Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript
A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: July 2009
Pages: 528

If you know HTML, this guide will have you building interactive websites quickly. You'll learn how to create responsive, data-driven websites with PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript, regardless of whether you already know how to program. Discover how the powerful combination of PHP and MySQL provides an easy way to build modern websites complete with dynamic data and user interaction. You'll also learn how to add JavaScript to create rich Internet applications and websites.

Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript explains each technology separately, shows you how to combine them, and introduces valuable web programming concepts, including objects, XHTML, cookies, and session management. You'll practice what you've learned with review questions in each chapter, and find a sample social networking platform built with the elements introduced in this book.

This book will help you:

  • Understand PHP essentials and the basics of object-oriented programming
  • Master MySQL, from database structure to complex queries
  • Create web pages with PHP and MySQL by integrating forms and other HTML features
  • Learn about JavaScript, from functions and event handling to accessing the Document Object Model
  • Use libraries and packages, including the Smarty web template system, PEAR program repository, and the Yahoo! User Interface Library
  • Make Ajax calls and turn your website into a highly dynamic environment
  • Upload and manipulate files and images, validate user input, and secure your applications

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  • Well-written (7)
  • Accurate (6)
  • Concise (6)

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  • Not comprehensive enough (4)
  • Too many errors (4)

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4.0

Basic Building for dynamic sites

By Max

from Manchester UK

About Me Curious

Verified Buyer

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  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript:

    The book builds your knowledge bit by bit.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Promises more than it can deliver

    By dybedo

    from Brighton

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      Cons

      • Difficult to understand
      • Too many errors

      Best Uses

      • Intermediate

      Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript:

      Some aspects (the easy stuff !) are well written and easy to follow with good explanations - then it leaps into very complex terms with no explanation poor examples (or very incomplete explanations), poor context - such as giving examples that would never be of use/apply in the real world. The Javascript part is particularly bad but the css quite good (but then again that is easier to explain isnt it). Seems to have run out of energy for taking it slowly and doing things step by step. Has an annoying habit of patronising the reader.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply Awesome

      By Aditya Gohad

      from Mumbai,India

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript:

      If you know little about HTML and very little about programming then this book is best to start with

       
      5.0

      Thank you,Mr.Robin

      By Tonny

      from Beijing,China

      About Me College Student

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      • Easy to understand

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript:

        It is so useful and easy to read and practice,although I am not a native English speaker.Thanks,Mr.Robin.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect for aspiring web developers

        By Murphy

        from Gateshead

        About Me Designer, Developer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Not comprehensive enough
        • Too many errors

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        • Intermediate
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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript:

        This book is pretty much every you need to get started with web development. Of course, a knowledge of html is a prerequisite, but you shouldn't be buying a book away php until you until html.

        The step-by-step guide is awesome for going through the code information and then examples. The attention to the detail in the second-half of the book seems like the author just wanted to finish it quickly - more for an intermediate - can get lost quite a bit without much support.

        All being said, I think this is the perfect book to get you started with php, mysql and javascript.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        excellent for beginners!

        By Lorenzo

        from ITU

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript:

          Download the examples and just follow Nixon!
          It couldn't be any easier..

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect for beginners

          By Ben the Awesome

          from Charleston, Sc

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript:

            Not an absolutely thorough book of EVERYTHING you need to know but its pretty close. I have already reccommended this book to a few friends who are on the same level as I am in programming. I took a few programming courses in college years ago then joined the MarineCorps and forgot everything. This book was the perfect reintroduction in programming for me.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Examples

            By Billy the Kid

            from Wild West, CA

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript:

              If you are able to pick up new technology sets fairly well, or have had even the slightest experience with any of these, this book is perfect. It has excellent examples that get you comfortable with the core behaviors of each technology. If you have never turned on a computer, maybe you should go to the dummies books...

              (5 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not overly impressed so far

              By pmartin462

              from Gloucester, MA

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                • Difficult to understand
                • Not comprehensive enough

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                • Intermediate

                Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript:

                This book is supposed to be geared toward beginners. I have already gotten through two course (HTML and XML) without too much difficulty. With this in mind I have some issues with this book (only on page 69 at the time of this review). First, it introduces many terms without explanation. One example of this is the difference between echo and print. Both are introduced well before the purpose of either is discussed, or the difference between the two is explained, and the explanation was terrible. I had to go other sources before I knew what the difference was between the two. At another point of confusion the author discussed the identity operator. Believe that I had missed the explanation of this operator, I looked in the index. The index noted to (see === under symbols). So, I looked for "symbols" in the index, which did not exist. I also looked in the table of contents, and appendixes--no luck. Another Major Problem I have with the book is that there are no hands on activities. He simple presents the code, and every once in awhile shows the output. Being a former teacher, I know that this is no way to teach new material to beginners. Hopefully the book will get better as I get deeper into the content, but I am not hopeful.

                (9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Good idea, very badly executed.

                By FJF

                from New York

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                • Concise

                Cons

                • Not comprehensive enough
                • Too many errors

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                • Intermediate

                Comments about O'Reilly Media Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript:

                The idea is excellent, a book for beginner's to understand how HTML, PHP, MYSQL, and Javascript interact to create dynamic web pages. Only problem are the number of errors. Page 233 in particular. Readers slogging through all the code finally get to see how the MYSQL database and a web page would interact yet the code is wrong. On the errata page, the author puts "correct" code which also doesn' work. Now I will have to buy another book, that hopefully is without the errors.

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