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PHP for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  11 reviews
With PHP for the World Wide Web, Fourth Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide, readers can start from the beginning to get a tour of the programming language, or look up specific tasks to learn just what they need to know. This task-based visual reference guide uses step-by-step instructions and plenty of screenshots to teach beginning and intermediate users this popular open-s ...more
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 528 pages
Published March 19th 2011 by Peachpit Press (first published December 12th 2008)
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Maciej Gościmiński
The book step by step in an accessible way shows the basic use of PHP in conjunction with html. On example demonstrates how PHP is used in the creation of websites showing how to build them. In addition, all the scripts discussed in the book are available on the author's website where there is also a forum, where you can ask a question.
After studying the book you will learn how to connect php with html in the design of a simple dynamic website or a simple blog. You will learn how PHP use MYSQL
Chad Warner
This book introduces PHP through well-explained, realistic examples. After exploring the basic concepts and syntax of PHP, it shows how to work with files and databases. It’s not as straightforward as Head First PHP MySQL (my review), but it definitely covers a lot more ground. Each chapter ends with several tips (usually best practices) and suggestions for digging deeper.

• Use print for scalar (single-valued) variables, and print_r() for complex variables (arrays and objects).
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Just finished the 21 pages of the introduction (non-counted pages, 481 pages);

Useful note: "within There you’ll find every script in this book available in a downloadable form."

"PHP came to mean PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. (The definition basically means that PHP handles data before it becomes HTML)"

"PHP code can be written within your HTML code"

"PHP is designed to do something only after an event occurs—for example, when a user submits a form or goes to a URL (Uniform Reso
Ashley the Magnificent™
"This book assumes only a basic knowledge of HTML, although the more comfortable you are handling raw HTML code w/o the aid of WYSIWYG, the easier the transition to using PHP will be. [...] Previous programming experience is not required. However, it may expedite your learning."

-Intro page #16

Oh, how I wish they would take to writing this on the cover of every "how to" computer text. It certainly would save everyone from guessing which book best suits their skill level, and possibly buying a boo
Jason Kaiser

While I am no stranger to PHP, the book offered me a great review of some of the coding language I had forgotten. My only gripe with the book is that for being printed fairly recently, it is lacking the popular OOP (Object Oriented Programing) style of PHP coding. this wasn't that crucial for me (because the web is a great resource), but, when coding, I didn't want to do constant web searches for things that should be included. What would have also made the book so much better is a longer empha
Unchien Andalou
A very well-structured book. A must-have for any beginner. However, more examples would made this book a 5 star book!
Great primer on the basics of how to write in PHP. This author has released other books that go beyond what's covered in this book, so non-beginners could probably skip this one and go for those. For beginners, this book explains the concepts and applications of PHP in a way that is very clear and well-paced; I came away fully equipped to build basic PHP/MySQL-powered websites.
I read half of this book as part of a class, and I'm going to have to admit to myself that I'm probably never going to finish it. That isn't any fault of the book, though! This is a clearly written introduction to PHP and the hands-on exercises really helped it to sink in. I'll definitely keep this around as a reference for any future PHPing.
If you're just starting out learning PHP, this is the book you should use. I had bought several other PHP/MySQL books, including the one for dummies, and I found this book to be the easiest one to learn from. It covers all the essentials really well: html forms, databases, and the superglobals.
Igor Flysta
Best book I've read on basics of PHP and programming in general. Definitely recommend for beginners.
Matt Cornelius
I use this book as a textbook for my intro to PHP course at Pratt Institute CCPS.
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