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PHP and MySQL For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) by [Valade, Janet]
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Here's what Web designers need to know to create dynamic, database-driven Web sites

To be on the cutting edge, Web sites need to serve up HTML, CSS, and products specific to the needs of different customers using different browsers. An effective e-commerce site gathers information about users and provides information they need to get the desired result.

PHP scripting language with a MySQL back-end database offers an effective way to design sites that meet these requirements. This full updated 4th Edition of PHP & MySQL For Dummies gets you quickly up to speed, even if your experience is limited.

  • Explains the easy way to install and set up PHP and MySQL using XAMPP, so it works the same on Linux, Mac, and Windows
  • Shows you how to secure files on a Web host and how to write secure code
  • Packed with useful and understandable code examples for Web site creators who are not professional programmers
  • Fully updated to ensure your code will be compliant based on PHP 5.3 and MySQL 5.1.31
  • Provides clear, accurate code examples

PHP & MySQL For Dummies, 4th Edition provides what you need to know to create sites that get results.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Updated for PHP 5 and MySQL 4

Create dynamic, interactive Web pages on Windows®, Linux®, or Mac OS® X systems

Open up a whole new world of Web database applications with PHP and MySQL, the perfect open source pair! This handy guidebook shows you how, with sample applications of an online catalog and a members-only Web site. Get the scoop on security issues, set up your Apache Web server, design the ideal database, and more.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Plan and develop a Web database application
  • Design and build the database
  • Write custom PHP application programs
  • Work with numbers and character strings
  • Move information from one Web page to another

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11815 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (May 29 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003S9VTAK
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Have been using Valade's book to get up to speed to tweak someone's site, and was frustrated by a number of odd problems. Here are a couple of specific issues:
1. Software installation:
Valade gives onerous instructions for obtaining the open source software she covers, and COMPLETELY MISSES a number of resources that would have made things much simpler (hint: search and you'll find bundled install kits that roll together all the pieces you'll need).
2. Editors
She doesn't recommend any specific editors, but simply says, "many editors that are good for editing PHP are listed at...." and then directs you to one of those nasty sites that offers searches wrapped in sales pitches for domains. Again, there are lots of better places to send you to find editors.
Go and visit her website ([...]) before buying. It's primitive and has broken links (ironically, the errata page).
I'm still looking for a good primer on these subjects.
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By A Customer on April 19 2004
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I think this book is great purchase for a beginner. You don't have to know how to write programs or know anything about databases. All that information is in the book. There are lots of examples and the language is easy to understand. Some of the other reviews talk about mistakes in the programs and database, but I'm not so sure about that. Maybe that's because I have the second edition which just came out. This book is worth the money!
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HASH(0x9da47ccc) out of 5 stars A Useful Starting Place for PHP & MySQL June 7 2005
By Daniel Graf - Published on
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I found PHP & MySQL for DUMMIES by Janet Valade to be an extremely useful starting place for practicing those tools, and if your circumstances and needs are similar to mine, then you may find it helpful as well. I have a database that I want to serve on the web. I have some experience with relatively simple programming, including C, but I am not a programmer per se. At my work, I have access to a web-server running both MySQL and PHP and an administrator to make sure that they are working. I am also someone who likes to do things themselves so that the result matches precisely what is in my head. All that this dummy needed was an introductory lesson on the syntax and structure of these two "languages" and Valade provided it.

MySQL & PHP for DUMMIES uses the example of setting up an online catalog for a pet store, demonstrating how to build a multi-table database in MySQL that employs the various necessary components, e.g. user login, querying and formatting the output. The computer operations covered are simple enough to just read on the train (i.e., I didn't need to be seated at my computer running the exercises to understand them) and provide a good primer for the kinds of that I could do... that YOU could do too.

Having praised the book for what it is, I want to make clear what it is not. The index is almost useless and the functions of both MySQL and PHP are covered in only the most superficial way, so this For DUMMIES book is a poor reference for projects beyond the advanced beginner; it does not necessarily replace more comprehensive texts. For my own rudimentary dabblings in web databases, I now rely more upon the PHP and MySQL code I have already written based on what this book taught me than the book itself. But, MySQL and PHP for DUMMIES provided the framework for me to take the first baby steps towards a really flexible web-based database.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9da47d20) out of 5 stars Solid way to start with PHP June 20 2006
By Cole Marshall - Published on
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Prior to reading this book, I had no experience with an algorithmic programming language. All I knew was HTML. After sitting down with this book for a day or two, I was already programming in PHP. This book covers EVERYTHING you need to know to get started, and after programming in PHP for three years now, I still look back to this book as a very helpful reference.

I am disappointed to see dismal reviews of this book when it has been so helpful to me. Most of such reviews are written by people who are simply using the book to the wrong ends. Before buying this book, you'll want to make note of a few things:

-This book is perfect for people who only know HTML and want to expand their endeavors on the web. If you know another algorithmic programming language, chances are the bulk of this book will be filled with too much information you already know. For everyone else, the explanations are in depth enough to actually understand what the different aspects of PHP do.
-This book does not provide step-by-step tutorials. It gives you the information you need to create YOUR OWN programs. It provides examples of how a PHP program might be set up, but if you're attempting to make use of the examples line by line, you will be disappointed with the end result (and you will be cheating yourself, because you're just copying someone else's code, not learning the language).
-As I said, I use this book as a basic reference, one that is far easier to understand than the complex explanations in the PHP manual found on the Internet. A good half of this book acts as a layman's reference guide that's organized to help you learn PHP and MySQL.
-This book just jumpstarts you for using PHP and MySQL, and yes, eventually you will outgrow it, but that's not a shortcoming of the book. You'll learn everything the book has to teach you and then you'll want more. Once you're ready to take that next step, and it won't be long after you've exhausted this book, I suggest you pick up PHP Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for PHP Programmers to further your skills.
-Even after you seem to have learned everything you can from this book, you'll still want to keep it nearby. Every once in a while, I still reach for it to make sure I'm using the right syntax.

Without a doubt, this book will teach you what you've always wanted to learn about the most important language for the web right now.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dbb1018) out of 5 stars Perfect for Beginners April 29 2005
By Sam Hill - Published on
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This book was perfect for me. I thought the organization was great. I started at the beginning and worked through to the end. The information was there when I needed it. I didn't need to search around for anything and didn't feel that any information was missing. Everything worked just as the book said it would. I downloaded the programs, so I didn't even have to deal with my own typos.

This book is an introduction to PHP and MySQL for people who don't know anything about programming or databases. It's great for beginners. It might be a little too simple for people who already know how to program and use databases. The writing is easy to understand with lots of examples. In addition, there are two running examples that are used throughout the book, an online catalog and a user login. The last two chapters put everything together for the two examples.

I am talking about the second edition of this book. I didn't find ANY mistakes in this book, maybe because it's the second edition. Maybe the first edition had some mistakes. Amazon doesn't even sell the first edition any more.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dbb1534) out of 5 stars Excellent guide to PHP & MySQL but with few typos. Aug. 27 2006
By Ji M. Son - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book from my school library, but it was not easy to borrow this book from there because it was checked out everytime I was trying to look through the library catalog, despite there were about 2 ~ 4 books showed up as "checked out". And I have to say that, when I finally found this book from the shelf and checked it out, the included CD was checked out by someone else.

Let me start with the format of this book. I am pretty sure that quite a lot of people here mentioned this fact in their reviews, but I have to say that this book has one of most interesting types of format I have read from the computer learning books. The author, who appears to have a plenty of experiences and background in the Web design and the programming, is able to express the material clearly without any kind of bragging or lossing herself in the middle of explanation. Her main application theme is "a pet store," which she was demonstrating extensively at the Chapters 11 and 12 as an actual application that is usable.

Before jumping into the "pet store application," it is necessary to mention her other teaching approaches in the previous chapters. At the first few chapters, she definitely put the emphasis on planning out and organizing the structure of your database and website before jumping into typing. In fact, she continues this trend further in the later chapters by suggesting to go back to the Chapter 3, a chapter which is entirely dedicated to the creating the database structure with a pen and a paper, and coming back again on Chapter 10, which I felt as a sort of short review for what a reader read so far. And I belive this format is one of best, if not the best, because this somehow closely resembles a school textbook that requires you to master and to think about the subject to proceed. She also does not skip the possible commands or queries by putting in a neat table that shows the script with their description next to it.

But most helpful and joyful part of this book is the application. Because the application here is rather long while needs the understanding, I strongly believe it is not a wise idea to jump into the application without understanding solidly on PHP or MySQL from the previous chapters. However, I have read the book almost throughly, and I right now have created an internet order system of my own with the shopping cart in addition to the catalog. Well, the "shopping cart" was not mentioned in the book, but this book was constructed in such a way that you can actually build your own applications or modify others. And because she used the "pet" as her main subject of the application, it will definitely not turn down the most of readers who just hate to be simply geeks and get bored reading such subject in the book. And because the book actually shows the screenshots of the application and the results after running the application, you cannot help trusting that the application is actually going to work and be an awesome one at that.

There are some problems with the book, however. One serious problem is that there are quite many typos in the book that can give you some headache. However, if you follow the book well or have some common experiences in debugging in the programming, this will actually become a mental exercise for you to understand better. At least that is what I think... The second problem is that the book does not extend beyond the advanced topic. Hence, if you are an advanced PHP or MySQL programmer and bought this book, it is very possible that you are going to be disappointed. Nevertheless, this book was meant for beginning programmer and it does the job so well at least for that purpose. And I think some experienced programmers will find this as an interesting book to scan over.

Coming back to my story... I did not have the CD when I checked out this book, but I think you can find the list of some applications in the website of the author. And while I had experienced some headache in trying out to figure out what was wrong with my application while there were typos, if you got a CD or if you visit her website, which I did not yet, I think you are going to be far better ahead with this book. Yes, I have to admit that I had some experiences with the programming, but I think this will definitely be easy to read for the completely new comers as well. This, in fact, is a much better book that other Dummy book that was published with 5 topics in one(I am not saying which one). And I have finished with this book during the Summer, which was enough time to be more experienced with so called PHP and MySql and to develop my own shopping page application. Hope this helped you.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dbb154c) out of 5 stars Great Source March 19 2006
By Sean Odell - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent first step in learning PHP and MySql. Like any type of learning, you must be committed to obtain the best results. Your commitment and this book is an excellent beginning to knowing and understanding PHP and MySql.