PHP and MySQL are quickly becoming the de facto standard for rapid development of dynamic, database driven web sites. If you're a hobbyist who's intimidated by harder to follow books, or someone who likes computer concepts explained in plain English, then Learning PHP and MySQL is for you. It's also ideal for programming newbies who come from a web design or graphics design background and whose first language is HTML.
The book starts with the very basics of the PHP language, including arrays and strings, pattern matching, and a detailed discussion of the variances in different PHP versions. It then moves on to explain how to work with MySQL, the popular open source database, with information on the SQL data access language, and database fundamentals like tables and statements. Once you've grasped both PHP and MySQL concepts, the book will show you how to put them together to generate dynamic content. In the process, you will also learn about error handling, security, HTTP authentication, and be able to examine many real world examples of PHP & MySQL applications.
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Date: 02 June, 2006
Author: Michele E. Davis, Jon A. Phillips