Series: for the Absolute Beginner
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (September 9, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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This book is in fact an absolute beginner's guide to PHP/MySQL!This does NOT mean that my grandma would be able to learn how to make dynamic web sites by reading this book, despite the fact that she's never touched a computer in her life.The scope of this book does not encompass a beginner's guide on how to use a computer nor the basics of web development (such as HTML and CSS) - those things are EXPECTED of those who want to learn PHP.Without understanding HTML, the very basis of any web document, there is not much point in attempting to learn a web scripting language, such as PHP, which amongst other things deals with dynamically creating HTML by processing various user and browser inputs.The negative reviews are quite annoying, because the people are voting not on the quality of the material, but on it's subjective incomprehensibility, caused by their own lack of preparation for the consumption of the knowledge contained in this book. It's like you're disappointed that you weren't able to fly an F-15 fighter jet, when you've never operated an aircraft in your life!Try performing a modicum of research on various web technologies and how they interrelate before buying the first book you see.As the old adage says: "Learn to walk before you run".For those who have had some experience in static website creation, this is an excellent book, full of useful examples.If the code give you errors - check the version of PHP you have installed (type: "php --version" into your server's shell (without the quotations)).I tried most of the examples (used this book in a class) and they ran just fine under PHP 5.2And if you encounter some material that's challenging, well that's just a little side-effect of trying to learn something new. It's not always easy, nor should it be.Contact the author or ask your instructor for clarification (if you're using this at school) and they will surely abide.
I started with an old copy and when it didn't work, I contacted the author and he personally steered me to the updated edition. He left several worthwhile exercises [beginning stuff] out of the newer edition but it gives you a working start of php and mysql and how full blown application can be developed through function libraries. Very good and his applications really work.My only complaint was that he doesn't take you through the steps to create a modern day site with login and administration type functions as Larry Ullman's book do.
This book's title is a bit misleading. If you are not already very well versed in HTML or XHTML coding, you will need to wait before buying this book. The only "absolute Beginner" he is apparently referring to are beginners at Database, MySQL and PHP programming. You will not learn how to create, manage or troubleshoot a database system with this until you are already skilled at HTML coding. Once you are, then I "presume" this book may be a better value, as I had enjoyed the whole thing up to where the author states that I should be good at HTML already or take his "refresher" course.
I bought this book for one of my college classes. This book does not impress me especially with a name "for the absolute beginner" because I feel this book is not for the absolute beginner. If you do not have any kind of HTML or CSS programing then this will be a hard book for you to follow.
Purchased as a texbook for a course in elementary-level web development. I bought this book new, but the included CD (seal unbroken) was for a completely different book from the year 2007! Not a disaster, as the software is open source and can be downloaded from elsewhere, but this inconvenience, combined with the mediocre content and the status of PHP 6 between versions 5 and 7 make this book one of my more unfortunate purchases. As a general, elementary introduction to PHP, I suppose the modest price makes it a reasonable option, but there are surely many better books out there!
Years ago, I taught myself HTML3 from a book. CSS was just starting to get mentioned then, and I'd never heard of PHP.I recently decided to update my rudimentary knowledge of webpage building and purchased this book.As other reviewers have said, a working understanding of HTML is absolutely critical. My knowledge of CSS was spotty at best, but I went through a quick, free online tutorial, and that was enough to get me up to speed to understand the CSS code in the examples.This really has been a fantastic book for learning PHP. The author does a great job explaining what the sample code does.