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Creating Interactive Web Sites with PHP and Web Services Paperback – December 9, 2003

ISBN-13: 002-5211442791 ISBN-10: 0782142796 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (December 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782142796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782142792
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,748,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Build Dynamic Websites with PHP and MySQL—and Extend Those Sites withWeb Services

PHP and MySQL are great tools for buildingdatabase-driven websites. There's nothing new about that. What is new isthe environment in which your site operates—a world rich (and growingricher) in web services that can add value and functionality in many differentways. Creating Interactive Web Sites with PHP and Web Services walks youthrough every step of a major web project—a content-managementsystem—teaching you both the basic techniques and little-known tricks youneed to build successful web sites. And you can use those skills to developdynamic applications that will meet your special requirements. Here’s someof what you’ll find covered inside:
  • Adding,deleting, and displaying data with a custom content-managementsystem
  • Building a template system with PHP
  • Interacting with web servicesusing PHP and MySQL
  • Creating and managing a user system and a shoppingcart
  • Processing credit card payments using merchant accounts and third-partypayment solutions
  • Tracking site statistics using PHP and MySQL
  • Enhancingyour site with third-party scripts

Tons of examples, complete withexplanations and supported by online source code, will speed your progress,whether you’re a true beginner or already have PHP experience. This book isplatform-agnostic, so it doesn’t matter if you’re deploying your siteon Linux or Windows. You also get PHP and MySQL references, so you can quickly resolve questions about syntax and similar issues.

About the Author

Eric Rosebrock, owner of PHP Freaks (http://www.phpfreaks.com), a community of developers helping one another learn and troubleshoot PHP. Eric has developed web pages with HTML, JavaScript, and ASP for 7 years and has been a professional PHP developer for 2 years. He has extensive knowledge of PHP, MySQL, Apache Web Server, and the Linux. Eric was a Windows 2k Sys Admin for the U.S.A.F. for 5 years, and has maintained over 2,000 workstations, 50 Windows 2k and NT servers, and IIS web servers.

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Customer Reviews

I lucked into this book at Borders, sat down and looked through it.
gayelle
The rest is an intermediate-level discussion of common PHP applications, which are addressed as well (if not better) in a number of other books... Not recommended.
Kevin Carlson
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is working with PHP and web services, beginner to advanced levels.
Bradley D. Beard

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Paul Mueller on February 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Let me start by saying that I did find this book quite helpful. It contains a wealth of ideas about topics that a Web site developer would want to know about. The author doesn't just talk about designing a Web site with static data. These Web sites really are interactive, which is the direction that many Web sites are headed today. For example, if you want to create a blog, Chapter 6 will get you started. Are you a merchant that wants to get started with online payments? Chapters 8 and 9 will get you started; although, they probably aren't the end of the journey because the book doesn't address security and privacy concerns. Even so, you can get a lot of information out of this book.
The book does have a few problems, one of which is the title. I didn't really see much in the way of real Web services coverage. Yes, there is a simple example of working with Amazon Web Services in Chapter 7, but that's not really a lot of coverage. The supposed coverage of Google Web Services in Chapter 7 doesn't deal with Google Web Services at all--it discusses how to create request URLs for the standard interface. Does this make the techniques less useful? No, I found them quite helpful, but this truly isn't a Web services book.
I found it a little jolting that the author has just barely introduced functions on page 17 and on page 18 you're already working with databases. I wouldn't consider this a book for the novice--it's not a gentle introduction to PHP at all.
The author also has a tendency to either omit necessary configuration details or mention them in passing so that a reader could easily miss them. For example, the reader needs a developer token to work with the Amazon example, yet the author devotes a single sentence to this topic and it's buried in a paragraph with other details.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Carlson on January 28, 2005
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The title of this book is unfortunately misleading. If you believe, as I do, that "Web Services" has something to do with SOAP (or more specifically, nuSOAP or other PHP-specific library) then prepare to be disappointed if you buy this book!

The closest thing you will find is a short discussion of the Amazon API and Google translation services, a slim 24 page chapter out of the entire 400+ page book. These are both already documented online.
The rest is an intermediate-level discussion of common PHP applications, which are addressed as well (if not better) in a number of other books...

Not recommended.

Postscript: Based on the ratings for this review, I felt it necessary to add the following clarifying comments:

This book is a decent introduction to general PHP web programming. However (and most PHP newbies would not know this), "Web Services" is a VERY specific programming term used to describe some relatively advanced concepts, e.g. Remote Procedure Calls between hardware-agnostic servers.

So what we have here is a book that explicitly claims to provide some specific, advanced programming knowledge. THE BOOK DOES NOT DELIVER ON THE PROMISE IMPLIED BY ITS TITLE! No matter how good an introductory book this is, readers should be warned that they will not come away with any increased knowledge of "Web Services". Caveat Emptor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SuJun on July 23, 2006
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I'm using this book for a class. Most of the students have had bad experiences with PHP before this -- I'm one of them. The back of this book states it is rated for an Intermediate/Advanced user level. The rating is totally accurate. Unless you have a basic but decent PHP background you will be lost. The author uses special characters, terms, etc. that are not previously defined, and assumes a basic understanding of programming. If you do not have a basic understanding of programming and an elementary knowledge of PHP, find another book. This one does not give enough background in PHP to get a novice up to speed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2005
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Rosebruck gives a book well suited to you if you have already done some PHP, but want to migrate to the more complex challenge of using it to make a website. He shows how this is harder than just writing PHP to make 1 HTML page. Now you have many pages. Probably divided into various thematic groups.

Of those groups, or tasks, he gives examples. Like hooking to a back end database. He chooses MySQL for the latter. Or, how to impose a membership system, with passwords and members-only pages. Plus, how to add a shopping cart and various payment scripts. And he shows quickly how a content management system might be used, so that visitors can read and write content.

However, the book's coverage of Web Services is very rudimentary. In this aspect, the prominent billing in the title is a trifle misleading. If you need a text on it, look somewhere else.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William T. Katz on February 21, 2004
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First, I want to say that the book's code (downloaded from the website) has been a real boon in getting an operational PHP-based website up in a short time. I'm not sure what errors the previous reviewers are describing, but I've been very happy with the framework provided by free by the author. There are some minor errors but if you come up to speed on PHP, you'll catch them quickly.
I've programmed for a while in C, C++, and a smattering of other languages, but I'm basically a database and dynamic website newbie. I picked up this book to help me learn PHP and dive into building a data-driven community website from the ground up. One reason I rate the book highly is that while other PHP books provided watered-down website examples, this one starts at a reasonable level -- and by reasonable I mean (1) authentication & authorization through a database, (2) a framework for having all web pages in the site follow a consistent layout. Rather than "hello world" elementary pages, the book starts with useful pages and explains the code as it goes. The website run by the author probably uses similar techniques to the ones described in the book, although tweaked and enhanced, much like I'm doing with the book examples for my site.
The reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the lack of some advanced topics like better use of object oriented design and separation of content and logic with Smarty (or a look at how phpBB does it). The author does provide a layout framework that gets reused among all web pages (i.e. consistent headers, sidebars, and footers), but HTML portions still have some embedded code. The book also provides some insight into payment processing, amazon/google interfacing, and visitor tracking.
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