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Web Database Applications with PHP, and MySQL

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  190 ratings  ·  9 reviews
What do eBay, and have in common? They're all applications that integrate large databases with the Web. The popularity (and power) of these applications stems from their accessibility and usability: thousands of users can access the same data at the same time without theneed to install any additional software on their computers.

Web Database Applications
Paperback, 592 pages
Published March 26th 2002 by O'Reilly Media (first published 2002)
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Andrew Nite
This book is great when it comes to learning PHP syntax, fundamentals, and concepts; such as conditions, comparisons, functions, PHP's OOP, and connecting to a MySQL database. If your interested in PHP and want to see what it offers compared to other web scripting languages or you're already familiar with the concepts of programming I feel that this book will be a great start. Thought I would not recommend this book to someone just beginning programming since it may become a little confusing. It ...more
Sep 05, 2007 Rob rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: coding novices looking to learn the webdev fundamentals
Shelves: technical, own
Alternative title: "How to Teach Yourself Enough WebApp Fundamentals to Convince Yourself You Can Do the Job."

The approach is a good enough one. They give you a project (a wine store) and you slowly build its various components using PHP for the front-end and MySQL for the back. It's written in such a way that even though the particulars and mechanics center on these two specific technologies you should (if you're reasonably intelligent) be able to transfer those lessons easily to another enviro
PHP and MySQL go hand in hand; the former has been carefully adapted, through the efforts of the open-source community, to the latter. For situations that require dynamic content but don't merit the complexity and development time of Java or .NET enterprise applications, the PHP language and the MySQL database server fit the bill perfectly. That's the point Hugh Williams and David Lane make in Web Database Applications with PHP & MySQL, which combines language tutorials with application desi ...more
Jamie Collins
it's a solid introduction to PHP and MSQL. The book delves into what I consider intermediate PHP (session management, advanced authentication) without much of a transition however, and unless you have a strong Web dev/HTML background, the material gets a bit sticky and you are left on your own to resolve some gaping holes. Add to this that some of the example code simply doesn't work and happens to be conveniently left off the web resource. That's just poor technical editing which sucks when she ...more
Well, it's setting in my desk at work, so I figured I better add it. This is a pretty dated book, and I was hoping it might be useful on my current project at work, but I haven't actually opened it yet. This may be on a shelf at my garage sale this weekend, come to think of it . . .

Marcus Lira
It bought it in order to improve my programming skills, but the book is often confusing, and I'd often look up some of the stuff on the internet anyway.
This book got me started in web programming. I've moved on to Django now, but I would recommend this for the fundamentals.
John Clarke
Quite interesting, learned a couple neat tricks ;)
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