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PHP and PostgreSQL Advanced Web Programming Paperback – June 14, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0672323829 ISBN-10: 0672323826 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (June 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672323826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672323829
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,146,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sams' PHP and MySQL Web Development, by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson, showed that there is a strong demand for books that describe how to use PHP together with a specific open-source database to develop Web applications.

While MySQL is very popular, PostgreSQL is widely considered to be the more powerful of the two open-source databases. And PostgreSQL is rapidly gaining market share large organizations are beginning to use PostgreSQL instead of Oracle; the demand for PostgreSQL training and support has increased by some accounts 50% in the last six months; and Web hosting services increasingly offer PostgreSQL along with MySQL.

PHP and PostgreSQL Advanced Web Programming focuses on the specific needs of a PostgreSQL developer and will detail how to make use of PostgreSQL's unique, advanced features to develop high-availability, fail-safe Web applications with PHP and PostgreSQL.

About the Author

Ewald Geschwinde was born on June 21, 1976 in Vienna, Austria. After primary school, he attended the high school for economics in Oberpullendorf. During this time he dealt with computers and extended the work in his favorite field while studying at the Technical University in Vienna. A few months later he started working at the computer center of CA (an Austrian bank), where he was responsible for writing data converters and network solutions for backup systems. In February 1999 he joined Synthesis, where he focused on scientifically monitoring the development of unemployment in Austria and generating reports using C, EFEU, LaTeX, and Perl. In his spare time he developed a database solution for business consultants. After focusing on Oracle databases, he left Synthesis to found Cybertec Geschwinde & Schönig OEG¿a company providing commercial support, training courses, tuning, and remote administration for PostgreSQL (www.postgresql.at) as well as LDAP (www.openldap.info).

On August 9, 1978 Hans-Jürgen Schönig was born in Knittelfeld, a small town 125 miles southwest of Vienna. After primary school he attended a private school in Seckau. After the high school final exam, he started studying "Economics of Information" at the Technical University and the University of Vienna where he met Ewald Geschwinde. Just for fun, Hans started working on various projects and was finally employed at Synthesis (an Austrian research company focusing on forecasting the Austrian labor market), in September 1998. There he was responsible for the scientific analysis of data provided by the Austrian social security insurance (dozens of millions of records). During his time at Synthesis, he worked with Unix systems and automated text production, using EFEU, LaTeX, and Perl. In addition, he taught Unix classes in an adult education program once a week.

In the summer of 2000 Hans and Ewald left Synthesis to found Cybertec Geschwinde & Schönig OEG (www.cybertec.at), focused entirely on PostgreSQL, LDAP, and Unix databases.


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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "kryten_2x4b_523p" on August 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
The first thing that you will notice about this book is that it is littered with coding, grammatical and spelling errors. So much so that after a while you will begin to lose all respect for the writers. Not a good start.
Next, you will realise that the content in this book is quite random. It is apparently "outside of the scope of the book" to discuss very useful string maniplution functions such as "strtr" and "strstr" (& others). Similarly the writer assumes that the code:
if ($a)
is logically equivalent to:
if (isset($a))
which is just plain wrong (Page 54 & others). This could mislead readers into writing buggy PHP.
Furthermore, the language used is so childish that one must wonder how it was ever published. Often-used superlatives such as "countless," "endless," etc. are very frustrating to read and not even technically accurate in most cases. It is difficult to find concrete examples, but I can guarantee that you will begin to skim-read most of the content in this book to avoid the writers' inaccurate, childish words.
Readers new to databases and coding will find this book a confusing read. Quite complex ideas such as 'function overloading' are somewhat assumed knowledge. On the contrary, very simple concepts such as if/else statements are discussed in inordinate amounts of detail.
Readers experienced with other databases and programming languages will find this book frustrating. The concepts that are covered in detail are generally very simple ones. The more complex ideas discussed in this book are rarely explored in any useful amount of detail.
I still, however, gave this book 2 stars. Some of the content is covered well and I did learn a few useful tricks here & there. It is also quite useful as a reference tool (the index isn't bad) - but beware of the coding errors!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Bottoms on September 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
While the book was obviously written by people whose first language is not English, and everything is not in it, it is excellent for extending the use of PostgreSQL and PHP. It may not be as approachable as the the Williams and Lane, Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL,O'Reilly, 2002, it is comparable for those who want to use PostgreSQL instead of MySQL. The beginning stuff including string manipulation belongs in other books. For what the book promises, in my opinion it delivers. It is not a beginning PostgreSQL or PHP text, nor should it be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Bottoms on September 14, 2002
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While the book was obviously written by people whose first language is not English, and everything is not in it, it is excellent for extending the use of PostgreSQL and PHP. It may not be as approachable as the the Williams and Lane, Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL,O'Reilly, 2002, it is comparable for those who want to use PostgreSQL instead of MySQL. The beginning stuff including string manipulation belongs in other books. For what the book promises, in my opinion it delivers. It is not a beginning PostgreSQL or PHP text, nor should it be.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "adamzappal" on June 19, 2002
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I'm still in the process of reading this book and I have to say that I enjoy it very much. I have learned alot already. And what is really great is it focuses on PHP and PostgreSQL as a perfect team. The book does not divert my attention to MySQL which many other books do to much. I feel the book was well thought out and progresses me smoothly forward. Thank god for this book. I don't know what I would do without it.
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By toxicroadkill on September 30, 2010
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VERY outdated, the title is hype, it's not really much about advanced anything, just beginner information.

I am glad I did not pay very much for this, it certainly is **NOT** worth the $40+ some sellers charge.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tezz on May 2, 2004
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Dispite some minor discrepencies pointed out by another reviewer, the information in this book is very useful. If you want to build complex database web applications with PHP, then Postgres is the right RDBMS to use and this book is the right book to guide you. Well worth the money.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 2003
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I knew nothing about PHP or SQL before getting this book and I have had little programming experience. I found it pretty well suited to my needs. O'Reilly's Programming PHP on the other hand was too advanced and not written as a beginners text. I did find the O'Reilly book useful however as the PHP and PostgreSQL.... has a lot of coding errors that are very confusing. Hopefully these will be dealt with in the second edition. While I have some problems with the book I think there isn't a good alternative for someone at my level.
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