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PHP Fast & Easy Web Development Paperback – July 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0761530558 ISBN-10: 076153055X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 1 edition (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076153055X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761530558
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,566,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Meloni is the technical director for i2i Interactive, a multimedia company located in Los Altos, CA. She’s been developing Web-based applications since the Web first saw the light of day and remembers the excitement surrounding the first GUI Web browser. She is the author of several books and articles on Web-based programming languages and database topics, and you can find translations of her work in several languages, including Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, and even Serbian.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jim Dugan on November 27, 2000
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PHP Fast & Easy it is! What Julie C. Meloni does is lead you by the hand as you type in the code (which you often don't understand until several pages later) and learn PHP character by bloody character. I came to this book with a firm background in HTML but only brief forays into programming and scripting. This book let me see the logic of it all and had me writing useful scripts before I was halfway through. It falls down in a couple things: 1. Installation turned out to be more difficult than Meloni predicted. I had a wayward .dll file and no way to find out why PHP wasn't working. Meloni tried to help through email (how many authors would do that?!?!). Eventually, I stumbled on the problem and all was better. 2. Searching a database is only just barely touched upon. Why else would you have a database than to be able to search it? This could easily be an entire book, of course, but this one could have gone into that a little further. In summary, it's a really great way to start PHP and gives a solid foundation to continue. Best of all, it leaves you excited about this tool, wanting to know all the ways to use it best.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian Donnelly on September 5, 2000
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This is an absolutely fabulous book for beginning PHP. If only they made books like this for every scripting language. The examples are simple, easy to understand and hell, they work! PHP is a pretty complex language but this book dives right into the core of what you need to know about CGI with PHP. Even if it doesn't explain the code in depth enough it at least allows the user to have a basic grasp of what the language is doing with line-by-line explainations. The section on mySQL is very complete and should allow the reader to take off running with mySQL, plus when you are done with the exercise, you have a web interface for mySQL that you can use indefinately. Any experienced perl programmer will be able to see the advantages of PHP just by thumbing the pages (me for example).
The only reason I give it four stars is because of the annoying blue text - please tell me this was a mistake. The HUGE TEXT was a turn off as well, reads like a child's book. I'll take it though and I recomend it to all BEGINNERS in PHP.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Stone on August 7, 2000
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This book does exactly what it says it will, buy this book and you'll be up and running with PHP in less than an hour. It's a really quick read with good explanations, even includes a CD with mySQL 3.22 and PHP4.
Unfortunately, it lacks the technical depth needed to do anything productive. So experienced programmers-- look elsewhere; you probably want something more complex than this book will offer.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Keith A Leonard on November 22, 2000
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The author has constructed example exercises beginning with the basics and moving on to form submission, error checking and database management. You will want to sit down in front of your computer and dig in! Examples support both the Windows and Linux OS. In the first chapter, you will use the CD-ROM included to set up your own Apache Web Server with PHP4 and MySQL! This make the entire process easy for anyone to use, right on your own machine. Some basic knowledge of open-source programming is helpful as details on errors that you encounter are pretty skinny. The book assumes that each example works and moves on. PHP does help you through this as each error will echo a parse error indicating the line that you need to fix. With a little patience and some basic knowledge of scripting such as Javascript or Perl, you will learn to use PHP4 in no time!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gizmola on July 27, 2001
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This is an interesting book, written with a casual easy going style that will no doubt appeal to some people, particularly i would guess, hobbyists who are trying to get a dynamic website with PHP up for the first time. Although the publisher Prima Tech doesn't provide any sort of skill level rating, make no mistake, this is a book for beginners only.
PHP fast&easy web development assumes that you will be using mysql as a database, which is fine, but not clearly stated on the front cover. The author has a website with some decent articles on using other databases with PHP which somewhat mitigates the issue.
One of the things that bothered me about PHP fast&easy is that the author seems relatively agnostic about what features of the language one *should use*. PHP is a highly flexible, loosely typed language with numerous pitfalls that a beginning developer can fall deep into, yet these areas are never acknowledged or discussed.
To illustrate this, a beginning section discusses the ways that PHP code can be intermixed with HTML, and the special tag syntax required. While she lists <? ?> as being an acceptable block, she never informs the reader, that they shouldn't use this syntax and should instead use <?php ?>. She then shows the use of the echo command for outputting text, using the " character to surround text, not mentioning that one can also use ' and that this helps avoid the perils of having to escape all instances of the " character when echoing embedded HTML.
In a later chapter the author shows how one could create some forms with the ability to create mysql databases and tables, never mentioning that a mysql user connecting through PHP with this type of access to a database is a huge security risk.
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