The book promises that you will "master" both PHP and MySQL. To be honest, it doesn't live up to that promise. It's good for beginners but it doesn't go far enough to call yourself a "master" afterwards. Several topics are handled too briefly, especially regular expressions and database normal forms. These are quite advanced topics yet they take up only 16 and 10 pages respectively. That's simply not enough. Another major flaw is the handling of SQL injection. It's mentioned briefly only once with the suggestion to search the Internet for more information. Given the lack of parameter validation in some examples I fear for security on web sites based on this book alone. One single page pair on the subject would probably have been enough.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of JavaRanch.com. This review has previously been submitted to JavaRanch.com.