Head First PHP & MySQL
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2008
Pages: 814

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
  • Use cookies and sessions to track visitors' login information and personalize the site for users
  • 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
Throughout the book, you'll build sophisticated examples -- including a mailing list, a job board, and an online dating site -- to help you learn how to harness the power of PHP and MySQL in a variety of contexts. If you're ready to build a truly dynamic website, Head First PHP & MySQL is the ideal way to get going.
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3.6

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68%

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  • Helpful examples (21)
  • Easy to understand (17)
  • Well-written (13)
  • Accurate (12)
  • Concise (10)

Cons

  • Difficult to understand (5)
  • Not comprehensive enough (4)
  • Too many errors (4)

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  • Student (17)
  • Intermediate (14)
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2.0

Astonishingly poor in the most important areas

By Steve

from Toronto

Comments about oreilly Head First PHP & MySQL:

Instructions for installing Apache are so minimal and outdated that the rest becomes useless as a beginner's guide. Shameful.

 
3.0

Too much erros

By Marcia

from Brazil

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples

Cons

  • Too many errors

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  • Intermediate
  • Novice
  • Student

Comments about oreilly Head First PHP & MySQL:

The php, mysql and apache versions are totally outdated and I can't do work the newer on Windows 10.
So I can't go beyond chapter 2

 
3.0

I love the Head First series, but...

By RoibAlex

from Madison, WI

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Pros

  • Head First Bnook

Cons

  • Out Of Date

Best Uses

  • Intermediate

Comments about oreilly Head First PHP & MySQL:

I was lucky to pick as my first Head First book the one on HTML and CSS. I loved the user friendly style, the jokes and the solid grounding in HTML and CSS as I went along. But several Head First books later, I have found that not all Head First books are created equal. It takes a special skill to write these. I really want to learn PhP and there are two things stopping me from going full steam into this book. Now, the number one thing is that it's out of date. Eight years old for a web book is ancient history by now. I don't know why they can't keep more of their books up to date. Second, I just had a hard time getting into this one. I think I was put off by the amount of busywork typing that came near the beginning, and it seemed to drag. I subscribe to Safari Books Online and have tagged a book on PhP 6. I'll probably give this one away and study the newer book.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exactly what I needed.

By Russ

from Pennsylvania

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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    • Student

    Comments about oreilly Head First PHP & MySQL:

    I've always said that the difference is in the teacher. This book is a fine example of that. So far I'm about to finish chapter 1 and I understand every single thing I've learned. It doesn't get any better than this!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect

    By Somebody

    from Norway

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    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

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      • Intermediate
      • Novice
      • Student

      Comments about oreilly Head First PHP & MySQL:

      The book is perfectly! Everything is well explained. It's true that it is now basically outdated, but the changes in PHP are very minor, you don't really need to care about.

       
      4.0

      Engaging

      By Pip

      from London, England

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      Pros

      • Developing From Chapter1
      • Easy to understand
      • Engaging
      • Helpful examples
      • Practical Examples
      • Well-written

      Cons

      • Too many errors

      Best Uses

      • Html Css Experience
      • Novice
      • Student

      Comments about oreilly Head First PHP & MySQL:

      I'm a Graphic Designer by trade with HTML + CSS experience and I've been teaching myself PHP + MySQL rather unsuccessfully up until now. The lynda.com tutorials really struggle to keep my attention and some other tech books are just so dry and dull I get bored and look elsewhere.

      This book is unlike the above. If you're keen to get things going, and learn in a interactive way then you could do alot worse than give this book a go.

      I learn best by, following, repeating, tinker-ing. What happens if I do this...? And this book allows that kinda mentality.

      For future editions... it would be absolutely fantastic if there was a video series to accompany the book - as a summary of what you've learned — just to cover all learning styles, a recap of variables, arrays etc would be great.

      The ONLY slight annonyance is the PHP / MYSQL versions are outdated now (naturally, as it's 2014 at the time I write this, the book was written 2008) — and you do find yourself spending quite alot of time debugging, and problem solving which does slow things down.

      But a great great book, I think I'll get the Javascript book next!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Hard to get start

      By John

      from Malden, MA

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples

      Cons

      • Difficult to understand
      • Not comprehensive enough

      Best Uses

      • Novice
      • Student

      Comments about oreilly Head First PHP & MySQL:

      The appendix b about getting start to install PHP and MySQL to computer is helpless. It doesn't provides enough information for people using Mac. Should give more detail on that. That's why I got really hard for my first PHP programm.

       
      4.0

      Good Book to get you stared

      By The new guy

      from OHIO

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      Pros

      • Simple Instruction

      Cons

      • Very Basic

      Best Uses

      • Beginner

      Comments about oreilly Head First PHP & MySQL:

      For anyone buying this like any other books, there will be some pros and cons to which the material is be presented. I have some advance PHP and MySQL books, this book fill the void of simplication with graphics. By the books and judge for yourself, if then you must return it then do so. I like and the other two series of books that I've purchased. Simple instructions combine with advance instructions fill in the the middle.

       
      5.0

      Great book

      By Running David

      from Nashville, TN

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      • Accurate
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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        Best Uses

        • Intermediate
        • Student

        Comments about oreilly Head First PHP & MySQL:

        I am a college student who had 2 years of programming experience and is looking forward to doing some website dev for a organization. This book really helps me to build my web dev skills based on my programming experiences. The author did a good job explaining the fundamental things and giving interesting and engaging examples. Great book!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good book but...

        By Mrdjhiphop23

        from Chicago,IL

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        Pros

        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples

        Cons

        • Storylines

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate
        • Novice

        Comments about oreilly Head First PHP & MySQL:

        The book is really great and I would recommend it to beginners who know html and css already because you would already need to know the syntax or the foundation of how programming really is. So, beginners read their new book head first for html5 and css3. Other, than that I love the book but sometimes the book gets carried away with the characters story plot line and sometimes you focus on a different aspect of the problem rather than the coding. Overall, I would come back and buy there other books!

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