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Practical PHP and MySQL: Building Eight Dynamic Web Applications Paperback – November 24, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0132239974 ISBN-10: 0132239973

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (November 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132239973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132239974
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,176,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jono Bacon works for Canonical as the Ubuntu community manager and is an established speaker, author, and regular contributor to the Open Source community. As an author, Bacon co-authored Linux Desktop Hacks and the Official Ubuntu Book, and has written more than 400 published articles in more than 14 publications. Bacon has also contributed as a columnist for Linux Format, Linux User & Developer, and PC Plus, and is an O’Reilly Network weblog author.

 

In addition, Bacon is a regular contributor to Open Source in a range of projects, a lead developer on the Jokosher (www.jokosher.org) project, and one of the co-founders of the popular LUGRadio (www.lugradio.org) podcast–a show with more than 15,000 listeners and an annual event that pulls visitors from around the world.

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Foreword

Foreword

Listen to podcasts by Jono Bacon and friends at LUG Radio (http://www.lugradio.org) and you get a sense of both the spirit and thoughtfulness Jono brings to the open source community. At one moment they speak seriously about hurdles in contributing code to free software projects, while the next they offer a Monty Python-like discussion on which Linux distribution each of them most resembles.

Practical PHP and MySQL reflects Jono's commitment to the spirit of making open source subjects accessible to everyone. The book carefully walks you through the code for eight useful, dynamic Web applications. Projects are presented in a playful way, like the forum project that touts horror movies that make you "hide behind the couch." And everything in the book can be run live, modified, saved, and reused from the included live CD.

Although the tools you need to create Web content are readily available from the open source community, having a skillful guide like Jono Bacon to help you create dynamic Web applications from those tools is a real treat. The results form a foundation for developing your own blogs, forums, shopping carts, and other Web destinations that should significantly cut your startup time.

I am thrilled to have Jono Bacon's Practical PHP and MySQL as one of the first books in the Negus Live Linux Series. Its content perfectly suits the goals of the series to put quality free and open source software covering various topics into peoples' hands so they can quickly get high-quality results. I hope you enjoy learning from this book as much as I have.

—Christopher Negus
Series Editor, Negus Live Linux Series


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I like Mr. Bacon's attitude and style, but the silence from both the Author and the Publisher is deafening!
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The code on the CD is apparently a more debugged version of the code shown in the text of the book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric C. Helmer on September 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
Do not be swayed by the surface effects of this book. It appears to be the perfect combination of practice and learning. You think you'll learn php or advance your knowledge of it while producing some core Web apps such as a Blog or shopping cart. This is, in fact, the promise made by the book itself on the rear cover.

If you buy this book what you will in fact learn is that the "well-documented code" will fail on nearly all, if not all, of the 8 promised "ready to run, real world applications." At first you'll think you are responsible for syntax errors so you will begin a journey to discover how to find the source code for the examples. To find it you'll either have to boot from the included CD or explore the disk. The files are hard to find but they're there.

Unfortunately the frustration that lead you to the source files will only increase as you realize that source files are also riddled with errors. Not only will your efforts to reproduce the code fail, but your turn to the source files will prove equally disappointing. None of the advertised apps will run.

How is it possible for such a book to have made it off the press?

The only thing that could have saved this book is if the author or publisher had created a Web site to correct these mistakes and made available working files. Ordinarily such a site is practically required for a technical book due to the near certainty of proofing errors creeping into the text. You will find a publisher's Web site for the book. It contains nothing but praise for the work and continues to promote the book much as you can read on the book's rear cover. Shame. There are no corrections and no (old) or amended source code. You will also find an author's Web site. The author communicates with readers by way of a blog.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jean Pickering on April 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I admit I am a novice php coder, however, I have done a bit of developing web sites using PHP and MySQL. I am in the middle of developing a complex content driven website. I bought this book because I thought it would take me to the next level. Well, after trying to work through it for several weeks, I am giving up on it. The code Jono has you write, does not match the screen shots of the page as shown through a browser. His writing is not clear and you have to go out and figure out on your own how to make the code work and match what he has shown. He makes you do it in HIS environment which is not very helpful if you want to develop in a different environment. I wrote to him and asked him where I could get the source code and he did not respond. So the only way to get a glimpse at his code is to use his environment which is supplied on the boot-up CD.

I am giving up on this book. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Definitely not for beginner.

This book is not easy to understand. The author assume the reader knows some basic functions of php. Some new functions suddenly pop up in the code without any explanation.

I've spend a good amount of time try to figure out what is wrong with the code I type, it always produce an error that even though I really carefully copy what is in the book. I thought it is just me, finally I check the Amazon review and find that I am not alone.

The companion CD is not helpful. I can't figure out a way to open any PHP example file to compare and reference my mistake.

Quit after 1 week and can only take in 86 pages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Elash on May 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
this book is jam packed with errors. Not just spelling typos, but on many occasions the reader will be left scratching their head trying to figure out why the code in the book does not reflect what should be in the output. I don't know who edited this book, but this book is definitely a candidate for worst editing award.

This is a good book with potential, but beginners should avoid this book at all costs.

Wait for the 2nd edition while the author and editor fix all the 'bugs' in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Botos on November 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Hello, if anyone has this book and has the ability to get into the CD, I would greatly appreciate it if someone can forward me the example files. My email is advancedgraphics at hotmail dot com.

I booted from the CD, ran through all these loading thigs, then when it's ready to run, tells me some error and from there I'm lost into script hell...

The book is understandable, seen some errors, I wouldn't recomend buying this book if you are a beginner like me looking to learn php.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike King on May 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the worst self study book I have ever read. I really enjoy tackling new projects and reading the covers of the book I had thought that this book would serve me well. It is a disaster. Most of the code is faulty and what makes it worse there is no code included on the CD.

It claims to include code but there is nothing on the CD except for some goofy Linux OS that attempts to run from the CD and that does not work either. When I went to the website for Prentice Hall Books to see if by some chance you could download the source files, of course there was nothing there. Even the simple stuff like the CSS files to style the apps like the book diagrams are not included on the CD.

Stay away from this book it is a nightmare and a complete waste of time. I wish there was a way that I could get my money back, I hate wasting money on useless items and this was completely useless.

This author should be ashamed of himself.
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