The Bottom Line
- Good overview of PHP and mySQL
- Great examples for how and why to use these tools
- Pictures and code snippets make it easy to follow
- No installation help for Linux
- Less about mySQL than PHP
- The first two chapters cover PHP and how to program with it.
- Then you move into dynamic pages and why you want them.
- Chapters four and 5 cover my SQL and how to use it.
- And finally at chapter 6 we get to see them in tandem.
- The chapters on cookies and security are important, but seem a bit sparse.
- Chapters 9 and 10 go into the meat of application development and extending your site.
- Then the fun begins with the examples found in 11-13: CMS, Registration, and ecommerce.
- The installation appendix covers Macintosh and Windows only, nothing on Linux.
- The reference appendices are not very helpful - get separate books for these topics.
Guide Review - PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites
Feb 10, 2004 - Dynamic Web pages is a really important part of the Internet these days. And this means more than just pictures that change color when your mouse rolls over them. This book will show you how to take two fairly complex tools (PHP and mySQL) and combine them on your server to create a powerful, dynamic Web site. This is not a PHP or mySQL reference book. Look elsewhere, if that's what you need. But if you want to create Web applications using PHP and my SQL, then this is a good start. It's easy to read and the examples are relevant.