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Beginning PHP and MySQL: From Novice to Professional (Expert's Voice in Web Development) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1430231141 ISBN-10: 1430231149 Edition: 4th

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  • Series: Expert's Voice in Web Development
  • Paperback: 824 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 4 edition (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430231149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430231141
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,022 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 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". He has published more than 300 articles within popular publications such as Developer.com, DevShed, JSMag, and Linux Magazine, and instructed hundreds of students in the United States and Europe.

Jason is cofounder of the popular CodeMash Conference, and was a member of the 2008 MySQL Conference speaker selection board.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Province on February 24, 2012
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I've been a developer for over 24 years and I've been writing PHP applications for the DHS for over 10 years. I purchased this book as a desk reference and have found it very useful. It's well organized, so I can find what I'm looking for in a snap. I don't have time to read it from cover to cover, but what I have read has been very insightful and well worth the purchase price. I recommend this book over all others. I also purchased the PHP book, you know the one with the funny animals, and it was absolutely the worse book I ever read. It was not helpful at all. It was written by too many authors and left me confused. Yes, wording the same thing in 2 different ways becomes very confusing. I think I'll stick with the Experts from now on. Hope this helps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ali Julia #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am an experienced software engineer who never done any PHP coding until three weeks ago. I had a good idea of what I wanted to accomplish, but did not know exactly how to do it using PHP. This book was perfect for me.
This book did not cover the basics of software engineering, so when they say "novice" they refer to being a novice in PHP only.

The book is well organized, and I was able to find what I needed to do without reading the book cover to cover.
The sections on installing and configuring PHP and MySQL were very helpful to start with. Examples were clear and useful, and I was able to adapt them to my own needs easily.

I was able to complete my project in several weeks, much of it thanks to this reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By janusgj on December 22, 2012
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Most of the book is devoted to examples that have very little use for the capabilities that are most often needed. i.e. contact forms, inserting data into mysql from html forms via php. There are few examples of real life situations that can be applied directly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mart on November 30, 2011
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Minor typing errors and code errors are there, but if you are an experienced code examiner, they pose no hinder for learning the interesting PHP language. PHP is changing rapidly, so I gathered much from this book, even if all the changes made to this language are not presented in this newest book. For the novice, though, a substantial basis to start learning!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KnowledgeSeeker on September 15, 2013
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Not sure where to begin; I must say that I am extremely disappointed with this book to say the least. I've been, mainly, a .net developer for close to 12 years now (that's all my programing life) and my first experience with php has been very confusing. I bought this book hoping that it would help me take off my Microsoft programming hat and put me in a php mindset, sadly that did not happen. The main issue I have with this book is the excessive mention of the tools and frameworks available to us (LDAP, ZEND, PEAR etc..) and the speed in which they were covered on one hand and the lack of hands-on programming on the other. I think the code examples presented in the book can be easily compressed into less than a chapter; the rest is more like definitions of the frameworks. A beginner with php could care less about LDAP, FILE and operating system, networking etc... A new comer wants to understand how to build a simple website while learning the essence of the scripting language. I would not recommend it for beginners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AddictedShopper on September 13, 2013
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The book is an unorganized mess. Lots of fluffs. The information presented is incomplete. For example, in chapter 18, the author discussed some configuration directives without telling the filename where to set the configuration. Explanations from Google searches are clearer. The examples in this book demonstrate bad practices. If you are a newbie, this book will lead you to write bad codes.

Buy a different book. Larry E. Ullman wrote a few good books, try those.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 3, 2011
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I provided a good quick reference guide to all the basic functions of PHP and MySQL. The book mostly focuses on the common and new functions for PHP. Though it mentions the legacy functions the new ones replace it does not provide a lot of detail on the legacy functions. So if you are planning on updating/optimizing your legacy PHP code, this book will definitely help. If you need a reference book for a legacy functions code you are better off using the docs on [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randall Hawkins on March 26, 2011
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I needed a book to get me up to speed with modern web application development, database interactions and front-end-to-database shuttling, and this book fit the bill. As a rusty application developer with considerable experience on ~15 year old systems, I was delighted to find a resource that would describe modern PHP, it's object-oriented features, PEAR, Ajax/jQuery/DOM, MySQL, PDO and point me to more detailed references as needed. I downloaded the book from the iBooks store (1551 pages on an iPad) and found that whenever I needed more information, Jason Gilmore pointed the way, and iBooks' search facilities got me out to the appropriate resource with few clicks. I like Mr. Gilmore's balance of informal tone and rigorous specificity and his facility with juggling the needs of both novice and professional (I'm a bit of both). I also obtained the (787 page) book on PDF for my multitouch TabletPC and found both interfaces to have their advantages and disadvantages.
iBooks. Pros: 1) I can read and highlight it while on an elliptical machine--I'm clocking up more calories! My highlights passed automatically to all my iOS devices. 2) Instant-on, bookmarking, search (in the book and through Google/Wiki) are well integrated, even on iPhone.
Cons: 1) Formatting is a bit wonky. I gather that this book was not written with the iBooks interface in mind and though it exploited the form factor well, it could have been better edited for formatting and page-width effects. 2) iPhone (4582 pp.) loads slowly, but responds quickly once loaded.
PDF. Pros: 1) WYSIWYG. It looks like the real book (I guess). 2) Mature PDF form factor design. 3) By putting it in my Dropbox, I'm able to read it from any internet device.
Cons: 1) Going out to pear.php.
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