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Helpful, yet frustrating
on April 14, 2013
If you have no knowledge of structured query language (SQL) and limited experience working with servers, networking, etc, then this is not the book for you. I came at this book from mainly a Windows environment and Microsoft development tools experience and I'm struggling with it. The author does a decent job explaining, but the book and code examples are riddled with errors. The code errors are a curse and a blessing. It's incredibly frustrating when you follow the examples to a T and find they don't work. But on the flip side, it forced me to go look for answers elsewhere; going beyond a cursory knowledge of the software. However, at this point I still don't have a completely working Address Book example.
I didn't get far in the book before I realized the author probably operates mainly in Linux, as most of the setup information leans that way. It's helpful for me as I will eventually run my site from a Linux box, but keep that in mind.
For the other reviewers that complain about "newbies" not being able to follow this book, the author does give a disclaimer in the "Who Should Read This Book?" section. It's really not intended for complete newbies. If you have no experience with web technologies or any form of SQL, don't read this book. Go read other books and familiarize yourself with database technologies, networking, and server/client concepts first.