PHP & MySQL: Novice to Ninja, 5th Edition
Publisher: SitePoint
Final Release Date: May 2012
Pages: 481

PHP & MySQL: Novice to Ninja is a practical hands-on guide to learning all the tools, principles and techniques needed to build a fully-functional database-driven web site using PHP & MySQL.



This book covers everything from installing PHP & MySQL under Windows, Linux, and Mac through to building a live web-based content management system.



While this is essentially a beginner's book, it also covers more advanced topics such as the storage of binary data in MySQL, and cookies and sessions in PHP. It comes complete with a set of handy reference guides for PHP & MySQL that include:

  • MySQL syntax
  • MySQL functions
  • MysQL column types
  • PHP functions for working with MySQL
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    5.0

    Great Intro

    By Troy

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    Comments about oreilly PHP & MySQL: Novice to Ninja, 5th Edition:

    This book has provides what is states, an introduction to php and mysql. My previous programming experience is desktop and embedded c/c++. This book was very easy to understand due to my background, at times slightly to basic do to the target audience being those that don't have a strong programming background. However it provides you with a enough information to build functionality and also provides meaningful references if you wish to learn more indepth in specific areas of php.

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    5.0

    A great start for anyone

    By GKEvans - Agile Entrepreneur

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      Comments about oreilly PHP & MySQL: Novice to Ninja, 5th Edition:

      I obtained a copy of PHP & MySQL, 5th edition, because I have taken over support for a Wordpress/MySQL website with phpAdmin installed. I am a desktop developer, so I hoped this book would give be a jump-start to understand my server environment. I was not disappointed.

      Kevin Yanks communicates his content clearly, without any fluff. I have been programming for many decades, but I could barely spell PHP. Kevin's explanation using example after example made picking up the basic syntax a breeze. There were a couple of ideas that I had to re-read to get the real gist, but I congratulate Kevin on his commitment to simplicity. As a writer and instructor myself, I give him big kudos for adding complexity in small, incremental steps.

      One of his most complex topics is Regular Expressions. This is an area that becomes quite obtuse very quickly. I am a passable novice at RegExes, and I admit I had to read some pages a couple of times, but I learned a lot! Great job, Kevin.

      PHP & MySQL spends a lot of time on MySQL, as it should. Relational databases are pervasive, but they are also rife with areas of difficulties: not the least of which is the SQL language itself. Kevin does an excellent job of explaining MySQL installation, Administration, and common Functions and Queries.

      Some reviewers have said this is not a book for total beginners. This may be true: a total beginner may not understand what a for-loop is, or when to use it. But the book's preface clearly states: "This book is aimed at intermediate and advanced web designers..." For anyone with a knowledge of one or two programming languages, and some HTML, this book should not be a major challenge.

      I was looking for a broad survey of PHP and MySQL, not a deep-dive into arcane syntax that I might never see, much less use. I am very satisfied that this is exactly what PHP & MySQL gave me. I am moving into more low-level areas now, but I got a great jump-start from Kevin's excellent 5th edition

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      4.0

      Great overview

      By Seagull

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        Comments about oreilly PHP & MySQL: Novice to Ninja, 5th Edition:

        Another great book from SitePoint. Kevin Yank's book really encapsulates setting up a website from basic through to intermediate level with PHP and MySQL databases, it's less focussed on the advanced techniques so it is not for all levels.

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