PHP and MySQL For Dummies

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Overview

Here's what Web designers need to know to create dynamic, database-driven Web sites

To be on the cutting edge, Web sites need to serve up HTML, CSS, and products specific to the needs of different customers using different browsers. An effective e-commerce site gathers information about users and provides information they need to get the desired result.

PHP scripting language with a MySQL back-end database offers an effective way to design ...

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Overview

Here's what Web designers need to know to create dynamic, database-driven Web sites

To be on the cutting edge, Web sites need to serve up HTML, CSS, and products specific to the needs of different customers using different browsers. An effective e-commerce site gathers information about users and provides information they need to get the desired result.

PHP scripting language with a MySQL back-end database offers an effective way to design sites that meet these requirements. This full updated 4th Edition of PHP & MySQL For Dummies gets you quickly up to speed, even if your experience is limited.

  • Explains the easy way to install and set up PHP and MySQL using XAMPP, so it works the same on Linux, Mac, and Windows
  • Shows you how to secure files on a Web host and how to write secure code
  • Packed with useful and understandable code examples for Web site creators who are not professional programmers
  • Fully updated to ensure your code will be compliant based on PHP 5.3 and MySQL 5.1.31
  • Provides clear, accurate code examples

PHP & MySQL For Dummies, 4th Edition provides what you need to know to create sites that get results.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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For folks who need powerful web database applications but don’t have money to burn, PHP and MySQL go together like strawberries and cream. If all you know about web databases is that you need one, read this book.

It takes you every step of the way: setting up PHP 5 and MySQL 4; building your database; protecting your data (and working around MySQL security issues); creating queries; and handling the other tasks web databases commonly need to perform.

You’ll also walk through building two complete applications. (All the code’s been updated for the latest versions of PHP and MySQL. That’s essential, since important MySQL default settings have changed.) Bottom line: This book makes web databases downright doable. 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470527580
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/9/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 781,546
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 17.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Valade is a technical writer, Web designer/programmer, andsystems analyst. She has designed and developed data archives,supervised computer resource operations, and conducted seminars andworkshops. She has written all previous editions of PHP & MySQLFor Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Developing a Web Database Application Using PHP andMySQL.

Chapter 1: Introduction to PHP and MySQL.

Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Work Environment.

Chapter 3: Developing a Web Database Application.

Part II: MySQL Database.

Chapter 4: Building the Database.

Chapter 5: Protecting Your Data.

Part III: PHP.

Chapter 6: General PHP.

Chapter 7: PHP Building Blocks for Programs.

Chapter 8: Data In, Data Out.

Chapter 9: Moving Information from One Web Page to the Next.

Part IV: Applications.

Chapter 10: Putting It All Together.

Chapter 11: Building an Online Catalog.

Chapter 12: Building a Members Only Web Site.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 13: Ten Things You Might Want to Do Using PHPFunctions.

Chapter 14: Ten PHP Gotchas.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache from XAMPP.

Appendix B: Confi guring PHP.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    Not too impressed

    I began very interested and willing to spend time learning this language but found that the book did not give detailed information on many key words and crucial elements to the code.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2004

    Great

    This book is perfect if you want to go from a novice to a beginner/intermediate. I started off with this book and found it extremely helpful. I then decided to move up to advanced PHP and continued my learning with another book (found in my recommended reading below)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    A so-so book

    I bought this book and was fairly pleased with what I read. It covered all the basics of PHP and MySQL, though not much more than that. Since it is a relatively short book, PHP is not taught very thoroughly. There is a lot of advanced but very useful information that this book leaves out. Nonetheless, it seemed to be good for beginners, though it is probably helpful to read some sections over a few times, as many important aspects are only discussed in brief as a result of the limited space in this book. Since I wish to work with some more advanced features PHP has to offer, this book is merely a stepping stone to my current purchase of PHP and MySQL Web Development, 2nd Edition. When I am done reading that, I will probably write a review for it as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    A great introduction to PHP in this book

    I used to be out in the blue about PHP, knowing only Java Script and HTML (which is outdated). Anyway, being 14 this book taught me fast and easily how to use a database correctly and HTML. It also taught me how to develop locally, I had been using Brinkster. All my peers think I am a true pro because of this book, Thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    It was worth the money

    I can say a few things. 1) It was worth the $25 I spent on the book. 2) I know a whole lot more about MySQL and PHP then I did before I opened this book. 3) If you are new to PHP and/or MySQL, I really suggest this book. 4) On the other hand... If you have PHP/MySQL experience, get a more in depth book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2003

    For dummies? No way!

    Considering this books title, you would think it's for complete novices to PHP (like myself). It starts out nicely being very informative but then towards the middle and end it begins to spew out PHP info and gives very little detail as to what all the 'jibberish' does. I was dissapointed, I was hoping for something way more in-depth. The included CD-ROM is nice but when you're done reading the book and you realize you only know slightly more then the absolute nothing you did know when you first started reading, you'll want to use that cd as a coaster instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2003

    Dummies does it again

    This book, as with most all of the for Dummies series is clear and concise. Step by step instrcutions written in plain English. I recommend this book for any wanting to get their feet wet with PHP and MySQL

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