PHP and MySQL Web Development, Second Edition
||Author: Luke Welling, Laura Thomson|
List Price: $49.99
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Publisher: SAMS (12 February, 2003)
Sales Rank: 1,250
Average Customer Rating: 3.89 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
For the beginning web developer
The book starts off in a hurried description of the PHP syntax and automatically dives the reader into a project. The first project, obviously is creating your first PHP program.
The source code in the book is functional, with no errors (at least from what I've encountered). The few issues I have thus far are in the later chapters of the book. For the experienced developer, some of the material in the text is verbose and verbatim, it repeats things that are common to developers (security and whatnot), but it's perfect for the beginner. The book goes onto cover basic authentication in Chapter 14, and then details it in a much later chapter. The things I love about the book is that it covers PHP sessions, working with the file system directly (Windows AND UNIX), FTP uploads, and it even shows you how to make your own WebMail page using PHP.
MySQL is aptly covered, the book does not go into detail with SQL, it covers the basic commands such as create database, use database, create table, insert commands, and some basic authentication stuff. It even has a small Apache tutorial in the Appendix.
It's a good book for the beginner, I bought it because I like the format of the book and the examples.
Rating: 3 out of 5
So much going for it. . .BUT
Oh, this book seems to have so much going for it. At first, I was going to say that this was one of the most comprehensible computer books I've read in a long time (why, oh why can't computer people write in a manner that is clearly understood to their readers?) - the authors seem to have the rare knack of explaining things clearly. Then, however, I discovered that there are errors in the book and the examples in the book DO NOT match those on the CD. The book also isn't clear on what needs to be entered, precisely, in order for the examples to match those on the CD. I finally ended up comparing the two in order to make sense of things - this wasted a LOT of my time. Fortunately, my background is such that, so far, I've been able to figure things out.
When the problems started, I looked for an errata sheet - both on the publisher's site (Sam's Publishing) and on the site provided in the book (http://www.lukelaura.com). Nothing on Sam's, at all, and the other site is nothing more than an advertisement for the book. Ugh!
This book had so much promise - had a better job been done with editing, it could have easily earned FIVE STARS.
At this point, I'm still able to figure things out and, compared to all of the other books I've tried, so far, on PHP and MySQL, this one still makes some sense. Oh well...
Rating: 5 out of 5
This has got to be one of the best computer programming books out there, period.
It is chock full of very practical, straightforward information, techniques, and examples you can use today. And it's pretty easy to read, with simple and concise explanations of code examples.
There are some examples the just don't work as written, too (at least on my Windows/IIS machine). HOWEVER, I found these 'bad' examples relatively easy to fix - I know the MySQL and PHP sites pretty well now ;-)...and I learned even more than just the content within the book. Far more!
Anyone with an intermediate knowledge of computers/programming and wanting to learn PHP/MySQL *quickly* will definitely find this book a real keeper.
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