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Michael Morrison is a writer, developer, toy inventor, and author of a variety of software technology books and interactive web-based courses. In addition to his primary profession as a writer and freelance software developer, Michael is the founder and creative lead of Stalefish Labs, an interactive entertainment company. Stalefish Labs has produced the board game Inc. The Game of Business, the social/trivia card game Tall Tales: The Game of Legends and Creative One-Upmanship, and numerous mobile apps. Most recently, the mobile app Muster (http://www.muster.io) makes it considerably easier to plan social gatherings.
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If you're ready to create web pages more complex than those you can build with HTML and CSS, Head First PHP & MySQL is the ultimate learning guide to building dynamic, database-driven websites using PHP and MySQL. Packed with real-world examples, this book teaches you all the essentials of server-side programming, from the fundamentals of PHP and MySQL coding to advanced topics such as form validation, session IDs, cookies, database queries and joins, file I/O operations, content management, and more.
Head First PHP & MySQL offers the same visually rich format that's turned every title in the Head First series into a bestseller, with plenty of exercises, quizzes, puzzles, and other interactive features to help you retain what you've learned.
- Use PHP to transform static HTML pages into dynamic web sites
- Create and populate your own MySQL database tables, and work with data stored in files
- Perform sophisticated MySQL queries with joins, and refine your results with LIMIT and ORDER BY
- Protect your data from SQL injection attacks
- Use regular expressions to validate information on forms
- Dynamically display text based on session info and create images on the fly
- Pull syndicated data from other sites using PHP and XML
In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, you can learn how to use HTML and CSS to design, create, and maintain world-class web sites. Using a clear, down-to-earth approach, each lesson builds upon the previous one, allowing even complete beginners to learn the essentials from the ground up.
Full-color figures and clear step-by-step instructions help you learn quickly.
Practical, hands-on examples show you how to apply what you learn.
Quizzes and Exercises help you test your knowledge and stretch your skills.
Learn how to…
Build your own web page and get it online in an instant
Format text for maximum clarity and readability
Create links to other pages and to other sites
Add graphics, color, and visual pizazz to your web pages
Work with transparent images and background graphics
Design your site’s layout and typography using CSS
Get user input with web-based forms
Publicize your site and make it search-engine friendly
Test a web site for compatibility with different browsers
Make your site easy to maintain and update as it grows
Free Access to Online Learning Lab
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Video walkthroughs to show you how to complete the step-by-step examples in the book
Fast and fun online quizzes to test your understanding of each lesson
Updates or corrections as they become available