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Beginning PHP, Apache, MySQL Web Development (Programmer to Programmer) [Kindle Edition]

Michael K. Glass , Yann Le Scouarnec , Elizabeth Naramore , Gary Mailer , Jeremy Stolz , Jason Gerner
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Book Description

What is this book about?

PHP, Apache, and MySQL are the three key open source technologies that form the basis for most active Web servers. This book takes you step-by-step through understanding each — using it and combining it with the other two on both Linux and Windows servers.

This book guides you through creating your own sites using the open source AMP model. You discover how to install PHP, Apache, and MySQL. Then you create PHP Web pages, including database management and security. Finally, you discover how to integrate your work with e-commerce and other technologies. By building different types of Web sites, you progress from setting up simple database tables to tapping the full potential of PHP, Apache, and MySQL.

When you’re finished, you will be able to create well-designed, dynamic Web sites using open source tools.

What does this book cover?

Here's what you will learn from this book:

  • How PHP server-side scripting language works for connecting HTML-based Web pages to a backend database
  • Syntax, functions, and commands for PHP, Apache, and MySQL
  • Methods and techniques for building user-friendly forms
  • How to easily store, update, and access information using MySQL
  • Ways to allow the user to edit a database
  • E-commerce applications using these three technologies
  • How to set up user logins, profiles, and personalizations
  • Proper protocols for error handling

Who is this book for?

This book is for beginners who are new to PHP and who need to learn quickly how to create Web sites using open source tools. Some basic HTML knowledge is helpful but not essential.



Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

PHP, Apache, and MySQL are the three key open source technologies that form the basis for most active Web servers. This book takes you step by step through understanding each – using it and combining it with the other two on both Linux and Windows servers.

This book will guide you through creating your own sites using the open source AMP model. You’ll learn to install PHP, Apache, and MySQL. Then you’ll create PHP Web pages, including database management and security. Finally, you’ll discover how to integrate your work with e-commerce and other technologies. By building different types of Web sites, you will progress from setting up simple database tables to tapping the full potential of PHP, Apache, and MySQL.

When you’re finished, you will be able to create well-designed, dynamic Web sites using open source tools.

What you will learn from this book

  • How PHP server-side scripting language works for connecting HTML-based Web pages to a backend database
  • Syntax, functions, and commands for PHP, Apache, and MySQL
  • Methods and techniques for building user-friendly forms
  • How to easily store, update, and access information using MySQL
  • Ways to allow the user to edit a database
  • E-commerce applications using these three technologies
  • How to set up user logins, profiles, and personalizations
  • Proper protocols for error handling

Who this book is for

This book is for beginners who are new to PHP and who need to learn quickly how to create Web sites using open source tools. Some basic HTML knowledge is helpful but not essential.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author

Michael “BuzzLY” Glass has been a gladiator in the software/Web site development arena for more than eight years. He has more than ten years of commercial programming experience with a wide variety of technologies, including PHP, Java, Lotus Domino, and Vignette StoryServer. He divides his time between computer programming, playing pool in the APA, and running his Web site at www.ultimatespin.com. You can usually find him slinking around on the PHPBuilder.com forums, where he is a moderator with the nickname BuzzLY.

Yann “Bunkermaster” Le Scouarnec is the senior developer for Jolt Online Gaming, a British gaming company. He is a moderator at PHPBuilder.com and a developer of open source PHP software for the gaming community. He has also worked for major software corporations as a software quality expert.

Elizabeth Naramore has been programming with computers since a very young age, and, yes, she remembers when software was packaged on cassette tapes. Graduating from Miami University at age 20 with a degree in Organizational Behavior, she found a world of opportunity awaiting her—in corporate marketing. Her first love was always computers, however, and she found herself sucked back to the programming world in 1997 through Web site design and development (once a computer geek, always a computer geek). While she plans to return to Miami to get her Masters in Computer Science, she currently stays busy running several Web sites. Her main focus is in e-commerce and running www.giftsforengineers.com.
Elizabeth has spent the past six years developing Web sites and coordinating all phases of Web site publication and production. She is currently a moderator at PHPBuilder.com, an online help center for PHP. Her other interests include poetry, arts and crafts, camping, and juggling the many demands of career, family, and the “other duties as assigned” that come along in life. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, beautiful daughter, and a new baby on the way.

Gary “trooper” Mailer. After graduation from university in 1998, Gary worked in a major software house in central London as a quality assurance engineer, and also as the departmental Web developer (using ASP). This gave him a taste of Web development. After a few years, he made the jump into full-time Web development and has not looked back since.
Gary has worked in a few different sectors, including communications (Siemens) and hotels (Hilton), as well as in “traditional” development houses.
He is currently a freelance developer for a European communications company. Gary has been and continues to be an active member of and contributor to the PHPBuilder.com site.

Jeremy “stolzboy” Stolz is a Web developer at Cloverfish Inc. (www.cloverfish.net), a Web development company in Fargo, North Dakota. Jeremy is primarily a PHP/MySQL developer, but he has also worked with many other languages. When not working, he frequents the Internet and tries to keep up his programming skills. He is a contributor to and moderator at PHPBuilder.com. He also frequents many other computer-related Web sites to keep his skills sharp and up to date.

Jason “goldbug” Gerner currently spends his days working as a Web developer in Cincinnati and burns free time complaining about lack of support for Web standards and abusing XML. He can often be found lurking in the PHPBuilder.com discussion forums, waiting to chime in with nagging comments about CSS or code efficiency.


Product Details

  • File Size: 7500 KB
  • Print Length: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (July 23, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QCS446
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Understand May 17, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was forced into the world of PHP, MySQL and Apache by my boss, and I wasn't sure which book to get. I chose this book and I thought it was great! I did see a few typos, but in a way it made me actually learn the stuff, instead of blindly typing away and hoping the programs worked. I understood what they were doing and it has made me catch my own mistakes too. For someone who didn't really know what they were doing, I feel like an expert now! And it was nice to have useable applications when I was done- we are actively using several of these now (such as the emailing script and the user/login script- and we have plans to do more). My boss thinks I'm a genius.
I was reading these other reviews and while I can't speak for other books, I had no problems with deprecated code (I never saw that "mysql_create_db" function once in the whole book and I've been through most of it already) or the missing sql script from chapter 6 (it was the same database used in chapters 3, 4, & 5.. duh!) so I don't know what's up with these other guys. But oh well to each his own.
At any rate, if you want a good primer, get this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's time is past!! July 9, 2007
Format:Paperback
Well its been on my shelf for a couple years and how I've opened it. I am on page 165 and back to Amazon to search for a book to replace it.
The book is outdated. The forum for the book is not well visited. The support code for the book is failing images and some files. The code is written inconsistantly, different authors, and there is no mention of this or proper coding examples. Variables are created on the fly and creates some error messages with uptodate PHP. The explanations of certain things requires several readings sometimes to fill in blanks that a beginner should have explained. The use of CSS is not even mentioned so far and the html does not meet Xhtml standards. We must not forget the book was copyrighted in 2004.

I have purchased "Beginning PHP and MySQL 5" by Jason Gilmore and it seems to be a resonable book but leans more towards a reference text. The search continues...

Namaste,

Kevin Tough
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners April 26, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I came to Amazon to offer my 2 cents on this book, and I was very surprised to read negative comments from others. I think this book is great for beginners, and I'm not sure why there are those who find it less than helpful. There were a few minor bugs in the code, but anybody with half a brain can figure it out. This book is one of the few that offer code where register_globals is "off" as had been my problem with other books. I found the real world examples useful and thorough (so far at least) and the reading is actually humorous which is also unlike some of the other books which sound like you are reading IRS tax documentation.
I not only learned a lot from this book, I enjoyed it as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Excellent Book for the "Beginner" July 15, 2006
Format:Paperback
This book is really quite good. It's very interesting & definitely very readable. When I read it, I got straight down to business, so to speak. It gives very practical examples starting you off with making a movie review site which was very interesting! All in all, an excellent book to give you a working knowledge of PHP & MySQL.

That said, there are some shortcomings.

-Significant amount of typos in the code

-Some minor parts of the code requires redoing (which I found out through a forum dedicated for the book)

-For those of you with absolutely no experience in programming, you might find some concepts aren't covered enough in detail

As I said before, overall, great book.

-ive 1 star for the shortcomings.

Richard
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This book was written by functional illiterates June 29, 2007
By Web Boy
Format:Paperback
The authors are great PHP programmers, I have no doubt, but terrible writers. I do not recommend this book. Like most bad technical writers, they make a big production about trivial concepts, then gloss over difficult concepts without explaining them in detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid coverage of beginning topics October 13, 2005
Format:Paperback
I used this book as a tutorial on the subject with graduate students who had only basic programming experience and we all agreed that it was a great way to get started with database-backed PHP work.
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