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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.
Chapter 2: Your First PHP Script.
Part II: Learning the Language.
Chapter 3: PHP Language Basics.
Chapter 4: Decisions and Loops.
Chapter 5: Strings.
Chapter 6: Arrays.
Chapter 7: Functions.
Chapter 8: Objects.
Part III: Using PHP in Practice.
Chapter 9: Handling HTML Forms with PHP.
Chapter 10: Preserving State with Query Strings, Cookies, and Sessions.
Chapter 11: Working with Files and Directories.
Chapter 12: Introducing Databases and SQL.
Chapter 13: Retrieving Data from MySQL with PHP.
Chapter 14: Manipulating MySQL Data with PHP.
Chapter 15: Making Your Job Easier with PEAR.
Chapter 16: PHP and the Outside World.
Chapter 17: Generating Images with PHP.
Chapter 18: String Matching with Regular Expressions.
Chapter 19: Working with XML.
Chapter 20: Writing High-Quality Code.
Appendix A: Solutions to Exercises.
Appendix B: Configuring PHP.
Appendix C: Alternatives to MySQL.
Appendix D: Using PHP from the Command Line.
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.