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Head First Php & MySQL

(Head First Series)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  21 reviews
If you're ready to create web pages more complex than those you can build with HTML and CSS, Head First PHP & MySQL is the ultimate learning guide to building dynamic, database-driven websites using PHP and MySQL. Packed with real-world examples, this book teaches you all the essentials of server-side programming, from the fundamentals of PHP and MySQL coding to ...more
Paperback, 828 pages
Published December 22nd 2011 by O'Reilly (first published January 1st 2008)
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Chad Warner
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At OptimWise, I build websites with WordPress, and currently focus on front-end development (HTML and CSS). I’ve tweaked PHP, but I want to get better at modifying WordPress themes and plugins, which requires working with PHP and MySQL. This book was very helpful, as it includes step-by-step examples of building simple web applications with PHP and MySQL, and covers database fundamentals. The book is visual and easy to understand, explaining concepts and providing practical application. Like ...more
Ed Limonov
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good book to read for any coder. The ratio of time spnet reading vs. writing is well over 10:1.
Josh St John
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After staring for what seemed like hours at the bookstore trying to figure out what PHP/MySQL book to buy, I found this gem. It is written in a way that is very easy to understand. The author gives you the information, then you're asked to use what you've learned to solve a problem you may encounter as a developer. The situations the author puts in front of you are always humorous, and I thought it was great that I was actually laughing quite a bit while learning something that could be very ...more
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 'head first' series has a way of explaining computer language so that it does not seem so daunting. The photographs, exercises, and diagrams truly helped me grasp heavy concepts in record-breaking time. That being said, I'm only a beginner in the language. It definitely didn't hold my hand on everything (such as using the programs it told me to install in my computer) but I suppose that can be expected. By use of the internet there are so many free videos and tutorials online that it was not ...more
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
want to know how it's like to enjoy every minute of a book you're reading? Well, this book is just the right for you then. You'll learn php and mysql in no time, and have loads of fun while you're at it :)
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book if you are first getting into php/mysql coming from a non-programming background
Luan Borelli
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought
The book presents a differentiated didactics, full of stories and illustrations. Probably a good choice to introduce programming to new entrants in the area or even to a younger audience.

I would not recommend this book for those who already have considerable experience in the area, on the grounds that there are several other more objective bibliographic options on the subject that allow a more direct and in-depth learning.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book! Just couldn't be better! Definitely recommend to everyone.
Ion Prodan
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book even in 2019!
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technology
This is a very unusual and unconventional book in its design. I suppose its design is intended to make things easier to learn, the way images and visualizations are aggressively used. I didn't end up using the book in a linear fashion, but there were some areas that I found useful, like the part detailing regular expressions, which none of my other PHP books had content on. If you're learning PHP on you're own, it's a decent alternate book that you can use as a reference as it has some unique ...more
Jim Metzger
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: internet
If I see a Head First book related to something I am trying to learn or improve my knowledge on, I will pick it up and use it. Their approach to literally diving into a subject works for me. You write code as you go along as well as take part in crossword puzzles and other challenges. It sounds juvenile at first, but even for the seasoned geek, it makes learning even more fun!

I have been dabbling in PHP for years and this book put together PHP with MySQL perfectly!

Definitely 5 stars for the
This was abandoned, not because it wasn't good or useful, but because I started a PHP course and it lost its usefulness for me. I would recommend it to others as a thoughtful and fun PHP & MySQL tutorial.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it a lot, just like every book in the series. I read it very quickly because I had to work on a project and just wanted the basic info on the PHP and MySQL but it was really fun
Rohit Mishra
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner in the Head First series. The book teaches you basic PHP in a simple manner and continues the simplicity and easy readability that is a trademark of the original HF Java.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read this for a class. Good intro book.
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was for my database class. Probably the most interesting textbook. Only because it had me make a website about alien abductions....
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Lynn Beighley is the author of dozens of tech books and even more articles. She's had lots of her short stories published in lots of places. She's an editor for Manning Publications and she's currently writing a YA novel that she hopes will encourage girls to try a bit of computer programming. She got an MFA a few years back. She's on twitter as @lynnbeighley and would enjoy hearing from you.

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