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Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites (Animal Guide) [Paperback]

by Robin Nixon
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July 21, 2009 0596157134 978-0596157135 1
If you know HTML, this guide will have you building interactive websites quickly. You'll learn how to create responsive, data-driven websites with PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript, regardless of whether you already know how to program. Discover how the powerful combination of PHP and MySQL provides an easy way to build modern websites complete with dynamic data and user interaction. You'll also learn how to add JavaScript to create rich Internet applications and websites.

Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript explains each technology separately, shows you how to combine them, and introduces valuable web programming concepts, including objects, XHTML, cookies, and session management. You'll practice what you've learned with review questions in each chapter, and find a sample social networking platform built with the elements introduced in this book.

This book will help you:

  • Understand PHP essentials and the basics of object-oriented programming
  • Master MySQL, from database structure to complex queries
  • Create web pages with PHP and MySQL by integrating forms and other HTML features
  • Learn about JavaScript, from functions and event handling to accessing the Document Object Model
  • Use libraries and packages, including the Smarty web template system, PEAR program repository, and the Yahoo! User Interface Library
  • Make Ajax calls and turn your website into a highly dynamic environment
  • Upload and manipulate files and images, validate user input, and secure your applications


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"Just get this book... [it] will work like a miracle for you." - Abdul Khan --Amazon Canada

"Excellent! Easy to read, straightforward guide. Already learned several very useful things." - Holly --Good Reads

"Finally a comprehensive resource for HTML users who want to move to the next level, and implement data-driven access to their websites." - Michael L. Kleper --The Kleper Report

"After the first chapter of introducing terms; I knew that I had to purchase this book." - Graysen --Greysen Oh's Blog

"This is a superb start for learning the ins and outs of PHP, MySQL and JavaScript." - Jonny IT Guy --Amazon UK

Book Description

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites

Product Details

  • Series: Animal Guide
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596157134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596157135
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robin Nixon has been a writer for 30 years, producing in excess of 500 articles for many of the UK's top magazines, and has authored over 20 books. He started his writing career in the Cheshire homes for disabled people, where he was responsible for setting up computer rooms in a number of their residential homes, evaluating and tailoring hardware and software so that disabled people could use the new technology, and writing supporting documentation and articles for a selection of national publications.

After this Robin joined a large magazine publisher, where he held a variety of different editorial positions, before leaving to become a self-employed writer, and later branching out into developing websites (including the world's first licensed Internet radio station). In order to enable people to continue to surf while listening, Robin also developed the first known pop-up windows.

Robin and his family have relocated to the USA twice, once to run a web design company in California, and then again to set up an English Tearoom in Texas. In between times they ran several successful pubs, bed and breakfasts and nightclubs in England. But in recent years Robin has returned to writing, focusing on motivation and personal improvement, while still continuing to produce his popular series of books on computing, many of which have now been translated into multiple languages.

Robin lives on the south-east coast of England (where he writes full time), along with his five children and wife Julie (a trained nurse and university lecturer) - between them they also foster three disabled children.

Customer Reviews

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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - The Book to read to learn PHP October 27, 2009
By farout
Format:Paperback
Here is my background:
Java, Cold Fusion, ASP.net, C#, Rails; sys admin for Windows and Unix boxes.

Picked up several books to learn PHP - yuck!

Picked up this book. Wow. In 2 days I was on my way!

1. all the code examples actually work. Yes, it's true. I know it's shocking.
2. the explanations are excellent. Wow can this person communicate. Again shocking.
3. Tons of examples. Talking is great but I learn through code examples. There are plenty here. That is why in 2 days you will be like: Wow I can code in PHP.
4. Here is the best part - Nixon helps you setup everything so it works. I mean in less than 30min I was running PHP via Apache on my Windows using Mysql. I have days with other books trying to make things work because the author did not care enough to actually help me do setup.

Then pick up the PHP Web Dev Wellin/Thompson book and bang with Nixon's - you are a PHP intermediate level programmer.

Really - that easy.

I wasted so many hours with other books - crap. Live and learn.

Thank you Robin Nixon. This book is a godsend. With the hours I saved, I am partying - yee ha!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED January 9, 2010
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It is rare that I am so inspired to write a review for something. This book made learning easy. I must say that without the experience of taking a Java programming class at my college (the only programming experience I have), I would have likely had to make use of additional sources to fully grasp the PHP - object oriented section of this book. But even so, I still highly recommend this book to anybody wanting to create a highly functional website.

After spending about 2 weeks with it, I am already building dynamic websites that are impressing even myself. It is written very well and has great examples for practice coding. FIVE STARS without question!
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I had to come back and re-review this book. I'm taking off two stars off my rating, one for the overload of typos I found as I got deeper into the book and for some of the examples NOT being "real world" enough. I know that sounds picky but many of the examples could have served better as real scripts but instead he made some questionable choices that will make you pretty much have to start from scratch to make your own. They just could've been more practical.

On the positive side, I do agree with what's already been said about the author communicating well. The reason I was really excited about this title and why I'm loving it so much as I go through it is that it focuses on combining all three and talks about real-world situations. You might read a PHP or javascript book that does the job teaching you those on their own but when it's time to close the book and use them on a real website, you'd be lost or Googling a LOT of things. Most "cool" sites do a good job of making their scripting languages work well together, and this book will show you how to do that, and it serves as a good jump-off for more advanced scripting later. It's like the author said "I know what you're trying to accomplish, here's how to do it."

Good job.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Introducing PHP, MySQL and JavaScript July 17, 2010
By R. Chou
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Perhaps your like me where learning to write code for myself to be very difficult. I never took a computer programming classes so I lack many fundamentals and concepts. I've always had an easier time with HTML and CSS as those are not programming languages rather just input and output with properties and structures to learn.

As for learning a programming language like PHP (server-side) or JavaScript (browser-side) I've tried it all. From taking to websites that offer the basics and concepts such as free resources like W3Schools and Tizag. Sure, I start reading the code and know what going on but fundamentally, to write my own stuff, it was very difficult.

Found out about this book and it offered the three technologies I have been most earning to learn. This book does a great job to introduce each technology, the concepts about it and takes you step by step with some good code examples. It then goes to have you bring it all together to build your own simple dynamic social site, albeit, extremely bareboned, you'll see the power in using all three.

Here is a breakdown of each part:

1. PHP
2. MySQL
3. JavaScript
4. Emerging Technology (AJAX)
5. Building your own with what you learned

Its a good way to learn as it keeps you focused on a certain subject. Also, the pace is not too fast. As for starting with PHP, its a good way to lead into MySQL. Finally, by the time your starting to learn the basics of JavaScript, you'll already be familiar with what was taught in PHP regarding variables, strings, functions, arrays and objects.

Introducing AJAX really elevates ones perspective of the potential of using all three together to create dynamic and live websites.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction for Beginners March 18, 2010
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Writing an introductory book on a topic like web programming is always difficult because the audience is varied. The readers will range from complete newbies who have never written a program before to experts in other technologies writing their first web pages, or perhaps even experts in other web technologies using these technologies for the first time.

PHP, MySQL & JavaScript perhaps goes a bit fast for someone with no programming experience whatsoever, but does not assume expert programmer status. The PHP and MySQL sections are very well explained and would be great for someone with little experience. For someone with a lot of experience in other programming languages, the PHP section might be a bit slow, but can fairly easily be skimmed to get the main content.

The MySQL section was a great, but somewhat short, introduction to relational databases. A little more depth might be helpful. Many volumes have been written on relational databases, elsewhere, however.

The JavaScript section went at a good pace for someone who already has quite a bit of programming experience. It might be a bit fast for someone at the level that the PHP section assumes. Readers who are new to programming will have enough information to write working code, even if they don't understand all of the nuances behind the language.

Overall the book is a good starting off point for anyone wanting to learn web development with PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript. Readers with little programming experience should be able to follow the discussion without much trouble. The information is organized in a orderly way, so more experienced developers can skim or skip over what they already know.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Into for Newby
I like the fact that it covers several different items (PHP, MysSQL, & Javascript) in one book and is written in an easy-to-understand manner. Just starting but so far so good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gary S. Netherton
2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure who this is for
Maybe this book is useful if you already have a solid understanding of programming, but it's pretty useless for a novice. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joseph C. Weinmunson
2.0 out of 5 stars Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to...
Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating.. is good in delivery but the content is still the same fundamental or elementary stuff which may not be... Read more
Published 7 months ago by opakirite ibama
5.0 out of 5 stars Autodidacts choose this one!
I am a self taught PHP and MySQL coder, and in terms of MySQL, this book essentially got me from square one to building fairly complex databases. Read more
Published 10 months ago by heavyclassical
3.0 out of 5 stars Practical to jump into it.
PHP MySQL and JavaScript are disciplines that, if you are going to invest buying a book, would need a whole book each of themselves. This is good for starters, tho.
Published 11 months ago by Cristina
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as useful as I would have liked
So it has tips in it, but it's not as hands on. If you want something more specific, I would recommend getting another book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Christine Pham
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview for combining PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
I've fiddled around with various programming languages over the years, and I also have an extensive understanding of HTML and CSS. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchase this book or the newer one with css added to the title
I was completely lost when it came to what php and java was and how to program all together. This book made it possible for me to understand php, mysql and javascript programming... Read more
Published 17 months ago by AllnPttrsn
5.0 out of 5 stars Web Designers: Start Here
This book assumes that you know nothing about web programming and teaches you from the very basics. It covers (as the title would suggest) php, mysql, and javascript. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point
Good book to start learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript. Gets you started easily without confusing you, definitely a beginners book that helps you make sense of how PHP, MySQL, and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by manders
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