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If you want to do great things with PHP and MySQL -- separately, or together -- you will love W. Jason Gilmore’s Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL: From Novice to Professional. It’s practical, full of code, well written, and exceptionally thorough.
Gilmore starts with installation and configuration for both Unix/Linux and Windows environments (including setting up a working Apache/PHP server to test your code). You’ll walk through the basics of syntax and style; data types, variables, arrays, functions, strings, and so forth. Gilmore then offers a concise (but very useful) introduction to PHP 5’s object-oriented functionality.
Handled in depth: error/exception handling, strings, regular expressions, file handling, forms, authentication, uploading, networking, session handling, security, Web services, LDAP directory support, SQLite, and more. There’s even a chapter on the Smarty templating engine, which lets you separate business and presentational logic, so designers can design and programmers can code. (To give you a sense of the book’s depth and breadth, there are nearly 500 downloadable code examples.)
Then, it’s on to MySQL itself, the focus of the book’s last 200 pages. First, Gilmore walks through installation and configuration, and introduces MySQL’s diverse client options. You’ll master table design and security, learn to use PHP’s MySQL library, create queries from PHP, build PHP-based database search interfaces, implement transactions, import/export data, and more.
You may have seen Gilmore’s PHP columns at Developer.com, or his “Tricks of the Trade” columns at Zend.com. The folks at Zend, whose founders designed PHP 4/5, recognize deep PHP knowledge when they see it. You will, too. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.