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MySQL/PHP Database Applications (M&T Books) Paperback – January 29, 2001

ISBN-13: 078-5555050365 ISBN-10: 0764535374

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Product Details

  • Series: M&T Books
  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (January 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764535374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764535376
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,834,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How could the combination of PHP and MySQL--which is feature-rich, highly reliable combination, capable of dealing with large traffic volumes, and absolutely free of charge in most cases--be any better? In MySQL/PHP Database Applications, Jay Greenspan and Brad Bulger explain how to work with the capable pair, primarily for applications you might use on a Web site. If you take the time to study the advice and work through your own tests of the concepts presented, it's pretty much certain that you'll walk away with the knowledge you need to do serious development work with the PHP scripting language and the MySQL database server.

Rather than make up trivial programs just to illustrate aspects of the MySQL/PHP environment, this book features code snippets, each half a page or so in length, that illustrate the behavior of key code structures. For example, in explaining conditional statements in PHP, the book gives you a no-frills IF statement with real values in place. It's not always obvious how the code structures will behave in practice, but the book does a consistently good job of commenting intelligently on the place of each aspect of the language in a well-designed application. The latter half of the book attacks specific problems--a chat system, a guest book, and so on--and walks through the setup of MySQL and each important PHP function for each. --David Wall

Topics covered: The PHP server-side scripting language and the MySQL database server, explained for people who have neither a lot of database administration background nor programming experience. Matters of creating and querying databases, and of performing simple and advanced operations with PHP scripting, are covered adroitly.

From the Back Cover

MySQL/PHP Database Applications Affordable Open Source Solutions to E-Commerce Challenges In this unique guide, two Web development gurus show you how to harness the open source power of MySQL and PHP — and create high-performance Web database applications that won't break the bank. Using plenty of ready-to-run code and seven concrete examples — from a simple guestbook to a not-so-simple shopping cart — they walk you step-by-step through the process of building a MySQL database and writing real-world PHP applications. Best of all, they provide you with MySQL, PHP, and all their examples on the CD-ROM — which means that you're holding in your hands everything you need to jump-start an e-commerce project. Create High-Performance Database Applications for the Web
  • Find out what MySQL offers — and doesn't
  • Get up to speed on normal forms and other MySQL basics
  • Build MySQL tables with Structured Query Language
  • Extract database information with MySQL selects and functions
  • Work with PHP variables, control structures, and functions
  • Get tips on writing good code and using object-oriented techniques
  • Create simple applications: a guestbook and a survey
  • Develop more sophisticated applications: a catalog, a content manager, a threaded discussion, a problem tracking system, and a shopping cart
  • Discover helpful appendixes on HTML forms, MySQL utilities, PHP functions, and more
Bonus CD-ROM Includes
  • MySQL 3.23
  • PHP 4.0.3
  • Apache 1.3.12
  • PHP classes, libraries, utilities, and other tools
  • Ready-to-run code and example applications from the book
System Requirements PC running Windows 95 or later, Windows NT 4 or later, Linux or Unix. See Appendix J for more details and requirements. www.mandtbooks.com

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I wish I had spent the money I wasted on this book on chocolate.
Vaughan Healy
While you would think this would leave room in the book for thorough coverage of other things, that just isn't the case.
Brian K Jones
As I It is hard to find a book convined MySQL and PHP, but I recommend to look for another book.
joe

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steve Johnson on March 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
While the examples are great and the topic coverage is excellent, there are 2 or more typos on almost every page. It looks like they were in such a hurry to get the thing out the door that quality control was not a consideration.
The typos aren't just in the text; they are quite common in the examples. For instance, when showing an example of a "contact" table, the text refers to contacts while the example shows contracts. There are missing "_"'s in the data names and PHP and SQL syntax mistakes throughout.
Given that, if you are willing to debug the text and the examples, you'll find 99% of what you will need to know to be able to create a database driven website with Apache/PHP/MySQL.
If you need the information now, buy it. If you can, I'd wait for the second edition; perhaps they can reduce the mistakes.
sj
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Johnson on February 23, 2002
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I first learned PHP from Luke Welling and Laura Thomson's excellent "PHP and MySQL Web Development," and bought 'MySQL/PHP Database Applications' to provide an alternative perspective on solving problems. Unfortunately, this book doesn't offer enough content to warrant its high price.
A full 58 pages is devoted to a PHP function reference which is a bit of a joke because PHP has one of the better online function references available. Code examples are printed with very large font again taking up more space than is necessary.
Most important, though, some of these examples are a little bit suspect.
They present a Catalog application written using Object Oriented Programming (OOP). This would have been valuable except that the classes they create are so specific that they couldn't be re-used -- basically negating the value of OOP to begin with.
They do provide a couple of examples of good and bad relational database schema, but that isn't really worth the cost of this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2001
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Overall, I found this book to serve as an excellent introduction to development using PHP and MySQL. The authors have a refreshing, no-nonsense approach to presenting information on MySQL and PHP quickly and in an easily understandable manner. However, on the flip side, this book is definately not for the beginning programmer. It is clear that the authors assume at least some familliarity with procedural programming languages, especially when presenting their examples. In the end, I heartily recommend this book to its target audience- programmers with some experience looking to learn how to use PHP with MySQL.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LongShanks on September 14, 2001
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Only one year ago I had no understanding on PHP, MYSQL, Apache, RedHat or Unix, nor did I have any formal training in programming. Now, I have written very elaborate and fully expandable programs that are portable from one application to another and have been promoted Sr. Web Designer in the Internet Systems Department of my company.
This book was one of my frequently used library of books which included MySQL, PHP, Apache, Redhat and Unix Manuals. If you have a good base for programming you may not need it but it will help you create a structure for your code to follow, unlike most PHP code that is out on the web now. PHP is a pretty easy to understand language once you make it past the learning curve so, therefore there are tons and tons of horribly disgusting code that works. This book will help you learn to build your code so that you can use it over and over and not limit your ability for expansion. I do recommend this book but only if you accompany it with other important manuals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "jonatbumpycircledotcom" on April 23, 2003
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This is a great book, two years ago. I have spent more time and energy than I wish over the last two months trying to get the syntax differences down, and hunt down bugs in the code I'm writing. A new edition is out expected out in August, in which PHP 4.2 and MySQL 4.1 are to be covered. While no published book will keep up with the advancing of technologies that are standards today, this new edition will be much much closer to what is in use right now.
Wait if you can, otherwise, you're in for a headache.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Avetis on April 16, 2001
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This is surely great book. For the very beginner it can be a little difficult, but if you have some understanding of what the programming is, this book will move you to the state where you have power to create almost any PHP+MySQL application. Covers many aspects of PHP4 and MySQL application development in both procedural and Object Oriented approaches. There are lots of useful references for further improvement. After reading this book you don't need another one.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JO on April 19, 2001
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There are typos everywhere. Often the typos render the code unusable. For the person who is learning these two development tools (which should be the target audience) you can't figure out why the code doesn't work. I hate paying money so that I can be frustrated.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sam Highley on March 12, 2001
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I probably should have taken more notice of the Reader Level on the back of this book, which lists "Intermediate to Advanced". Unfortunately it was the only book available at the time that seemed to cover both PHP and mySql, so I went ahead and bought it.
I've bought coding/scripting books in the past for "beginner" levels and found myself screaming through the book at 10 pages a minute, and ending up not learning much at all, hence I wasn't too concerned about the level listed for this book.
In hindsight, this was pretty stupid. I'm halfway through this book and my head is spinning. I don't think i've taken in a single thing so far, or nothing I could replicate anyway. I was hoping that once I got to the coding examples, i'd start to pick things up. Unfortunately, the author doesn't take you through the creation of the scripts, rather presenting the finished script on the CD for analysis.
Anyway, i'm about to head out and buy a book aimed at the PHP beginner level, hopefully PHP Essentials by Julie Meloni, or PHP Fast and Easy Web Development, also by Meloni.
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