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The combination of PHP and MySQL is the most convenient approach to dynamic, database-driven web design, holding its own in the face of challenges from integrated frameworks—such as Ruby on Rails—that are harder to learn. Due to its open source roots, it is free to implement and is therefore an extremely popular option for web development.
This book is for people who wish to learn how to create effective and dynamic websites. This may include webmasters or graphic designers who are already creating static websites but wish to take their skills to the next level, as well as high school and college students, recent graduates, and self-taught individuals.
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Robin Nixon has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s (his first computer was a Tandy TRS 80 Model 1 with a massive 4KB of RAM!). One of the web sites he developed presented the world's first radio station licensed by the music copyright holders. In order to enable people to continue to surf while listening, Robin also developed the first known pop-up windows. He has also worked full time for one of Britain's main IT magazine publishers, where he held several roles including editorial, promotions, and cover disc editing.
- Publisher : O'Reilly Media; 5th edition (June 19, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 832 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1491978910
- ISBN-13 : 978-1491978917
- Item Weight : 3.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #49,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Note first of all that every learning environment has its positives and negatives. Many will read this book and think it's the greatest of all time. Others will not. As well, books like this become obsolete virtually upon publication. That does not render all of its contents useless or out of date. The edition I read was revised in May 2018, so it was as up to date as can be expected.
The book touches virtually everything you need to begin creating web pages. Front-end (client-side) programming and back-end (server side) programming are covered in enough detail and with enough examples for you to be able at least to copy the examples, understand them, and reproduce them on your own machine.
After doing PHP at teamtreehouse.com, I knew the basics of the language but was more confused than ever on how to apply this knowledge to building an actual program. This book helped me to get the wheels turning and build a web app that handles and manipulates databases, handles login credentials, and displays data to a webpage. It helped me solidify what I had learned. The fundaments were repetitive, yes. But the examples and explanations went far beyond what I had previously learned.
READ THIS CAREFULLY: You will not master any web language after reading this book. You will not get a web dev job simply because you read this book. You will not be able to design a web ready application after reading this book.
All in all , this book is not for everyone, but if you use it well, it can be a great resource.
One thing that's hard to do as a reviewer is critique a book based on what it doesn't have when you yourself don't know what you don't know... you know?
It ties together a lot of basic programming concepts that I had seen in passing but not really understood.
This book, although invaluable to me, will probably be beneath a person who already knows how to program. If that is the case, jump directly to a book that focuses solely on the language you want to learn. If you're like me, dig in and watch all those concepts come together. It's very exciting!
It's like the first time I learned HTML...