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PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual Paperback – December 6, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0596515867 ISBN-10: 0596515863 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Pogue Press; 1 edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596515863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596515867
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brett McLaughlin has become one of the most well-known authors and programmers in the Java and XML communities. He's worked for Nextel Communications, implementing complex enterprise systems, at Lutris Technologies, actually writing application servers, and most recently at O'Reilly Media, Inc., where he continues to write and edit books that matter. His most recent book, "Java 5.0 Tiger: A Developer's Notebook", was the first book available on the newest version of Java, and his classic Java and XML remains one of the definitive works on using XML technologies in Java.

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Brett D. McLaughlin is a bestselling and award-winning non-fiction author. His books on computer programming, home theater, and analysis and design have sold in excess of 100,000 copies. He has been writing, editing, and producing technical books for nearly a decade, and is as comfortable in front of a word processor as he is behind a guitar, chasing his two sons around the house, or marveling at Damages with his wife.

Miracle is Brett's first fiction novel, but his short stories and writing skills have been garnering lots of attention in 2007. He is a book reviewer for Infuze Magazine, and a regular guest lecturer in First Baptist Academy, Dallas's creative writing course. He's been asked to teach a concentrated course in Professional Writing for students intending to major in writing-related degrees. His short story 'Change of Heart' was published online at the Relief Writer's Network, and is set for inclusion in the second issue of Coach's Midnight Diner, a genre publication of Christian-influenced short stories.

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This book falls fall short of the high standard of the missing manual series.
David White
This book spends alot of time telling you the wrong way to do things and then never shows you the correct way.
Eric
While I did not attempt to work all the code examples, I found syntax errors with several examples.
J. W. Rine

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jay C. Besch on February 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book has two major downfalls - it constantly creates code that is then undone and replaced, this is a fine exercise for learning, but I'd like to know the destination code first and then work my way towards it. That is more of a learning style than anything, not a big deal.

The second is the deal breaker, following along is difficult because the code is full of bugs, and you can only make sense of some of them through the unconfirmed errata on the book's website. Nothing like trying to learn something, and not having it work, because the example code is absolutely flawed.

For instance, the book goes into great detail to explain the great benefits of error checking and error reporting, but when first displaying the user created PHP function call it provides code that doesn't name the function, and you can't get your error reporting mechanism to work. Oh, the irony of an error checking chapter that didn't check for its own errors. Another example is the last chapter that goes into sessions and authorizations, but the final code makes several session_start calls that create errors on several pages. Some of these are easily remedied problems, but not for someone that is unfamiliar with PHP that is trying to follow along.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By am1981 on December 29, 2011
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This book is a total piece of trash. Usually their manuals are well-written and have working code. This book is mainly errors, poor explanations, and non-working code sets. Even in the digital version the code doesn't work.

This book was clearly rushed out. A month after it's been released you can't even get the example code.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris C. on February 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
All I can say is I am glad I did not buy this book but borrowed it from a friend. This book is a rambling waste of paper, filled with totally irrelevant sidebars. If you are trying to learn PHP do yourself a favor and don't buy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on March 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Missing Manual books are usually well edited, filled with working examples, and they strike a perfect tone that is casual, but not obnoxious. PHP & MySQL doesn't quite meet these standards. This book is filled with sloppy typos and the downloadable examples don't work. For example, the CSS file references an image folder that doesn't exist.

Additionally, the author spends about 25 pages showing how to install PHP and MySQL. For most users, a simple installation of MAMP or WAMP will easily suffice.

To be fair, I'm still getting bits and pieces from the book, but it's a frustrating process.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on March 27, 2012
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The reviews for 'PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual' have been scathing and there is a legitimate reason why in that the book doesn't deserve "The Missing Manual" identifier on it. Full of spelling mistakes, poor examples, bad structure, and the wrong content, this book should have been edited further before it was released.

A rare negative entry in TMM line of titles!

* NOT RECOMMENDED
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By aaron4osu on January 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
I actually liked content and writing style of this book. The main problem is that the website only provides example code for the first two chapters. So the books examples are useless if you want to follow along without having to type out pages and pages of code.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kosma on January 5, 2012
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I bought this book because I enjoyed my previous missing manual series books: CSS, JavaScript & JQuery. I was pretty sure this book would be just as good. Boy, was I wrong. Every page turn felt like a perilous shuffle across a cracking, thin sheet of ice. Every poor explanation, amateur spelling mistake, buggy code and lack of complete source code on the online website was akin to a "crack in the ice sheet". Naively, I was willing to look past them as I slowly made my way through the book. Believing and hoping. I probably shouldn't have. I fell through the ice on page 150. Luckily, I was revived by an Eskimo whose igloo was very spacious and warm. With a puzzled look on his face he handed me a copy of "PHP and MySQL Web Development by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson" and I never looked back.

Please don't fall through the ice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By haitiman on April 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book content-wise is a jewel. The author clearly knows his stuff and presents it in a fashion that is easy to comprehend.

The downfall of this book is a lack of editing. A good second pair of eyes reading over this text would've really helped before it hit store shelves.

I simply don't understand how a book with this many errors make it to publication. Typos, grammar, and code syntax are scattered all across its pages. Don't believe me, check out the errata section for the first edition of this book.

I have read many books in the Missing Manual series, and yes, there are a few mistakes, but this one takes the prize for the most.

Fortunately, this book is now in its third edition. I wanted to write this review to warn others like me who stumbled upon the first edition.

Shame on O'Reilly for unleashing this one out on the public.
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