- Series: Visual QuickPro Guide
- Paperback: 696 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 4 edition (September 23, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321784073
- ISBN-13: 978-0321784070
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 211 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thanks for your interest in this book. Just to be clear, as of October 2011, this book, the fourth edition, is the most current version of my popular "PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide" book. This edition is more current than "PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites" (to make a long story short, PHP6 was in beta when I wrote that edition, and then PHP6 failed to happen, with most of its changes ending up in PHP5.3 and 5.4).
About the Author
Larry Ullman is a writer, Web and software developer, trainer, instructor, speaker, and consultant. He has written 22 books and numerous articles. His books have sold over 300,000 copies world wide in more than 20 languages. As his readers, students, and co-workers can attest, Larry's strength is in translating geek into English: converting the technical and arcane into something comprehensible and useful.
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At the same time, the code examples are well-annotated. Ullman explains what each line of HTML, PHP, or MYSQL is supposed to accomplish.
Overall, I would only recommend this text for the annotations. This purchase requires a theory-focused companion. Maybe the The Definitive Guide series?
I found the best way to engage with the material was to download and print the code, and then make notes on those printouts based on the explanations given in the main text.
It's worth noting that reading this book alone is not enough. A keen learner should be willing to refer to the PHP manual (excellent resource), the MySQL manual (not so excellent) and stackoverflow (excellent) while reading through this book for additional insight and clarity.
After a year of reading rereading and studying and applying the code, i have mastered everything in this book and still use it as a reference now and then to look up mysql joins. I have developed my own ecommerce site with a CMS, raw ajax and that is very scalable all thanks to Larry. I also love his "effortless ecommerce" book but that is a subject for another review. Get this book people.
What made his book so appealing to me is that the author walks the reader through his working source code, line by line, and explains what's going on behind the scenes. He also uses repetition (but not to the point of redundancy) to help the reader retain information. The examples are clear and relevant to modern web demands. Larry provides all source code on his web site, and it works!
The code is heavily commented and can easily be adapted to current web needs as it covers relevant topics to today's web site builder's needs. The source code does not merely cover a given concept. It also provides a general style of programming specifically applicable to dynamic web site creation which will quietly help even seasoned programmers be more effective. Much more than simple code snippets, these pieces of code are full, working examples which can easily be used to develop a new web site from the ground up but are also modular so they can be dropped into an existing site.
Larry provides detailed information about the functions included in his book, and his detailed but easy-to-understand writing style is a huge value add over the technical documentation found elsewhere. He also provides plenty of references on how to access the source technical documentation so the reader can get all the nitty gritty details if he so desires.
His book is heavily cross-referenced and provides many tips and comments as a supplement to the main text.
Moreover, the book moves along a consistent, measured pace from the first chapter to the bonus appendix - yes, make sure you read the bonus appendix as it is chalked full of useful information.
The only area of improvement I can think of (and this is a very minor point) is that having a bit more sample/test data for the database for each of the examples would have been useful for more detailed testing (and hence understanding) of the examples, especially for the ecommerce example.
This was the first book I have read by Larry Ullman, and I would like to say I recognized the long hours and hard work that went into this book and really appreciate his efforts. He has made my life all that much less complicated as I can now move forward confidently to begin the process of quickly developing a complex ecommerce site. Well done.