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That said, because PHP is primarily a Web technology, it will help if you have at least some knowledge of other Web technologies,...
That said, because PHP is primarily a Web technology, it will help if you have at least some knowledge of other Web technologies, particularly HTML and CSS.
Many Web applications make use of a database to store data, and this book contains three chapters on working with MySQL databases. Once again, if you’re already familiar with databases in general — and MySQL in particular — you’ll be able to fly through these chapters. However, even if you’ve never touched a database before in your life, you should still be able to pick up a working knowledge by reading through these chapters.
Part I: Getting Up and Running with PHP
Chapter 1: Introducing PHP 3
Chapter 2: Your First PHP Script 11
Part II: Learning the Language
Chapter 3: PHP Language Basics 33
Chapter 4: Decisions and Loops 51
Chapter 5: Strings 73
Chapter 6: Arrays 101
Chapter 7: Functions 141
Chapter 8: Objects 165
Part III: Using PHP in Practice
Chapter 9: Handling HTML Forms with PHP 221
Chapter 10: Preserving State With Query Strings, Cookies, and Sessions 267
Chapter 11: Working with Files and Directories 297
Chapter 12: Introducing Databases and SQL 337
Chapter 13: Retrieving Data from MySQL with PHP 367
Chapter 14: Manipulating MySQL Data with PHP 403
Chapter 15: Making Your Job Easier with PEAR 441
Chapter 16: PHP and the Outside World 471
Chapter 17: Generating Images with PHP 507
Chapter 18: String Matching with Regular Expressions 539
Chapter 19: Working with XML 573
Chapter 20: Writing High-Quality Code 619
Appendix A: Solutions to Exercises 673
Appendix B: Configuring PHP 719
Appendix C: Alternatives to MySQL 757
Appendix D: Using PHP from the Command Line 765
Posted February 20, 2010
Clear. Practical. Well-edited, both stylistically and technically. Good balance of breadth and depth, with useful hints for further study where the author bottoms out on the latter. Great overview of the language itself, followed by very practical real-world applications without a massive example application dominating. Security, while not explicitly addressed as a separate topic, is covered well.
This is much easier to read than Welling's PHP and MySQL Web Development, another comprehensive introduction worth reading.