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Expert PHP and MySQL Paperback – March 29, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (March 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470563125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470563120
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

Best practices and expert techniques for today's most demanding apps

As the world's most popular, general purpose, open source scripting language, PHP is frequently used with MySQL to create high-traffic, mission-critical applications. This indispensable book shares proven, author-tested best practices and expert techniques that can be applied to even the most demanding MySQL-driven PHP apps. You'll explore ways to extend MySQL with user-defined functions, write PHP extensions, and solve problems when PHP and MySQL alone are not enough and other techniques or third-party tools are necessary.

Expert PHP and MySQL:

  • Reviews essential techniques, such as design patterns, complex queries, and advanced regular expression

  • Addresses advanced PHP concepts, such as iterators and closures

  • Demonstrates using Gearman for multitasking in your web applications

  • Discusses caching using memcached with MySQL and your PHP web applications

  • Discusses ways to create PHP Extensions and MySQL User Defined Functions

  • Shows how to use Sphinx for search functionality in your PHP web applications

Wrox Expert books present the wisdom accumulated by an experienced author team who is recognized as experts by the programming community. These experts challenge professional developers to examine their current practices in pursuit of better results.

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About the Author

Andrew Curioso is a senior software engineer at MyVBO (Virtual Business Office) creating an innovative and scalable infrastructure for Rich Internet Applications using PHP and MySQL.

Ronald Bradford is a technology strategist and advisor specializing in MySQL, Drizzle and related web technologies. With a primary focus on architecture, design, performance analysis and scalability of web applications, his consulting portfolio ranges from Internet startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Patrick Galbraith is a principal software engineer at Lycos, adding new PHP and MySQL offerings for Tripod Users, switching remaining apps using Oracle to MySQL as well as other interesting projects.


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By pCarsten on April 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is choke-full of information, examples and best practices written by some of the foremost experts in their respective fields. All of the authors clearly have extensive experience working on setups requiring expert knowledge. Best of all, they are not afraid of thinking outside the box and the solutions they present are in no way limited to pure PHP and MySQL solutions.

This book really does expect something from the reader, so perhaps a word of caution is in order: you really do need to be familiar with a range of non-beginner subjects on both PHP and MySQL. I strongly recommend that you first read Chapter 1 of the book, helpfully available on the books' website. If you are not familiar with the contents presented here, you're not likely to gain much from your purchase.

If, on the other hand, all that you read there is Known Stuff, you're really in for a treat with this book. If you write programs because you have that personal itch, this book is going to make you feel as if you've just been attacked by a horde of mosquitoes. Really. You'll be re-thinking everything about how you build your websites from now on. But you won't need any itches for this book to make you re-think how you work with PHP and MySQL.

The book is extremely information-packed. I'm not one to shy away from reading 3-400 pages of technical references in a day, but this book is so densely filled that you simply won't be able to do that. Considering the breadth of topics covered, the authors at the same time manage to dive very deeply into each subject, covering all relevant resources, options, program libraries and best practices along the way. This does not make the book hard to read, to the contrary the language is very clear and concise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darren Cassar on July 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
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mysql > Being a MySQL DBA, not a developer, I was mostly interested in the MySQL sections but given I have a general interest in scripting I did go through some of the PHP sections. To be honest they were quite advanced for my php knowledge and experience.

The good thing about the book is that even though it assumes you have the basic knowledge, it still provides an introductory background on most of the two (PHP and MySQL) topics. This is not a "PHP and MySQL for dummies" so don't expect to learn the very basics nor will you become an expert in either topic by just reading the book. Even if you read the book thoroughly, becoming an expert requires years of hard work and experience. Having said that, his book is a good guide to make it there.

If you are at least a basic developer, this book will help you increase your knowledge drastically and create much better apps. If you are already an experienced dev, the book will probably still give you a few insights on things you don't use all that often and help keep your edge. As regards DBAs, the book is worth a great deal in that quite a substantial amount of its content is MySQL, and the PHP chapters will help you understand the developer point of view.

Finally, its a great addition to my library for referencing and a good read.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yaroslav Zborovsky on May 14, 2010
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Quite a nice book. I wouldn't say it's a "must have", because some topics were only given a brief outline. I wonder why the authors included those paragraphs where they didn't give the topic a full coverage, but presented a short summary and said "You should already know this". Why did they include those paragraphs at all? It concerns mostly chapters devoted to MySQL. But as for PHP, everything's more than OK. General conclusion - "Above average". But so far not that perfect as I expected.
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By Mallesh on September 23, 2011
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I am an ASP.net/Microsoft techno guy with minimum knowledge about open source languages/technologies. I wanted to get an understanding of those languages. After I read the book, I feel like I knew so many new things. The explanation given in the book with examples is really simple to understand. It covers from basic to advanced topics. I would definitely recommend it.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shay M. Anderson on June 21, 2010
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I assumed by the title, and past experiences with wrox publications, that this book would have a decent amount of code, however, this book has Very few lines of code. The book mainly covers methods/technologies for maintaining/developing large Web sites/apps in PHP and MySQL. The book does not give vast PHP code examples of what it would take to write expert PHP sites/apps. I read this book cover to cover in about a week and learned absolutely nothing. Most of the content in the book should already be familiar to a "PHP programmer". A lot of the content was also very vague. The lack of PHP code illustrated in the book was frustrating and the few lines of PHP code in the book are full of typos/syntax errors. I was hoping this book would extend wrox's Pro PHP5, but this is not the case. I guess I will have to wait for a Pro PHP 5.3 or a book by another publisher...
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