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PHP and MySQL For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) Paperback – April 9, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0764555893 ISBN-10: 0764555898 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (April 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764555898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764555893
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,408,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Updated for PHP 5 and MySQL 4

Create dynamic, interactive Web pages on Windows®, Linux®, or Mac OS® X systems

Open up a whole new world of Web database applications with PHP and MySQL, the perfect open source pair! This handy guidebook shows you how, with sample applications of an online catalog and a members-only Web site. Get the scoop on security issues, set up your Apache Web server, design the ideal database, 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

Discover how to:

  • Plan and develop a Web database application
  • Design and build the database
  • Write custom PHP application programs
  • Work with numbers and character strings
  • Move information from one Web page to another

About the Author

Janet Valade has been a Web designer and programmer, a systems analyst, a builder of e-commerce Web applications, and an instructor of various computer topics.

Customer Reviews

It's great for beginners.
Sam Hill
Just a couple of examples: the function "isset" isn't even in the index so good luck finding it in the book (unless you want to read through it again).
Timothy P. Trice
Now, you're stuck with a database, no table, no columns, and the ability to add values to the table once you figure out how to add columns).

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Graf on June 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found PHP & MySQL for DUMMIES by Janet Valade to be an extremely useful starting place for practicing those tools, and if your circumstances and needs are similar to mine, then you may find it helpful as well. I have a database that I want to serve on the web. I have some experience with relatively simple programming, including C, but I am not a programmer per se. At my work, I have access to a web-server running both MySQL and PHP and an administrator to make sure that they are working. I am also someone who likes to do things themselves so that the result matches precisely what is in my head. All that this dummy needed was an introductory lesson on the syntax and structure of these two "languages" and Valade provided it.

MySQL & PHP for DUMMIES uses the example of setting up an online catalog for a pet store, demonstrating how to build a multi-table database in MySQL that employs the various necessary components, e.g. user login, querying and formatting the output. The computer operations covered are simple enough to just read on the train (i.e., I didn't need to be seated at my computer running the exercises to understand them) and provide a good primer for the kinds of that I could do... that YOU could do too.

Having praised the book for what it is, I want to make clear what it is not. The index is almost useless and the functions of both MySQL and PHP are covered in only the most superficial way, so this For DUMMIES book is a poor reference for projects beyond the advanced beginner; it does not necessarily replace more comprehensive texts. For my own rudimentary dabblings in web databases, I now rely more upon the PHP and MySQL code I have already written based on what this book taught me than the book itself. But, MySQL and PHP for DUMMIES provided the framework for me to take the first baby steps towards a really flexible web-based database.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Cole Marshall on June 20, 2006
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Prior to reading this book, I had no experience with an algorithmic programming language. All I knew was HTML. After sitting down with this book for a day or two, I was already programming in PHP. This book covers EVERYTHING you need to know to get started, and after programming in PHP for three years now, I still look back to this book as a very helpful reference.

I am disappointed to see dismal reviews of this book when it has been so helpful to me. Most of such reviews are written by people who are simply using the book to the wrong ends. Before buying this book, you'll want to make note of a few things:

-This book is perfect for people who only know HTML and want to expand their endeavors on the web. If you know another algorithmic programming language, chances are the bulk of this book will be filled with too much information you already know. For everyone else, the explanations are in depth enough to actually understand what the different aspects of PHP do.
-This book does not provide step-by-step tutorials. It gives you the information you need to create YOUR OWN programs. It provides examples of how a PHP program might be set up, but if you're attempting to make use of the examples line by line, you will be disappointed with the end result (and you will be cheating yourself, because you're just copying someone else's code, not learning the language).
-As I said, I use this book as a basic reference, one that is far easier to understand than the complex explanations in the PHP manual found on the Internet. A good half of this book acts as a layman's reference guide that's organized to help you learn PHP and MySQL.
-This book just jumpstarts you for using PHP and MySQL, and yes, eventually you will outgrow it, but that's not a shortcoming of the book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sam Hill on April 29, 2005
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This book was perfect for me. I thought the organization was great. I started at the beginning and worked through to the end. The information was there when I needed it. I didn't need to search around for anything and didn't feel that any information was missing. Everything worked just as the book said it would. I downloaded the programs, so I didn't even have to deal with my own typos.

This book is an introduction to PHP and MySQL for people who don't know anything about programming or databases. It's great for beginners. It might be a little too simple for people who already know how to program and use databases. The writing is easy to understand with lots of examples. In addition, there are two running examples that are used throughout the book, an online catalog and a user login. The last two chapters put everything together for the two examples.

I am talking about the second edition of this book. I didn't find ANY mistakes in this book, maybe because it's the second edition. Maybe the first edition had some mistakes. Amazon doesn't even sell the first edition any more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ji M. Son on August 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book from my school library, but it was not easy to borrow this book from there because it was checked out everytime I was trying to look through the library catalog, despite there were about 2 ~ 4 books showed up as "checked out". And I have to say that, when I finally found this book from the shelf and checked it out, the included CD was checked out by someone else.

Let me start with the format of this book. I am pretty sure that quite a lot of people here mentioned this fact in their reviews, but I have to say that this book has one of most interesting types of format I have read from the computer learning books. The author, who appears to have a plenty of experiences and background in the Web design and the programming, is able to express the material clearly without any kind of bragging or lossing herself in the middle of explanation. Her main application theme is "a pet store," which she was demonstrating extensively at the Chapters 11 and 12 as an actual application that is usable.

Before jumping into the "pet store application," it is necessary to mention her other teaching approaches in the previous chapters. At the first few chapters, she definitely put the emphasis on planning out and organizing the structure of your database and website before jumping into typing. In fact, she continues this trend further in the later chapters by suggesting to go back to the Chapter 3, a chapter which is entirely dedicated to the creating the database structure with a pen and a paper, and coming back again on Chapter 10, which I felt as a sort of short review for what a reader read so far.
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