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Beginning PHP and MySQL: From Novice to Professional (Expert's Voice in Web Development) 4th ed. 2010 Edition
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He is the author of seven books, including the bestselling "Beginning PHP and MySQL, Fourth Edition", "Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework, Second Edition", and "Easy Active Record for Rails Developers".
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. 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Buy a different book. Larry E. Ullman wrote a few good books, try those.
An example: In chapter 10, "Working with the file and operating system", there are something like 15 pages about reading files, but not one page about writing files. Say what? And no examples of writing files. It's really as if the author simply never thought about it.
Every subject, every section leaves me wanting. There is almost no section of the book where I pick it up and glean meaningful examples.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very deep book, goes into everything from setting up your servers to some of the more advanced parts of PHP and MySQL. A beautiful and big book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dochian V. Thomas
Unlike what the title would have you believe, this really isn't designed for beginners. However, once you get past that, this a quite a good reference book. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Josh
I will definitely say this is the best book for a php developer who wants to become an skilled php developer and get a lot of experience. Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by Patient Assontia
Most of the book is devoted to examples that have very little use for the capabilities that are most often needed. i.e. Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by janusgj
This book has absolutely NO examples. Programming is not something you can pickup by reading and understanding, you need to DO to learn the nuances of how things work. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Usman Shahid
Basically this book is completely riddled with type-o's. There are so many that you really can't rely on what the author says without checking to see if he didn't mistype something... Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by Steven
Beware! If you're a beginner this book is NOT for you.
Author says you only need cursory knowledge of HTML and then writes this: "suppose you wanted to insert a single... Read more
This is generally a solid book, however the page index in the kindle version seems to be missing.
So trying to use the kindle version as a reference book while coding... Read more