The PHP scripting language and MySQL open-source database are quite
effective independently, but together they make a simply unbeatable
team. When working hand-in-hand, they serve as the standard for the
rapid development of dynamic, database-driven websites. This
combination is so popular, in fact, that it's attracting many
programming newbies who come from a web or graphic design background
and whose first language is HTML. If you fall into this ever-expanding
category, then this book is for you.
Learning PHP and MySQL starts with the very basics
of the PHP language, including strings and arrays, pattern matching and a detailed
discussion of the variances in different PHP versions. Next, it
explains how to work with MySQL, covering information on SQL data
access for language and data fundamentals like tables and statements.
Finally, after it's sure that you've mastered these separate concepts,
the book shows you how to put them together to
generate dynamic content. In the process, you'll also learn about error
handling, security, HTTP authentication and more.
If you're a hobbyist who is intimidated by thick, complex
computer books, then this guide definitely belongs on your shelf.
Learning PHP and MySQL explains everything--from
basic concepts to the nuts and bolts of performing specific tasks--in plain
Part of O'Reilly's bestselling "Learning" series, the book is an
easy-to-use resource designed specifically for newcomers. It's also a launching pad
for future learning, providing you with a solid foundation for more advanced development.