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PHP & MySQL For Dummies, 4th Edition Paperback – December 9, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470527580 ISBN-10: 0470527587 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (December 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470527587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470527580
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Learn to use the tools that bring Web sites to life —it's easy and fun!

Static Web sites don't cut it anymore. To serve up HTML, CSS,and database-driven pages, you need to know your way around PHP and a MySQL backend database. This book shows you how to build two common applications: a product catalog and a member-only site requiring a username and password. You'll learn a basic design you can expand however you choose!

  • New to all this? — get acquainted with PHP and MySQL and find out how to install them on Windows®, Mac®, or Linux®

  • A perfect partnership — see how the language and database work together to produce dynamic Web pages with less hassle

  • MySQL moving and storage — store data in your database and display it on your Web pages

  • Up to code — learn to build PHP scripts and program pieces with code that meets the latest standards

  • The sum of the parts — organize all the parts of your application, ensure security, and complete your documentation

Visit the companion Web site at www.dummies.com/go/php&mysqlfd4e to find all the code examples used in the book

Open the book and find:

  • How to keep up with PHP and MySQL updates

  • What's different in the newest versions

  • Pros and cons of Web hosting companies

  • How to back up and restore data in your database

  • Error messages and what they mean

  • Why you must plan your database application

  • Advice on what offers value to your users

  • Ten "gotchas" that will mess up your code

About the Author

Janet Valade is a technical writer, Web designer/programmer, and systems analyst. She has designed and developed data archives, supervised computer resource operations, and conducted seminars and workshops. She has written all previous editions of PHP & MySQL For Dummies.

Customer Reviews

Truly simplified for anyone to follow with ease.
Billy
As the author states a basic knowledge of Html is assumed so if you have no Web Page scripting experience you should purchase a good Html/css book first.
david
Also, the author's use of HTML doesn't really jive with me (some minor coding problems) but it's not a huge deal either.
Photoguy

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Photoguy on June 11, 2011
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I got this book to learn the basics of MySQL and get a background in PHP beyond what I happened to pick up on my own. This book is good, a little funny (as all For Dummies books should be), an easy read, and full of good information. It doesn't really go into much detail on what PHP can do except for in terms of MySQL. (I guess, get a book dedicated to just PHP if you want to learn what the language can really do.)

The biggest problem I have with this book is the countless typos, particularly in the code (which is the worst place for typos). Pretty disappointing for a 4th edition. For example, on the very last page (438, the index), it lists, under 'Y', ysquli_num_fields($result) function, but it is actually "mysqli....." (with the m in front). It is sometimes inconsistant with variable functions (like $firstname vs $firstName) which can cause problems, it talks about the "xor" operator but refers to it once as "or" which causes confusion, most of the time the die() function is used, there is a space before the parenthesis (which I haven't tested myself to see if that is ok, but I would think a function needs the parenthesis right after the word with no space). Some other things that annoy me are more annoying than they are serious, like inconsistant spacing in code, or I saw once where the '$' mark before an in-text variable name that wasn't formatted with the same font as the variable name itself. Also, the author's use of HTML doesn't really jive with me (some minor coding problems) but it's not a huge deal either. Or, there are some places where quote marks in code are bottom-quote-marks (looks like double-commas) instead of normal quote marks as they should look. These are mainly annoyances and not serious problems if you know to keep your eyes open.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Ramos Jr on April 4, 2013
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This book is more of a reference for those who have already learned PHP & MYSQL. I had no idea what was going on and was hoping it was a little more instructional. Stay away if you're just a beginner. This book is NOT for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Gallagher on June 5, 2010
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This book is an excellent tutorial for someone who already knows how to program and wants to learn PHP and MySQL. It describes many of the callable functions available in the language, but it tells you to go to the PHO web site for a complete list of all the functions and features. The reason I bought a book is so that I can have the book open in front of me and not have to jump back and forth to the web site to look stuff up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Snow on September 5, 2013
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I bought this book while writing a web app. Although I had some previous experience, I didn't have much in PhP and the book did an excellent job of describing the basics. Similarly, with MySqL I had little experience and it really helped.
The book has you work through examples, and then has the programs written out later on so you can go look at what they did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Stewart on November 4, 2010
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There are a few errors and it's plain that the database was designed by a programmer. I got it to work at [...] . I've since moved on to Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites (Animal Guide). Peace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Braden on April 25, 2014
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It is easy reading, as are most "Dummies" books. It really works well. It allows you to follow along and try creating php files on your local computer for later upload to your website.
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It starts reasonably well but then does a pretty messy job when it starts explaining how to query databases. Some details in the sample codes are left unexplained and some others are explained further ahead in the book. At this point I gave up reading the remainder chapters and moved on to a better textbook. On the positive side, I can only say that I learnt some good introductory stuff from the first chapters.
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By Billy on September 15, 2011
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Truly simplified for anyone to follow with ease. Very comprehensive. Loaded enough to get you started and going with PHP and MySQL. Good to have and keep around for reference long after you've read it. I am so glad that I chose and bought this book. Thank You, Janet!!!
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