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If you want to build dynamic Web sites that encourage users to interact with them, PHP and MySQL are among the best tools you’ll find. PHP is a scripting language designed specifically for use on the Web, while MySQL is a database management system that works with it perfectly. Best of all, they’re free. It’s hard to beat that combination!
PHP & MySQL Web Development All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies is kind of one-stop shopping for the information you need to get up and running with these tools and put them to good use. It’s divided into six handy minibooks that cover setting up your environment, PHP programming, using MySQL, security, PHP extensions, and PHP Web applications. They make it easy to create a Web site where visitors can sign on, use shopping carts, complete forms, and do business with your business.
It’s easy to find what you need in this handy guide. You’ll discover how to:
- Find and acquire all the tools you need and set up your development environment
- Build PHP scripts to make your Web site work
- Create a MySQL database that visitors can access
- Summarize and sort data results
- Design and implement user access control
- Build a shopping cart application
- Create extensions that make your site more useful
With PHP & MySQL Web Development All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies by your side, you’ll be a Web site guru before you know it!
About the Author
Janet Valade is the author of PHP &MySQL For Dummies, which is in its third edition. She has also written PHP & MySQL Everyday Apps For Dummies and PHP & MySQL: Your visual blueprint for creating dynamic, database-driven Web sites. In addition, Janet is the author of Spring into Linux and a co-author of Mastering Visually Dreamweaver CS3 and Flash CS3 Professional.
Janet has 20 years of experience in the computing field. Most recently, she worked as a Web designer and programmer in an engineering firm for four years. Prior to that, Janet worked for 13 years in a university environment, where she was a systems analyst. During her tenure, she supervised the installation and operation of computing resources, designed and developed a data archive, supported faculty and students in their computer usage, wrote numerous technical papers, and developed and presented seminars on a variety of technology topics.
Table of Contents
Book I: Setting Up Your Environment.
Chapter 1: Setting Up Your Web Environment.
Chapter 2: Installing PHP.
Chapter 3: Setting Up the MySQL Environment.
Chapter 4: Installing a Web Server.
Chapter 5: Setting Up Your Web Development Environment with the XAMPP Package.
Book II: PHP Programming.
Chapter 1: PHP Basics.
Chapter 2: Building PHP Scripts.
Chapter 3: PHP and Your Operating System.
Chapter 4: Object-Oriented Programming.
Book III: Using MySQL.
Chapter 1: Introducing MySQL.
Chapter 2: Administering MySQL.
Chapter 3: Designing and Building a Database.
Chapter 4: Using the Database.
Chapter 5: Communicating with the Database from PHP Scripts.
Book IV: Security.
Chapter 1: General Security Considerations.
Chapter 2: An Overview of Authentication and Encryption.
Chapter 3: Creating a Secure Environment.
Chapter 4: Programming Securely in PHP.
Chapter 5: Programming Secure E-Commerce Applications.
Book V: PHP Extensions.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Extensions.
Chapter 2: Using PEAR.
Chapter 3: Using the XML Extension.
Chapter 4: Manipulating Images with the GD Extension.
Chapter 5: Mail Extensions.
Book VI: PHP Web Applications.
Chapter 1: Building and Processing Dynamic Forms.
Chapter 2: Making Information Available on Multiple Web Pages.
Chapter 3: Building a Login Application.
Chapter 4: Building an Online Catalog.
Chapter 5: Building a Shopping Cart.