Learning PHP 5
A Pain-Free Introduction to Building Interactive Web Sites
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2004
Pages: 370

PHP has gained a following among non-technical web designers who need to add interactive aspects to their sites. Offering a gentle learning curve, PHP is an accessible yet powerful language for creating dynamic web pages. As its popularity has grown, PHP's basic feature set has become increasingly more sophisticated. Now PHP 5 boasts advanced features--such as new object-oriented capabilities and support for XML and Web Services--that will please even the most experienced web professionals while still remaining user-friendly enough for those with a lower tolerance for technical jargon.If you've wanted to try your hand at PHP but haven't known where to start, then Learning PHP 5 is the book you need. If you've wanted to try your hand at PHP but haven't known where to start, then Learning PHP 5 is the book you need. With attention to both PHP 4 and the new PHP version 5, it provides everything from a explanation of how PHP works with your web server and web browser to the ins and outs of working with databases and HTML forms. Written by the co-author of the popular PHP Cookbook, this book is for intelligent (but not necessarily highly-technical) readers. Learning PHP 5 guides you through every aspect of the language you'll need to master for professional web programming results. This book provides a hands-on learning experience complete with exercises to make sure the lessons stick.Learning PHP 5 covers the following topics, and more:

  • How PHP works with your web browser and web server
  • PHP language basics, including data, variables, logic and looping
  • Working with arrays and functions
  • Making web forms
  • Working with databases like MySQL
  • Remembering users with sessions
  • Parsing and generating XML
  • Debugging
Written by David Sklar, coauthor of the PHP Cookbook and an instructor in PHP, this book offers the ideal classroom learning experience whether you're in a classroom or on your own. From learning how to install PHP to designing database-backed web applications, Learning PHP 5 will guide you through every aspect of the language you'll need to master to achieve professional web programming results.
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4.0

Well written, easy to understand.

By Richard19

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  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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Comments about oreilly Learning PHP 5:

This is a great book. I used this to compliment my lessons at http://learnphpquick.com/ This book is well written, very accurate and will guarentee you sucess in learning PHP. In essence it is a must have. Another great project from o'reilly

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one word .. "GREAT BOOK"

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i m from india .. and i must say one word GREAT about this book ..

i was fresher in PHP and after this book , you wont believe i have started freelancing in php earning money with my study .

thanks .. god bless you all .. i love you guys ..

go on ..

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5.0

Best book! Highly recommended.

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    Comments about oreilly Learning PHP 5:

    Probably the best book on a technical subject i have ever read. It is very clear, with very good examples, starts from the basics and explains everything in a nice way. I really loved how all the subjects were covered without making this book have an unneeded large size(like many others do).

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    4.0

    Pain-Free is right!

    By seodr

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    Found this book to be extremely helpful while going through the PHP course of O'Reilly School of Technology's PHP/SQL Programming Certification (http://www.oreillyschool.com/certificates/php-sql-programming.php) . Explains things very clearly and just how they need to be explained. I also like the approach. But overall, a wonderful supplement for the OST PHP Course lessons.

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    4.0

    It's what you expect.

    By dizzleman

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    Comments about oreilly Learning PHP 5:

    This book is what I have come to expect from O'Reilly books over the years: concise, on topic, and reasonably entertaining.

    I have to admit that I haven't read the entire book, but that's a good thing. You don't have to in order to get good use from it. The first half dozen chapters give you the boilerplate of PHP and, as a long-time perl hacker, that put me in very familiar territory. I started noodling about with test programs right away. The rest of the chapters cover specific topics that you can read as you approach those programming problems, or ignore if they don't apply to you. It's very well organized in that respect.

    If you are the cover-to-cover sort, you will find that it's entertaining enough to give you the material without putting you to sleep. And for folks who perhaps don't have years of programming or web experience, David Sklar lays out the concepts in language simple enough for everyone to pick up.

    Overall another very good and useful book.

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    By GL Joe

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    Comments about oreilly Learning PHP 5:

    Best tech book I've read

    David Sklar (sp?) has a gift when it comes to technical tutoring. There are many authors out there who could learn from him, how to write in a clear and understandable way.

    I've gone through four other php books and was only frustrated and confused until I read this one. So often times, tech writers start out with simple stuff that is almost common knowledge, followed immediately by over-the-top, advanced material that only gives me a headache. Not David with Learning PHP 5!

    I can only hope that O'Reilly contracts him for future references.

    (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
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    Strange exercise

    By vun

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    Learning PHP5 by David Sklar

    The third exercise of the book, Chapter 2, page 32, seems to be a strange formatting example. The format does not concern the normal browser page, but the source view.

    I'd like to know from the author whether my observation is right.

    If yes, why doesn't it say so in the text and what's the use of formatting text to be viewed in source view?

    If no, what am I doing wrong? (Nota bene: I checked by copying the code from the book from page 296-297.)

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    5.0

    The best book out there for PHP

    By Jose

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    Comments about oreilly Learning PHP 5:

    I have read this book from cover to cover, and there's one thing that I can say for sure, "It's the best book I've ever read about a technical matter." It kept me interested in the topic, and the examples were extremely relevant.

    I have read other books about php including Programming PHP by O'Reilly, but Learning PHP gets at the hear of how to use PHP to create dynamic websites. This book is great for begineers and for power users. There are some exercises at the end of the chapter to practice, but the nice thing is to be able to look at the answers for extra examples at the end of the book.

    This book covered so much about php and it's power in so few pages. The book also covers the new PHP5 features and the last chapter makes you want to explore more about php.

    This book is a must have.

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    4.0

    Intelligently Written

    By Goran Halusa

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    Comments about oreilly Learning PHP 5:

    This book is great for a beginner, but best for the intermediate programmer. David Sklar does a great job at explaining variables, arrays, functions, working with databases, sessions, and other useful tips and tricks. All of this is written in simple terms, which is a great plus... seeing how PHP has taken off beyond all expectations. Highly recommended... thanks David!

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