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ISBN-13: 978-1118066881 ISBN-10: 111806688X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111806688X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118066881
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Take static pages and turn them into a dynamic website!

Perhaps you know how to create a static website using HTML/CSS, but now you want to learn how to create dynamic, data-driven websites. If you're new to PHP and MySQL, this book-and-DVD package is an ideal introduction to working with website pages that contain a mixture of HTML and PHP/MySQL. Author Andrea Tarr starts with what you know—an HTML/CSS website—and step by step she teaches you how to replace and enhance the site using PHP to create and manipulate your HTML pages and MySQL to bring in your data. You learn how to design, create, and use databases with MySQL, both within PHP programs and using the popular phpMyAdmin program. Explaining the programming principles as you go along, this book-and-DVD combination provides you with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of PHP and the basics of object-oriented programming.

PHP and MySQL 24-Hour Trainer:

  • Escorts you through preparing your computer to run PHP and MySQL by downloading and installing free software

  • Explains what variables are, how to work with them, and how to debug your programs

  • Zeros in on how databases work and how to design them

  • Shares tips for working with MySQL in a PHP program

  • Details ways to create tables, enter data, select data, change data, and delete data

The 24-Hour Trainer is a unique book-and-DVD package that delivers step-by-step lessons for handling real-world scenarios. Each lesson in the book is accompanied by an instructional video that reinforces the content while providing additional explanations and tips.

On the DVD

Don't just learn—do!

The lessons within the book are each accompanied by an instructional demonstration on the DVD.

You'll learn to:

  • Manipulate your website using PHP

  • Use object-oriented programming

  • Handle errors and write secure code

  • Design a database

  • Integrate MySQL with PHP

  • Process HTML forms

  • Create user logins, a mini content management system, and a data-driven menu

Please see the DVD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

About the Author

Andrea Tarr has been a programmer and IT manager for 30 years and now spends her time programming websites using PHP/MySQL. She is a member of the Production Leadership Team for Joomla!, a popular PHP/MySQL-based content management system.

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This book is very easy to go through.
dumplin
I will admit that is wasn't until the end of the book that I felt I was really 'getting' it and maybe part of that was that I had done the same thing over and over.
A. P. Rickards
I highly recommend it for anyone starting out with PHP and MySQL.
Stephen Brennan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Independent Thinker on December 15, 2011
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Just exactly what I needed. Understandable even for a newbie. I am making great progress thanks to this book! Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Gibbs on March 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
The only gripe I have is that it tends to repeat a lot of stuff (I'm betting this is for people who jump in at certain chapters) and that they fail to explain WHY many things are used (tho this is probably not important, it helps me to understand whats going on). I found it very clear and much easier to get through then some of the loftier books.

Also, I think the editor was drunk when he reviewed chapter 15. There are so many mistakes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MTwins on February 21, 2012
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This is one of the best PHP book now in the market, I can tell if the author is a really technical person as what demonstrated in the video alone, I spent time learning in the video rather than reading it, if you have patient to practice by coding it, that video is better than taking some "in class" lesson, because the application discussed in the video has a complete package. Great book, especially if you're new to PHP and MySql.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By airbrushtutor on March 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because of the promise of quality learning through guided tutorials and it's for appreciation of the effort in constructing this book in such a way that i've given it 3 stars. While the book starts off easily enough for a beginner to follow i found that the tutorials were lacking in some detail. When we're adding dynamics to our test website and the '(isset($_GET['xxx']))' request comes up, with no explanations of what isset is, nor what $_GET is - just what it does, which is a fundamental difference when you are trying to learn 'why'.
I still follow the tutorials of this book, however I would recommend that you purchase another tutorial based book on PHP to help you along such as Head First PHP & MySQL, which goes into detail about the 'why', not just the function of the element.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Brennan on May 24, 2012
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I picked up this book to help me with my studies. I have found it to be very well written. The case study is fun, as are some of the examples. The video files help supplement the book. I highly recommend it for anyone starting out with PHP and MySQL.
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I have just finished working through the entire book cover to cover so I thought I might write a review for anyone else considering buying it.

First all, this is a book intended for people with a basic knowledge of HTML and no programming experience. I myself had used PHP a bit before, mainly by copying and pasting from online tutorials, but this was my first attempt at learning a programming language properly.

The book takes you through the process of turning a static HTML website into a dynamic PHP & MYSQL based one. Your hand is held through each step of the process and all of the code is provided for you so it is often a matter of just retying the program (or copying and pasting from the code downloads -- don't do this if you want to learn anything). I don't think this would be a very useful approach were it not for the fact that the book has MANY typing errors.

I suppose typing errors would normally be considered a bad thing but it does keep you on your toes and there is nothing like troubleshooting a program to get you to understand how it works. I think I actually learnt almost as much about programming from troubleshooting (not always the book's fault) as I did from the actual text.

A couple of complaints:
1. On occasion the author doesn't fully explain something but just tells you to do it. My favourite example of this is when she said something like "Because we are just doing this as an exercise we don't need to worry too much about security but if it were a live project you would need to make it more secure." And that was it! No hint about how you would go about making something like that more secure or even a suggestion about where to look for information on the topic.

2. There is a lot of repetition.
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