PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2011
Pages: 500

If you can build websites with CSS and JavaScript, this book takes you to the next level—creating dynamic, database-driven websites with PHP and MySQL. Learn how to build a database, manage your content, and interact with users through queries and web forms. With step-by-step tutorials, real-world examples, and jargon-free explanations, you’ll soon discover the power of server-side programming.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Get a running start. Write PHP scripts and create a web form right away.
  • Learn the language. Get up to speed on PHP and SQL syntax quickly.
  • Build a database. Use MySQL to store user information and other data.
  • Make it dynamic. Create pages that change with each new viewing.
  • Be ready for mistakes. Plan error messages to help direct users.
  • Manage your content. Use the file system to access user data, including images and other binary files.
  • Control operations. Create an administrative interface to oversee your site.
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  • Easy to understand (6)
  • Helpful examples (4)
  • Well-written (3)

Cons

  • Too many errors (5)
  • Not comprehensive enough (3)

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3.0

Fairly good

By JS Stephens

from southwest

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Pros

  • Helpful examples

Cons

  • Not comprehensive enough

Best Uses

  • Intermediate

Comments about oreilly PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual:

So far, this is fairly good. My only complaint at this time is that in chapter 4 on working with terminal and mysql, there seem to be missing commands. Although I've worked with Macs for eight years, I've never delved into Terminal, so when I'm told to type commands, then save the profile, I have no clue what to do to actually issue the save command.

Otherwise, the explanations are making sense.

 
2.0

Good Book. Bad Editing

By haitiman

from Miami, FL

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  • Easy to understand
  • Good Flow
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Too many errors

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  • Student

Comments about oreilly PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual:

This book content-wise is a jewel. The author clearly knows his stuff and presents it in a fashion that is easy to comprehend.

The downfall of this book is a lack of editing. A good second pair of eyes reading over this text would've really helped before it hit store shelves.

I simply don't understand how a book with this many errors make it to publication. Typos, grammar, and code syntax are scattered all across its pages. Don't believe me, check out the errata section for the first edition of this book.

I have read many books in the Missing Manual series, and yes, there are a few mistakes, but this one takes the prize for the most.

Fortunately, this book is now in its third edition. I wanted to write this review to warn others like me who stumbled upon the first edition.

Shame on O'Reilly for unleashing this one out on the public.

 
4.0

Awesome read for beginners in PHP

By shivam

from india

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand

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    • Student

    Comments about oreilly PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual:

    awesome stuff in nice detailing... interesting easy to understand and follow...

    Loved the missing manual series ( all javascript jquery and css ones) Great help.....

     
    3.0

    Great topics & insights, poor delivery

    By SamS

    from Portland, OR

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    Pros

    • Helpful examples

    Cons

    • Too many errors

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual:

    Honestly I have learned much working through this Missing Manual. However, due to the many errors in the text (ebook), I have struggled. However, if I push on through the text, I have often found the corrected code.

    To the author. Please take more time to make certain the code works. Also, because many may be using testing servers and either WAMP or MAMP, please provide a section that specifically using this software (that includes MySQL and Apache (for a reference, see how David Sawyer McFarland has done this in Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual. McFarland's Missing Manual is excellent! Another excellent example is Matthew MacDonald's Creating a Website: The Missing Manual, Third Edition)

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    PHP & MySQL : The Missing Manual

    By Mat

    from Bentonville, AR

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    Pros

    • Easy to understand

    Cons

    • Too many errors

    Best Uses

    • Student

    Comments about oreilly PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual:

    I'm a big fan of the Missing Manual series of books. Their information is (generally) straightfoward and workable. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of this book. This book was riddled with errors (unworkable code)—even in the authors digital download. The author also jumped around and sometimes talked about placing code in a particular place, but never actually told you where that place was. That being said, the book does attempt to give you a ground-up approach to building sites with PHP & MySQL, but with all of the coding errors and sporadic navigation this book simply fails to deliver.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    A Failure in the Missing Manual Series

    By FatBear

    from Toronto, ON

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      • Difficult to understand
      • Too many errors

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        Comments about oreilly PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual:

        There are no clear tutorials as in other Missing Manual titles. The examples weren't available until two months after the title was released. Grammar and spelling errors everywhere and poorly structured content.

        A huge disappointment as I was eagerly awaiting a Missing Manual title on PHP and MySQL.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Where is the missing CD code

        By Ola

        from Beamont, CA

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              Comments about oreilly PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual:

              There are no missing cd code online, this should be made available before the books hit the store for sale.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Errors, errors and more errors.

              By andrew

              from nyc

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              • Easy to understand
              • Well-written

              Cons

              • Not comprehensive enough
              • Too many errors

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              • Student

              Comments about oreilly PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual:

              I usually like the missing manual series. This book is a disaster. There are too many errors, most of the code just simply does not work. There are entire sections, specifically with MySQL, that are rushed over.

              As of a month after the books release there still aren't code examples on the website.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              straightforward yet comprehensive

              By David Briddock

              from UK

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              • Easy to understand
              • Helpful examples
              • Well-written

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                • Student

                Comments about oreilly PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual:

                Right from the start PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual assumes the typical reader will have no knowledge of PHP or SQL. Instead it suggests they are likely to be an HTML, CSS and JavaScript programmer, wishing to explore server-side development. As such, at least a basic understanding of HTML is a prerequisite.

                At close to 500 pages there's plenty of space to cover each new topic in detail. Detail that includes numerous images, code examples, tips, notes and advisory warnings. All supplemented with wise best practice advice and informative background information.

                Despite the book's length a clean layout and bold page headers ensure flicking back and forward to specific areas of interest is undemanding and rapid. As the content is intended to be consumed in a practical, hands-on manner, it's good to find a complete set of code examples available for download at the website.

                Brett has a light and entertaining style of writing, which he combines with a gentle wit. New information is presented in a fluid and coherent manner, even when introducing some of the more complex topics.

                Structurally the book's thirteen chapters are divided into four main sections. While each section has its own well defined domain, they join together to form a smooth, interactive journey. A journey to assemble real-world PHP and MySQL-based web pages from scratch.

                The first section successfully guides you through the basics. As you'll have to download the necessary software, instructions are provided for both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac. This is followed by a step-by-step overview of the PHP and SQL languages, and the MySQL database product.

                Located in the middle two sections are numerous web page examples, each designed to explore a specific element of server-side development. By the end of these sections you'll have the knowledge to create key elements for a typical website, and be able to dynamically retrieve, display and manage database-stored content. Any page you've created can be subsequently modified to address your own design requirements.

                Important topics such as error handling are not only included, but covered in some depth. And Brett doesn't shirk from the more complex areas, such as regular expressions and managing database blobs (binary objects). However, this book isn't intended to be a PHP or SQL language reference and doesn't attempt to cover object-oriented programming or other advanced PHP techniques.

                The final section covers the creation of a secure user authentication page - another essential website element. It builds upon the knowledge learned in earlier chapters, while introducing new topics such as authentication headers, credential validation, encryption, cookies and user sessions.

                In summary, if you're after an excellent, straightforward, yet comprehensive introduction to web server application development, this certainly hits the mark.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good Start

                By AmeJane

                from Phildelphia, PA

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                Pros

                • Easy to understand
                • Helpful examples

                Cons

                • Not comprehensive enough

                Best Uses

                • Novice

                Comments about oreilly PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual:

                I am designer turned programmer. I won't pay for someone else to do the work if I can invest that money to learn myself. I have read other MM books that I thoroughly enjoyed (CSS & Dreamweaver c2c). I was looking for a resource to help me expand my skills. PHP & MySQL MM has helped me wrap me head around a language that was not making sense at the beginning. Where not the resource guide the others have become, it used simple construction to help expand on the concepts and how to improve on those. I did get lost at times in which scripts I was editing and am waiting for the companion missing cd so that I can actually work along with the book.

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