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PHP and MySQL Web Development

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    scads of example applications

    In open source usage, the book describes a powerful and popular combination of PHP and MySQL to build websites. Each program has several texts devoted solely to it. But it is in the interaction between the two that often developers need assistance on. The book does start with chapters exclusively on explaining PHP, and other chapters on MySQL. In themselves, you might find these to be concise and useful explanations. But the meat of the book is given in several chapters, where each chapter is devoted to making one common application. Like constructing a shopping cart. Or a Web-based email service. These are things that you have surely experienced as a user. Now you get to see how to code them in PHP and MySQL. Which explains some of the book's size. There are 10 chapters in this section. Enough to give you plenty of examples to draw ideas from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent

    This book is one of the first programming books I have read cover to cover that didn't leave gaping holes in code and provided end to end examples of how to write good PHP. The only thing this book lacked was the inane amount redundancy that comes with may programming manuals, thanks. You can be just starting out or looking for advances techniques and they are all there. Great read and great desk reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003


    It adequately covers PHP, MySQL, and web programming. Many of the chapters are straight forward and brief. Before jumping into this book, it wouldn't hurt to have a basic understanding of relational database systems, html, and a C or Java-like programming language. If you are already familiar with many of these things, you'll find everything you need for working with PHP and MySQL. The book lacks a section on cascading style sheets. Style sheets were used in one or two examples, but I don't think they were explained. Over all it's a pretty decent book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2002

    Mediocre functional guide. Terrible reference

    I bought this book because it's focused on real applications and includes lots of code. I like that it comes with a working shopping cart app. Unfortunately, it doesn't explain some fundamental concepts used in the code, which left me frustrated searching the internet for answers. Not something I should have to do after spending $40 on a book. Also, the index is pathetic. There are some basic functions not listed. Do yourself a favor - spend the extra 10 bucks and get a programming bible you'll be able to refer to later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    yet another good book by Sams

    Excellent, down to the bone with examples, and explainations. I would recommend to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002


    This book was absolutely perfect. I am new to databases and E-commerce. I was almost afraid to pay the price for this book, thinking that it would be written in Greek like all of the other books I've purchased on the subject. It was easy to read and VERY EASY to understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    I've never purchased a better programming book

    I purchased this book to aide in a college project that I was working on. I was assigned to handle the PHP aspects of the project and make it interface with a MySQL database (I had never worked with PHP or MySQL before). This book proved to be the most informative, easiest to follow, and had the best examples of any other computer related book I have ever purchased. The text is VERY easy to follow!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2001

    GET THIS BOOK NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great book. You have to weed through alot of books (wrox) to get to quality. <P> this book has a lot of great information on how to do things not things the author wants to do. It's great book for someone who is starting out in both PHP and mySQL but has more advanced things too. <P> Most books are written like the author assumes you know everything and is sketchy on things. when you are learning it helps to have some guidance. it comes with a cdrom of the book and apache,mysql and php binaries.You can't go wrong with this book. Hopefully more books like this one will be produced. <P>thanks to the authors, they gave it some thought before putting out the same old stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2001

    Don't blame the typos on the authors.

    I¿ve come to expect this from SAMS published works, but I¿ll say it anyway. The editing is absolutely atrocious, even in the first few chapters. (I usually find that errors creep in more frequently toward the middle and end of a book.) Nonetheless, it¿s made a great tutorial and the practicality of the examples is refreshing. Another pleasing aspect of PHP and MySQL Web Development is that it doesn't JUST give you real world applications--it explains them, how to modify them, and how to draft those concepts covered into your own projects. This is an excellent and exhaustive coverage of PHP and MySQL that is accessible to anyone with web development or programming experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2001

    Great book despite the sloppy editing.

    I agree with other reviews that bemoan the needlessly careless editing of this book. Despite this, the book is an excellent overview of PHP and MySQL with great examples of using these tools in practice. Hopefully, the second edition will have the errors and omissions corrected. (Hey, maybe Sams should give all of us that bought the sloppy first edition a free upgrade!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2001

    It's true this book does Rock

    To be more percise however, this book not only taught me how to program in perl quickly but it simultanously taught me how to access and manipulate MySQL with examples that were so easy to translate into programs that solved my own personal needs. This book is a must have provided your server administrator will allow PHP on the server!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2000

    This book rocks

    This is a good book

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