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MySQL/PHP Database Applications Paperback – Jan 29 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (Jan. 29 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764535374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764535376
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 3.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,532,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In MySQL/PHP Database Applications, Jay Greenspan and Brad Bulger explain how to work with PHP and MySQL, primarily for applications you might use on a Web site. How could the combination of this capable pair--which is feature-rich, highly reliable, capable of dealing with large traffic volumes, and absolutely free of charge in most cases--be any better? Take the time to study the advice and work through your own tests of the concepts presented, and it's pretty much certain that you'll walk away with the knowledge you need to do serious development work with the PHP scripting language and the MySQL database server.

Rather than make up trivial programs just to illustrate aspects of the MySQL/PHP environment, this book features code snippets, half a page or so in length each, which illustrate the behaviour of key code structures. For example, in explaining conditional statements in PHP, the book gives you a no-frills IF statement with real values in place. It's not always obvious how the code structures will behave in practice, but the book does a consistently good job of commenting intelligently on the place of each aspect of the language in a well-designed application. The latter half attacks specific problems--a chat system, a guest book, and so on--and walks through the setup of MySQL and each important PHP function for each. --David Wall

Topics covered: The PHP server-side scripting language and the MySQL database server, explained for people who have neither a lot of database administration background nor programming experience. Matters of creating and querying databases, and of performing simple and advanced operations with PHP scripting, are covered adroitly.

From the Back Cover

MySQL/PHP Database Applications Affordable Open Source Solutions to E-Commerce Challenges In this unique guide, two Web development gurus show you how to harness the open source power of MySQL and PHP — and create high-performance Web database applications that won't break the bank. Using plenty of ready-to-run code and seven concrete examples — from a simple guestbook to a not-so-simple shopping cart — they walk you step-by-step through the process of building a MySQL database and writing real-world PHP applications. Best of all, they provide you with MySQL, PHP, and all their examples on the CD-ROM — which means that you're holding in your hands everything you need to jump-start an e-commerce project. Create High-Performance Database Applications for the Web

  • Find out what MySQL offers — and doesn't
  • Get up to speed on normal forms and other MySQL basics
  • Build MySQL tables with Structured Query Language
  • Extract database information with MySQL selects and functions
  • Work with PHP variables, control structures, and functions
  • Get tips on writing good code and using object-oriented techniques
  • Create simple applications: a guestbook and a survey
  • Develop more sophisticated applications: a catalog, a content manager, a threaded discussion, a problem tracking system, and a shopping cart
  • Discover helpful appendixes on HTML forms, MySQL utilities, PHP functions, and more
Bonus CD-ROM Includes
  • MySQL 3.23
  • PHP 4.0.3
  • Apache 1.3.12
  • PHP classes, libraries, utilities, and other tools
  • Ready-to-run code and example applications from the book
System Requirements PC running Windows 95 or later, Windows NT 4 or later, Linux or Unix. See Appendix J for more details and requirements. www.mandtbooks.com

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I have now purchased just about EVERY book I can find on using PHP and NOT ONE of them is capable of being completed from beginning to end due the the HORRENDOUS editing errors in them. This book, the 2nd Edition, no less, was the last in my now enormous collection of miserable books on PHP and seemed to have some promise. I was impressed with the fact that the author or publisher included the complete set of files in order to be uploaded you a live web server and, after spending a half an hour uploading those 10 megs (REALLY!) worth of files to my server thought that I might actually be able to finally get some files to work - silly me.
So, after spending several hours trying to determine EXACTLY which files needed to be altered in order to connect to both the database (oh gosh, even the NAME of that database is kept hidden) and to change the appropriate variables contained in the huge number of files, and then trying to mess around with the bogus files that allegedly will install and make the appropriate changes to the files on the server, have just GIVEN UP. What a NIGHTMARE.
Why, oh WHY can't a publisher put out a book with the code (and easy to find and read INSTRUCTIONS) that actually WORKS?!?!?!? Spending a few billion dollars on every book ever published on PHP and not getting a single one of them to WORK is nothing less than an outrage.
No, I'm not a complete computer programming "newbie" and yes, I've spent the last several months wasting time writing to publishers regarding the ERRORS in their books (to which they ALWAYS confirm the errors but fail to post them on their non-existent errata sheets).
I've HAD it.
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I have now purchased just about EVERY book I can find on using PHP and NOT ONE of them is capable of being completed from beginning to end due the the HORRENDOUS editing errors in them. This book, the 2nd Edition, no less, was the last in my now enormous collection of miserable books on PHP and seemed to have some promise. I was impressed with the fact that the author or publisher included the complete set of files in order to be uploaded you a live web server and, after spending a half an hour uploading those 10 megs (REALLY!) worth of files to my server thought that I might actually be able to finally get some files to work - silly me.
So, after spending several hours trying to determine EXACTLY which files needed to be altered in order to connect to both the database (oh gosh, even the NAME of that database is kept hidden) and to change the appropriate variables contained in the huge number of files, and then trying to mess around with the bogus files that allegedly will install and make the appropriate changes to the files on the server, have just GIVEN UP. What a NIGHTMARE.
Why, oh WHY can't a publisher put out a book with the code (and easy to find and read INSTRUCTIONS) that actually WORKS?!?!?!? Spending a few billion dollars on every book ever published on PHP and not getting a single one of them to WORK is nothing less than an outrage.
No, I'm not a complete computer programming "newbie" and yes, I've spent the last several months wasting time writing to publishers regarding the ERRORS in their book (to which they ALWAYS confirm the errors but fail to post them on their non-existent errata sheets).
I've HAD it. DON'T BOTHER with this book until an errata sheet has been posted AND detailed instructions are provided on configuring the code to work on your server.
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I have now purchased just about EVERY book I can find on using PHP and NOT ONE of them is capable of being completed from beginning to end due the the HORRENDOUS editing errors in them. This book, the 2nd Edition, no less, was the last in my now enormous collection of miserable books on PHP and seemed to have some promise. I was impressed with the fact that the author or publisher included the complete set of files in order to be uploaded you a live web server and, after spending a half an hour uploading those 10 megs (REALLY!) worth of files to my server thought that I might actually be able to finally get some files to work - silly me.
So, after spending several hours trying to determine EXACTLY which files needed to be altered in order to connect to both the database (oh gosh, even the NAME of that database is kept hidden) and to change the appropriate variables contained in the huge number of files, and then trying to mess around with the bogus files that allegedly will install and make the appropriate changes to the files on the server, have just GIVEN UP. What a NIGHTMARE.
Why, oh WHY can't a publisher put out a book with the code (and easy to find and read INSTRUCTIONS) that actually WORKS?!?!?!? Spending a few billion dollars on every book ever published on PHP and not getting a single one of them to WORK is nothing less than an outrage.
No, I'm not a complete computer programming "newbie" and yes, I've spent the last several months wasting time writing to publishers regarding the ERRORS in their book (to which they ALWAYS confirm the errors but fail to post them on their non-existent errata sheets).
I've HAD it. DON'T BOTHER with this book until an errata sheet has been posted AND detailed instructions are provided on configuring the code to work on your server.
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