PHP and MySQL Web Development (4th Edition) Paperback – Oct 1 2008
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“This book by Welling & Thomson is the only one which I have found to be indispensable.The writing is clear and straightforward but never wastes my time.The book is extremely well laid out.The chapters are the right length and chapter titles quickly take you where you want to go.”
—Wright Sullivan, President,A&E
Engineering, Inc., Greer South Carolina
“There are several good introductory books on PHP, but Welling & Thomson is an excellent handbook for those who wish to build up complex and reliable systems. It’s obvious that the authors have a strong background in the development of professional applications and they teach not only the language itself, but also how to use it with good software engineering practices.”
—Javier Garcia, senior telecom engineer,
Telefonica R&D Labs, Madrid
“This book rocks! I am an experienced programmer, so I didn’t need a lot of help with PHP syntax; after all, it’s very close to C/C++. I don’t know a thing about databases, though, so when I wanted to develop a book review engine (among other projects) I wanted a solid reference to using MySQL with PHP. I have O’Reilly’s mSQL and MySQL book, and it’s probably a better pure-SQL reference, but this book has earned a place on my reference shelf…Highly recommended.”
“The true PHP/MySQL bible, PHP and MySQL Web Development by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson, made me realize that programming and databases are now available to the commoners. Again, I know 1/10000th of what there is to know, and already I’m enthralled.”
From the Back Cover
PHP and MySQL are popular open-source technologies that are ideal for quickly developing database-driven Web applications. PHP is a powerful scripting language designed to enable developers to create highly featured Web applications quickly, and MySQL is a fast, reliable database that integrates well with PHP and is suited for dynamic Internet-based applications.
PHP and MySQL Web Developmentshows how to use these tools together to produce effective, interactive Web applications. It clearly describes the basics of the PHP language, explains how to set up and work with a MySQL database, and then shows how to use PHP to interact with the database and the server.
This practical, hands-on book includes numerous examples that demonstrate common tasks such as authenticating users, constructing a shopping cart, generating PDF documents and images dynamically, sending and managing email, facilitating user discussions, connecting to Web services using XML, and developing Web 2.0 applications with Ajax-based interactivity.
The fourth edition ofPHP and MySQL Web Developmenthas been thoroughly updated, revised, and expanded to cover developments in PHP 5 through version 5.3, such as namespaces and closures, as well as features introduced in MySQL 5.1.
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I am ny PHP/MySQL expert but this reference book is what I needed to start learning about both these products. I expect to have to move to more detailed manuals if and when I encounter advanced issues, but this was expected from the get go.
Recommended for the beginner to intermediate programmer in this field.
I have completed the first 2 chapters and I am amazed. If the rest of the book is as good, I give it 5-star+. Just from the first two chapters I know how to convert a static form to dynamic using php.
PS I only have some html and css knowledge, and I've taken a MySQL course.
Before this book, i had no knowledge of PHP or MySQL at all. By the end of the book and the semester, i was able to make a fully-featured backend for a hypothetical user forum. The forum i created started off simple (posting messages, and seeing them), but then it gradually became more complicated as i went through the book. In the end, the forum was full of features (PM, Member signup/sign in/post/reply/profile/etc...) and had the security (SHA1 encryption for passwords, HTTPS, Sessions, etc...) to go along with it.
The included CD helped a ton also. It includes a PDF of this book, all the code examples from every chapter, and the programs to get you started on PHP and MySQL.
Overall, I highly recommend this book if you are interested in PHP or MySQL.
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today morning i received my php and mysql book very very fast shipment and the is brand new thanks very muchPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Best book on php and mysql period. If you are going to only own one PHP book (to learn or use as reference) this is the one.Published 19 months ago by Luis
I have a java background and this book is really changing my view about php. Explains topics in details over a real world project.
I recomend it.
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