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PHP & MySQL: Novice to Ninja Fifth Edition Edition

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About the Author

Kevin Yank is a world-renowned leader in web development. When not writing best sellers, Kevin is the Technical Director of sitepoint.com and editor of the popular SitePoint Tech Times newsletter.



Kevin's Author credits include: Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL (SitePoint) and Simply JavaScript (SitePoint).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 481 pages
  • Publisher: SitePoint; Fifth Edition edition (May 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987153080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987153081
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Beloved VINE VOICE on June 20, 2012
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I got this book and was excited thinking that it was the ideal book for beginners, this was all based on how the book is advertised.

Needless to say it is not for beginners. For beginners the book to purchase is Andy Harris' PHP 5/MySQL Programming for the Absolute Beginner. So what about this Ninja book. I feel it is for intermediate users who are already familiar with PHP code and the way web servers operate.

It moves too fast for a beginner, while Harris' book is the slow train where you can do the ABC of this Apache/PHP/MySQL complexity.

This is a great book, no doubt about it. The information and process discussed is matchless in a way.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By renaissance geek on July 5, 2012
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First to answer the obvious question; will this book turn you into a PHP and MySQL ninja? Well, no. That's not in any way to say that it's a bad book just that it's being oversold by the title. What it will do is give you a solid grounding in both PHP and MySQL in a readable and easy to digest manner. Perhaps a more accurate title would be something like "PHP and MySQL: Yutz to User" though that doesn't have quite the same ring to it!

Anyway, with that gripe out of the way onto the book. The contents are pretty much as you would expect; a guide to installation, an introduction to using the technologies and then a project based approach to using the PHP and MySQL in anger. Coverage of MySQL is, I think, somewhat more comprehensive than that of PHP but given that it is a much more compact and focused piece of software that is only to be expected. You do get good coverage of some of the more useful and important parts of PHP such as regular expressions and session management along with the basics and also a rather nice chapter on structured programming. I particularly appreciated the fact that object oriented programmed wasn't put forward as the one true way for building structured software, as it so often is, and that procedural programming with a library of functions got a look in. It's personal bias I know but for object oriented programming I prefer to use a language designed in an OO manner from the ground up. On the MySQL side you get pretty much everything you might need from a primer in relational database design up to some fairly advanced areas such as database replication and backed up with appendices of MySQL syntax and functions. There's no similar appendix of PHP syntax and functions, but as PHP runs to thousands of functions it's no great surprise.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gary K. Evans on August 19, 2012
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I obtained a copy of PHP & MySQL, 5th edition, because I have taken over support for a Wordpress/MySQL website with phpAdmin installed. I am a desktop developer, so I hoped this book would give be a jump-start to understand my server environment. I was not disappointed.

Kevin Yanks communicates his content clearly, without any fluff. I have been programming for many decades, but I could barely spell PHP. Kevin's explanation using example after example made picking up the basic syntax a breeze. There were a couple of ideas that I had to re-read to get the real gist, but I congratulate Kevin on his commitment to simplicity. As a writer and instructor myself, I give him big kudos for adding complexity in small, incremental steps.

One of his most complex topics is Regular Expressions. This is an area that becomes quite obtuse very quickly. I am a passable novice at RegExes, and I admit I had to read some pages a couple of times, but I learned a lot! Great job, Kevin.

PHP & MySQL spends a lot of time on MySQL, as it should. Relational databases are pervasive, but they are also rife with areas of difficulties: not the least of which is the SQL language itself. Kevin does an excellent job of explaining MySQL installation, Administration, and common Functions and Queries.

Some reviewers have said this is not a book for total beginners. This may be true: a total beginner may not understand what a for-loop is, or when to use it. But the book's preface clearly states: "This book is aimed at intermediate and advanced web designers..." For anyone with a knowledge of one or two programming languages, and some HTML, this book should not be a major challenge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kofi Nyarko on June 6, 2012
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I love the manner and tone in which the author presents new material and concepts. The book has logical progression and brings the reader along as it goes. I enjoyed reading the book and I recommend it as a must read for any newcomer to PHP and to dynamic web development in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kofi Nyarko on June 6, 2012
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I love the manner and tone in which the author presents new material and concepts. The book has logical progression and brings the reader along as it goes. I enjoyed reading the book and I recommend it as a must read for any newcomer to PHP and to dynamic web development in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Powers on June 23, 2013
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This is an excellent book. But, unless you have a solid background in PHP and SQL, you are going to need to learn both to really benefit from this book. The author pulls it all together once you have that background, but without it you are going to be lost almost immediately.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Viktor on April 13, 2013
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I got this book for free from a friend and yes, it is very very good. I knew NOTHING of PHP and MYSQL, I mean zero, and now I can build my own databases, and most importantly, build scripts to make a webpage interact with that database. Out of the entire book, only Chapter 7 was incredibly challenging. The first 6 were real easy to understand. I knew a bit of Java which helped me, but I think a beginner can learn well with this book. Loops and objects are very clearly explained, so I am a bit surprised some people claim that beginner's will have a tough time. You even get a little hands-on on the stuff.
I like the way the author explains stuff, it sounds like he is right next to you, most computer books are not like that. I also liked that the book starts off with MYSQL and then goes to PHP. Right now I feel very confident using phpmyadmin and making my own tables.
I spent a few months on Chapter 7 which is very tricky but after constant re-reading and then some more, I got it pretty good now. I think most people will probably have the same experience of 6 easy chapters and then the challenging CMS. You do need to know basic HTML to understand this book, but you don't need to know any PHP, MySQL, or Apache. You will learn those three along the ride. Highly recommended.
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