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Beginning PHP4 Databases Paperback – October 1, 2002
From the Publisher
A large majority of PHP projects rely on a database back-end. As more and more applications integrate large databases with web interfaces, we seek to provide the novice database programmer with a solid foundation in the art and science of developing advanced data- driven web applications with PHP.
From the Back Cover
A large majority of PHP projects rely on a database back-end. As more and more aplications integrate large databases with web interfaces, we seek to provide the novice database programmer with a solid foundation in the art and science of developing advanced data-driven web applications with PHP.
Who is this book for?
This book is a tutorial, a resource, and a reference for PHP programmers who now want to use databases in their applications. No knowledge of database management systems is assumed. After reading the book, developers will be fluent in database systems and how to take advantage of them in PHP applications. They will have gained extensive exposure (more than most current professional PHP coders) tp post-relational and Native XML databases. and be able to decide when to use which type of database system.
What does this book cover?
PHP refresher with emphasis on Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals of database Systems Fundamentals of Relational Database Systems In-depth coverage of the Structured Query Language Discussion on PHP and Relational Databases A complete dissection of PEAR::DB The working of Native XML databases Creating an Accounts Retreivable application using PEAR::DB Creating a Library Automation application using an Object Relational Database Creating a recipe exchange application using Xindice
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One pleasant surprise was that no one particular database is favored; in fact use of the database abstraction layer in PEAR is encouraged for code portability. I am encouraged by the use of PEAR in this book, as it can only help to bring the community together in its use and promote PEAR as a standard of sorts. The PEAR database abstraction layer is picked apart so that you may understand exactly how it works and be that much more efficient with using it.
At the end of this book, it offers two chapters dedicated to designing and implementing applications using a native XML database. The first of the two chapters concentrates on the fundamentals of native XML databases; what they are and how they work. The second chapter then presents a case study using Xindice.
I found this book to be very thorough and well put together. Cheers to Wrox for another fine book!
Infact, this book manages to provide solutions to the large number of problems that newbie PHP programmers post on sites like phpbeginners.com,php.net and phpbuilder.
The approach to presenting a database agnostic solution, through the use of the most recommended PEAR::DB abstraction layer (i even found documentation about PEAR::DB, that i had spent ages figuring out for myself) sets this book in a class of its own.
The typos and grammar stand out at places, but who cares when you have gotten what you wanted.
I highly recommend this book to the BEGINNING/NEWBIE PHP Programmer.