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PHP 5 For Dummies Paperback – April 16, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0764541667 ISBN-10: 0764541668 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764541668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764541667
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Start programming PHP and make your Web site interactive

Discover arrays of variables, start writing scripts, and get object oriented

The script calls for an interactive Web site – where do you start? Right here, with a fast and friendly way to get the hang of PHP 5 programming! You’ll also discover all the other cool things you can do with PHP, like managing files, interacting with databases, using system commands, and more.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

About the Author

Janet Valade is the author of PHP & MySQL For Dummies. In addition, she has authored and revised chapters for several Linux books and for a Webmaster certification book.
Janet Valade has 20 years experience in the computing field. She worked as a Web designer/programmer for an engineering firm. Prior to that, Janet worked for several years in a university environment as a systems analyst. During her tenure, she supervised the installation and operation of computing resources, designed and developed a data archive, provided technical support for faculty and students, wrote numerous technical papers, and developed and presented seminars and workshops on a variety of technology topics.

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This book is rather outdated because it was written in 2004.
Chick Jordan
It is a good book for beginners, but there are just too many typos, which can cause a beginner to be more confused at times.
BZB
NOT> If you already have some PHP knowledge, it might be useful as a refrence guide.
kayak fiend

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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Janet Valade on August 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Yes, the author reads the reviews here. That's me. The error in which a few quotes were replaced with underscores occurred during the publishing process, after I was finished with the book. I didn't know about the errors until I saw the earlier review here. However, there is no way to fix it. If the book is reprinted or a second edition is released, I can fix the errors, but not until then. I wish I could. I apologize to any who were confused by this problem.

There are 8 quotes replaced with underscores on 4 lines in Chapter 3, 2 quotes replaced with underscores on 1 line in Chapter 4, and 20 quotes replaced with underscores on 8 lines in Chapter 5. I have a list of the errors and corrections on my web site at janet.valade.com/php5errors.html.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Strong on January 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
I only give this two stars because there are a few snippets of code that are worth absorbing. However this book has enough errors to make the subject matter confusing. I've used quite a few "Dummies" books as intros to a variety of subjects in my 20 years of programming. They have for the most part been quite helpful.

I always expect some errors from books dealing with technical material, but the errors here are of a nature so as to cause confusion, especially to those new to PHP.

My bottom line recommendation is not to use this book if you are new to programming or to PHP. You'll spend more time than warranted separating the wheat from the chaff. There are much better intros to be had. Try Sam's "PHP, MySQL and Apache" or Sitepoint's "Object Oriented PHP Solutions". Both are accurate, easy to understand, and have code samples that are easy to get to.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on June 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
I like the Dummies books.
OK, so I'm not sophisticated, professional, or even very smart. But so many computer books seem to forget the first twenty pages that explain just what the hell you are trying to do. Perhaps the Dummies books take 40 pages to explain what could have been donw in 20, but that's not a problem. I can read fast.
It has often happened that I first read a Dummies book and then once I'm deep into doing something with that language I need to go get a more complete Bible type book. I haven't gotten far enough into PHP yet to know if this is true, but in moving a web site over to Unix (BSD), Postgre, Apache, and PHP; I don't have the time to read a Bible on each one of these. This book, along with some other Dummies books is getting me started a lot faster than I thought possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lenglet on February 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have to repeat what others have said. This being a programming book, it is inexcusable to have _ when the programming language wants a "

Terrible experience trying to learn a programming language when several symbols are just plain wrong in the text. What's the point? I'm paying money to waste my time figuring out typos in a programming language I do not know.

So why did I give my money? Never again. The publisher should be recalling this book but they haven't done so.

Other then this tremendously horrid mistake which is throughout the book there is some good information. There is also a lot of senseless rambling. The author goes on and on about PHP numerical functions. All she had to say was you can perform calculations and a few examples. Her rambling text is painfully dry. Maybe she should have spent more time proofreading rather then the obvious page filling.

I'm angry that I had to translate code I'm trying to learn. Maybe the author and publisher should be paying me to teach them. Refund please.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Larry R. Noles on August 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
Although I am learning a lot from this book, I am frustrated by the number of typo's. I finally figured out that when you see an underscore, it might really be a single or double quote...

Now, I need to go back and make sure if an underscore ever really means underscore...

Does the author of these books ever read these reviews???
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam Bailey on July 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I got the book today and found it uses some weird syntax. For example the author uses echo_ instead of echo, etc. This happens numerous times in the book.

I also wouldn't call this book for people who have no knowledge of php. This does not introduce the basic concepts of the language well like for example the tags in php. All the author says is thats how scripts start. Other books gave me paragraphs why they have those tags. This book though is good for a beginner but has had some experience with the language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kayak fiend on April 11, 2010
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This is one of those cases where what I thought I was getting in fact is NOT WHAT I GOT!. Honestly, the book seems to be ok, but as a learning refrence it's not anywhere close to what I thought it was going to be. I bought the book because it said it was aimed towards beginners and pros, and that it was a good place to start. NOT> If you already have some PHP knowledge, it might be useful as a refrence guide. But it covered stuff like navigating the files on my computer and I just don't know why I would ever go through the trouble of writing a script for that. If your knowledge is intermediate, this book might be ok for you, but if your beginning your knowledge from day one like myself. stay away from this book, it's not what your looking for.
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