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Product Details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st edition (January 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893115852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893115859
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,916,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

W. Jason Gilmore is a web developer and business consultant with more than 15 years of experience helping companies large and small build amazing software solutions. He has been teaching developers from around the world about web development for over a decade, having written six books, including the bestselling Beginning PHP and MySQL, Fourth Edition and Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework, Second Edition .

Over the years Jason has been published more than 300 times within popular publications such as Developer.com, PHPBuilder.com, JSMag, and Linux Magazine, and instructed hundreds of students in the United States and Europe. He s recently led the successful development and deployment of a 10,000+ product e-commerce project, and is currently working on a variety of new e-commerce initiatives. Jason is cofounder of the wildly popular CodeMash Conference, the largest multi-day developer event in the Midwest.


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W. Jason Gilmore is a software developer and consultant with more than 15 years of experience helping companies of all sizes build amazing solutions. He is the author of seven books, including the bestselling "Beginning PHP and MySQL, Fourth Edition" and "Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework, Second Edition".

Currently, Jason is lead developer of a Ruby on Rails-driven e-commerce analytics project for a globally recognized publisher.

Over the years Jason has published more than 300 articles within popular publications such as Developer.com, JSMag, and Linux Magazine, and instructed hundreds of students in the United States and Europe. Prior to his current role, he led the successful development and deployment of a 10,000+ product e-commerce project. Jason is cofounder of the wildly popular CodeMash Conference, the largest multi-day developer event in the Midwest.

Away from the keyboard, you'll often find Jason hunched over a chess board or having fun with DIY electronics.

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I highly recommend this book for any programmer looking to move to PHP.
Robert Pumer
I was breezing through the chapters since I already knew C++... and I have to say he did a good job on showing how to set up PHP with Apache.
Dan
The examples are easy to understand; explanations are to the point; and the entire book is so very practical.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Pedersen on May 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is well done. It is easy to understand and the code and examples are great. Its starts off with a section on the fundamentals of using PHP in a web site. It has a great section on File I/O and the file system. The most useful part of the text for me was the section toward the end of the book on dynamic web sites (chapters covering forms and databases - specifically MySQL).
I have read and reviewed (for text adoption at the college I work at) a number of PHP/MySQL books in the past year and I found the Gilmore text (A Programmer's Introduciton to PHP 4.0) targeted to people who already understand HTML and static web development and some basic programming concepts. The text is full of solid code and clear explainations.
This text is geared for people who want to implement an open source PHP and MySQL or other database solution. Mr Gilmore gets right to the point quickly brings you up to speed. Many of my junior and senior level students also liked the book.
The curriculum I use in class (at the college) is well supported by this book. The following is a list of key elements I cover in my PHP/MySQL class (and is well supported by this book):
PHP Introduction - Server Environment (usernames/passwords) Server Side Includes, Redirects, Date Functions (1 week) Intermingling HTML and PHP, Variables, Form Processing, and E-mail Handling (1 week) Introduction to SQL and MySQL - working with tables and data (in and out) (3 weeks) Web-Based Registration Systems - forms to register, send data, get data, relational databases, etc. (2 weeks) PHP Fundamentals - More of Variables, Functions, Arrays, etc. (3 weeks) PHP File Management (1 week) PHP Searching and Sorting (1 week) PHP Security and .htaccess Security (1 week)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dave Dorsey on July 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
A more appropriate title would have been 'An Introduction to PHP 4.0 for HTML Programmers'. The first five chapters cover basic programming concepts such as data types, conditional statements, functional programming, in arrays in very great detail. I found myself (a VB, C, and C++ programmer) skipping dozens of pages at a time. However, in addition to the basic theories, the book does do a good job explaining the various commands and functions PHP uses, although in a manner slightly more basic than I had expected.
Starting in chapter 6, however, Gilmore throws down new concepts fast and furiously. The quality of his explanations doesn't suffer, he simply covers more in a briefer period of time in a manner that a somewhat experienced programmer will easily understand.
On the whole, I was very impressed with this book. It does a fantastic job introducing PHP 4.0 and serves as a fantastic reference book as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is actually the only PHP book that I can finish reading. Those thick books from Sam's and Wrox are just too much for me. (They don't lay on my lap nicely while I'm typing either) Great book for programmers who don't want hello world examples, but real-world working examples. I enjoyed it from the beginning till the end, even for the first half intoducing the core syntax. The array and database sections even serve as a handy reference I look up everyday (filled with useful examples). Topics regarding ODBC, XML, COM, Templates & Javascript are good to introduce the topics, but not too long to bore you. I highly recommend this book!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gabe da Silveira on May 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I haven't read a lot of PHP books, but as far as programming books in general go, this is one of the better ones. It does what it says, and fulfills the basic need to jump start your PHP development. You really don't need to know much to get maximum benefit from the book, because it starts from the beginning. The word programmer in the title seems to be simply a caveat so the author can move through the material at a brisk pace.
Why is this book such a good buy?... What this book does is give you a quick reference to the basics of the language WITHOUT getting bogged down with the lengthy explanations that a raw beginner might need. The book is so concise and well organized that you can find clear examples and explanations on almost any common topic with no hassle.
I really have to emphasize how much this will speed up your early PHP development.
Topics covered include: Installation, Configuration, Variables, Arrays, Expressions, Operators, Control Structures, Functions, Libraries, OOP, Files, Strings, Regular Expressions, Templates, HTML Forms, Databases (MySQL), Cookies, Session Tracking, XML, Javascript, COM, and Security.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan F. Waggoner on June 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book starts with the understanding that you know how to write programs. It gets right into the particulars, without bogging you down in the details of what conditionals or objects are. There are a few holes though, so I would suggest getting a more detailed book like the "PHP 4 Bible", by Tim Converse and Joyce Park from IDG Books, as a supplemental reference.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark on September 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
Not for newbies to programming but if you know the basics
of html and javascript and basic database stuff but want the
heads up on PHP then this book is great !!!... Just the facts described short, sweet and to the point. Examples are perfect
without being overly complex. Good stuff.
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