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Practical PHP and MySQL: Building Eight Dynamic Web Applications

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From the Back Cover

"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.'"
-From the Foreword by Christopher Negus, Series Editor, Negus Live Linux Series

Build Dynamic Web Sites Fast, with PHP and MySQL...

Learn from Eight Ready-to-Run Applications!


Suddenly, it'seasyto build commercial-quality Web applications using free and open source software. With this book, you'll learn from eight ready-to-run, real-world applications—all backed by clear diagrams and screenshots, well-documented code, and simple, practical explanations.


Leading open source author Jono Bacon teaches the core skills you'll need to build virtually any application. You'll discover how to connect with databases, upload content, perform cascading deletes, edit records, validate registrations, specify user security, create reusable components, use PEAR extensions, and even build Ajax applications.


Working from complete examples on the CD-ROM, you'll create

  • Generic dynamic Web sites
  • Blogs
  • Discussion forums
  • Shopping carts
  • Auction sites
  • Calendars
  • FAQ systems
  • Reusable components
  • Content management systems
  • News sites


JONO BACONis Ubuntu community manager for Canonical, Ubuntu's sponsor. He is an established speaker, author, and contributor to the open source community. Bacon co-authoredLinux Desktop HacksandThe Official Ubuntu Book; has served as a columnist forLinux Format,Linux User & Developer, andPC Plus; and is an O'Reilly Networkweblog author. He is a lead developer onthe Jokosher ( project,and co-founder of LUGRadio—a podcastwith more than 15,000 listeners, andan annual event that attracts visitorsfrom around the world.


CD-ROM Includes

  • XAMPP for Linux: easy-to-install, preconfigured Apache distributions containing MySQL, PHP, Perl, and more
  • Source code for all eight fully-working applications discussed in the book
  • A remastered Ubuntu live CD, set to run all eight applications live


System Requirements

  • CPU: Pentium III, 650 MHz. RAM: 256MB (recommended 512MB).
  • Hard disk: No space required to run live CD; 250MB of space needed to put XAMPP server and projects on installed system.

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 ( project, and one of the co-founders of the popular LUGRadio ( podcast–a show with more than 15,000 listeners and an annual event that pulls visitors from around the world.


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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: 6.9 x 1.2 x 9 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: #2,461,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Two Dragons Flying on September 5, 2009
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I read and work through a lot of computer systems books and this is the most insensibly organized and written one I have ever dealt with. While Mr. Bacon's writing sounds friendly enough, the code examples are presented backwards and intermixed. Instead of starting at the top of a code file, he has you write the middle, and then the top, then jump around for a while before going back to the bottom. Code chunks are simply missing, or they generate errors.

As a competent person and a fast learner, I struggled with the book for a few days thinking it was just that I was tired from all of the overtime hours I have been working, but then I threw in the towel to look for errata figuring the problem was just publishing errors. Instead I found the Amazon page came up at the top of the search results with only two stars! Most other reviews reflect my experience, so I am going to more carefully choose a different book on PHP.

I've built a dedicated Virtual Machine and installed XAMPP myself to work through the code this book. Finally, in frustration, I booted the included CD, and the code on it seems to resemble what is in the book (I'm tired of looking at it so I did not make a thorough check). The presentation and explanations of the code as a learning tool is just too unnecessarily complicated, making learning difficult. I've learned more searching PHP forums to resolves errors from working the poorly formatted examples. I recently learned CSS with an O'Reilly Head FIrst book, for which I was very grateful because Bacon's explanation of CSS was also confusing. Fortunately I already know MySQL very well so I mostly skipped over his discussion of MySQL.

I bought my copy at a trade show so I can't return it but I would if I could.
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