Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites (Animal Guide)

Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites (Animal Guide)

Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites (Animal Guide)

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If you know HTML, this guide will have you building interactive websites quickly. You’ll learn how to create responsive, data-driven websites with PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript, regardless of whether you already know how to program. Discover how the powerful combination of PHP and MySQL provides an easy way to build modern websites complete with dynamic data and user interaction. You’ll also learn how to add JavaScript to create rich Internet applications and websites.

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  1. 111 of 113 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wow – The Book to read to learn PHP, October 27, 2009
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    farout (Boston, MA) –

    This review is from: Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites (Animal Guide) (Paperback)
    Here is my background:
    Java, Cold Fusion, ASP.net, C#, Rails; sys admin for Windows and Unix boxes.

    Picked up several books to learn PHP – yuck!

    Picked up this book. Wow. In 2 days I was on my way!

    1. all the code examples actually work. Yes, it’s true. I know it’s shocking.
    2. the explanations are excellent. Wow can this person communicate. Again shocking.
    3. Tons of examples. Talking is great but I learn through code examples. There are plenty here. That is why in 2 days you will be like: Wow I can code in PHP.
    4. Here is the best part – Nixon helps you setup everything so it works. I mean in less than 30min I was running PHP via Apache on my Windows using Mysql. I have days with other books trying to make things work because the author did not care enough to actually help me do setup.

    Then pick up the PHP Web Dev Wellin/Thompson book and bang with Nixon’s – you are a PHP intermediate level programmer.

    Really – that easy.

    I wasted so many hours with other books – crap. Live and learn.

    Thank you Robin Nixon. This book is a godsend. With the hours I saved, I am partying – yee ha!

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  2. 32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, January 9, 2010
    By 
    Ryan Miller (Arizona, USA) –

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    This review is from: Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites (Animal Guide) (Paperback)
    It is rare that I am so inspired to write a review for something. This book made learning easy. I must say that without the experience of taking a Java programming class at my college (the only programming experience I have), I would have likely had to make use of additional sources to fully grasp the PHP – object oriented section of this book. But even so, I still highly recommend this book to anybody wanting to create a highly functional website.

    After spending about 2 weeks with it, I am already building dynamic websites that are impressing even myself. It is written very well and has great examples for practice coding. FIVE STARS without question!

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  3. 49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Need more like this…but more careful proofing next time!, December 23, 2009
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    Running Bill (Boston, MA United States) –

    This review is from: Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites (Animal Guide) (Paperback)
    I had to come back and re-review this book. I’m taking off two stars off my rating, one for the overload of typos I found as I got deeper into the book and for some of the examples NOT being “real world” enough. I know that sounds picky but many of the examples could have served better as real scripts but instead he made some questionable choices that will make you pretty much have to start from scratch to make your own. They just could’ve been more practical.

    On the positive side, I do agree with what’s already been said about the author communicating well. The reason I was really excited about this title and why I’m loving it so much as I go through it is that it focuses on combining all three and talks about real-world situations. You might read a PHP or javascript book that does the job teaching you those on their own but when it’s time to close the book and use them on a real website, you’d be lost or Googling a LOT of things. Most “cool” sites do a good job of making their scripting languages work well together, and this book will show you how to do that, and it serves as a good jump-off for more advanced scripting later. It’s like the author said “I know what you’re trying to accomplish, here’s how to do it.”

    Good job.

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