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PHP is a server-side scripting language that enables you to develop dynamic sites that engage users in ways that are simply not possible using only HTML and CSS. PHP for Absolute Beginners takes a practical approach to teaching you how to build dynamic content for your website using PHP. You’ll quickly get started with practical PHP projects, learning how to build a dynamic image gallery. By the end of the book you’ll will have developed a personal blog complete with a password ...

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Overview

PHP is a server-side scripting language that enables you to develop dynamic sites that engage users in ways that are simply not possible using only HTML and CSS. PHP for Absolute Beginners takes a practical approach to teaching you how to build dynamic content for your website using PHP. You’ll quickly get started with practical PHP projects, learning how to build a dynamic image gallery. By the end of the book you’ll will have developed a personal blog complete with a password protected admin module.

PHP for Absolute Beginners won't swamp you with every detail of the full PHP language up front – instead, you’ll be introduced to a small, versatile subset of PHP and learn to use it creatively to develop dynamic web sites. In the process you will learn to use variables, control structures, functions, and objects to your advantage. You will learn how to plan and create databases and how to organize your PHP scripts beautifully. At the end of the book, you will be a confident PHP user, ready to take the next steps in creating great websites.

What you’ll learn

  • Set up a PHP development environment
  • Build database-driven PHP web sites
  • Learn the basics of object-oriented programming with PHP
  • Create MySQL databases
  • Create a dynamic image gallery with file uploads
  • Develop a personal blog with a password protected admin module

Who this book is for

PHP for Absolute Beginners is for people who already know some HTML and CSS – but no previous programming experience is required. You will learn how to develop highly maintainable, dynamic websites with modern, object-oriented PHP.

Table of Contents

1. Setting Up a PHP Development Environment

2. Understanding PHP: Language Basics

3. Form Management

4. Building a Dynamic Image Gallery with Image Upload

5. Spicing Up Your Image Gallery with JavaScript and CSS

6. Working with Databases

7. Building the Entry Manager

8. Showing Blog Entries

9. Deleting and Updating Blog Entries

10. Improving Your Blog with User Comments and Search

11. Adding Images to Blog Entries

12. Password Protection

13. Going Public with Your Blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430224730
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,367,862
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Lengstorf is a 27-year-old turbogeek from Portland, OR. He started building websites in his late teens when his band couldn t afford to pay someone to do it, and he continued building websites after he realized his band wasn t actually very good. He s been a full-time freelance web developer since 2007, and expanded his business under the name Copter Labs, which is now a distributed freelance collective, keeping about 10 freelancers worldwide busy. He is also the author of PHP for Absolute Beginners and Pro PHP and jQuery.

Thomas Blom Hansen has extensive experience teaching web programming at the DIGITAL institute at Copenhagen School of Design & Technology. When he is not teaching you can find Thomas flyfishing for sea-run brown trout in the coastal waters around Denmark or possibly hiking some wilderness area in southern scandinavia. Thomas lives in a small village with his wife, three kids, too few flyrods and a light-weight camping hammock.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    A Simple PHP Web Application for Absolute Beginners or Experienced Developers

    The first part of PHP for Absolute Beginners, 2009, by Jason
    Lengstorf,(he also wrote PHP and JQuery), from Apress Publishers
    is a concise, easy-to-follow introduction to basic PHP language.
    Everything you need to get started with PHP, from creating files,
    manipulating variables with operators, control structures,
    outputting to a browser, even using globals to pass parameters
    through the Common Gateway Interface, is presented in
    easy-to-understand examples.

    With the help of this book, an absolute beginner or experienced
    web site developer, can create afully functioning Web
    application. Understanding the intricacies of code in this book
    is not required to build a simple blog, but Lengstorf's code
    shows the most important functionality of Web applications,
    including advanced subjects like regex, uploading binary files,
    and automating syndication.

    Anyone messing around with databases used to be considered geeky,
    but in Chapter 4 Lengstorf covers how to connect to databases,
    database design & tables, data types, data entry, and data
    manipulation for all absolute beginners.

    Chaper 6's example, using Apache's rewrite module to create
    search-engine friendly URLs, was especially difficult for me, but
    now that I understand mod_rewrite, I will incorporate a simple
    blog into my Website.

    Jason Lengstorf built a versatile and concise Web application
    that absolute beginners, or experienced web site developers, can
    stacking up block by block. With reliable examples to illustrate
    concepts, those who are building personal or professional web
    sites can benefit from Jason Lengsdorf's PHP for Absolute
    Beginners, from Apress Publishers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Error

    Filled with errors that will drive you crazy! Syntax errors turn pages 130 and on into incomplete jigsaw puzzles, puzzles that were never to be completed in the first place. Not very helpful at all. Source code is incorrect as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2011

    Not a Book to Buy

    This book give you an idea about how PHP works and explains many thing well. But it falls down in a few major areas. It has VERY many grammatical errors in the book which can sometimes make it hard to understand. Also the sample code that he give you isn't correct. This then requires you to go somewhere else to figure out yourself exactly how it is supposed to be written, which defeats the purpose of buying this book. I suggest buying a different book to learn with because this one is a complete waste of money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Frustratingly error-filled

    The idea behind this book is pretty solid. It lays out the basic structure of PHP and then walks you through the process of building a working blog. Unfortunately, the proof-reading was so poorly done that you simply cannot trust the code examples given in the book. You will learn PHP, but it will mostly be from looking at other sources to find out how to fix the mistakes made in this book. On the upside, Lengstorf is easy to read and touches on how to approach building a site in a logical manner. Still, I can't recommend this book unless you are very patient and very willing to do your own outside research, which would pretty much negate the whole reason for buying the book.

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    Posted June 4, 2011

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