PHP for Absolute Beginners [NOOK Book]

Overview

Get started in web development using PHP. Even if you've never programmed before, author Jason Lengstorf introduces you to PHP by building a PHP-based blogging site while covering all the good coding practices and skills that you'll need when you start your own projects.



  • Create web content with version 5.3 of PHP

  • Learn good coding ...
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Overview

Get started in web development using PHP. Even if you've never programmed before, author Jason Lengstorf introduces you to PHP by building a PHP-based blogging site while covering all the good coding practices and skills that you'll need when you start your own projects.



  • Create web content with version 5.3 of PHP

  • Learn good coding practices from the very beginning

  • Learn how systems like WordPress work


Jason Lengstorf takes a practical approach to teaching you how to build a content management system. You'll dive into writing web applications and be guided by the author's supportive explanations, rather than learning elements of the PHP language and viewing examples after.


PHP for Absolute Beginners starts slowly and covers everything you need to know about beginning web development using PHP. Even the most inexperienced web developer will find this book accessible.


What youÂ’ll learn

  • Install Apache, MySQL, and PHP

  • Navigate the PHP language

  • Learn the basics of writing clean code

  • Talk to a database

  • Make a PHP site more secure

  • Create a complete blogging site


Who this book is for

PHP for Absolute Beginners is written for the complete novice; no previous coding knowledge is assumed, and all concepts are explained to ensure maximum understanding.


However, later chapters in the book may appeal to intermediate programmers looking to improve their abilities in the area of developing content management systems or those interested in making the move from procedural code to the more modular object-oriented approach.


Table of Contents

  1. Setting Up the PHP Development Environment

  2. Understanding PHP: Language Basics

  3. Passing Information with PHP

  4. Working with Databases

  5. Building the Entry Manager

  6. Adding Support for Multiple Pages

  7. Updating and Deleting Entries

  8. Adding the Ability to Upload Images

  9. Syndicating the Blog

  10. Adding a Commenting System to Your Blog

  11. Adding Password Protection to Administrative Links

  12. Finishing Touches


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430224747
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 10/14/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,293,492
  • File size: 8 MB

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.
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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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