Welcome to Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL, and Apache All in One, Second Edition! The first edition of this book combined the lessons found in Sams Teach Yourself Apache 2 in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours, and Sams Teach Yourself MySQL in 24 Hours, along with several additional chapters, to provide you with a solid and painless introduction to the world of developing Web-based applications using these three technologies. This edition contains updated information throughout these lessons, plus a "Quick Start" chapter at the beginning of the book. This new chapter provides the quick installation information for each of these technologies, before delving into the granular, introductory chapters for each application.
Over the course of this book, you'll learn the concepts necessary for configuring and managing the Apache Web server, the basics of programming in PHP, and the methods for using and administering the MySQL relational database system. The overall goal of the book is to provide you with the foundation you need to understand how seamlessly these technologies integrate with one another, and to give you practical knowledge of how to integrate them.