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PHP 5/MySQL Programming with CDROM (For the Absolute Beginner)by Andy Harris
Synopses & Reviews
Are you ready to begin programming with PHP and MySQL? Then get ready to jump right in. You'll get an introduction to programming with a specific focus on programming web servers with the PHP programming language. Much of the original content from the first edition (1931841322) is retained, but you'll also cover updates relating to the upcoming PHP 5.0 release. Following the same format as the popular first edition, this book provides easy-to-follow instruction. You will use the concepts presented in the book to create games using PHP and MySQL. As each concept is put to the test, you'll acquire programming skills that will easily transition to real-world projects. A true beginner's guide, this book enables you to acquire programming skills that you can use in the next language that you tackle.
Book News Annotation:
Assuming a familiarity with HTML and basic coding, this guide uses game code written in PHP to illustrate the programming principles of variables, conditions, functions, loops, arrays, string handling, and databases. The PHP 5 edition adds chapters on object-oriented programming and XML. The CD-ROM contains PHP, the Apache web server, MySQL, PHP-Nuke, and source code for the games.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
If you are new to programming with PHP 6 and MySQL and are looking for a solid introduction, this is the book for you. Developed by computer science instructors, books in the for the absolute beginner? series teach the principles of programming through simple game creation. You will acquire the skills that you need for more practical programming applications and will learn how these skills can be put to use in real-world scenarios. Everything you need to complete the tutorials is on the companion CD?there?s no software to buy and you can get started right away. By the time you finish thebook you will be able to apply the basic principles you?ve learned to the next programming language you tackle.
This book is an introduction to programming with a specific focus on programming web servers with the PHP programming language. Much of the original content from the first edition (1931841322) will be retained, while also including updates relating to the upcoming PHP 5.0 release. Following the same format as the popular first edition, this book provides easy-to-follow instruction. Readers will use the concepts presented in the book to create games using PHP and MySQL. As each concept is put to the test, readers will acquire programming skills that will easily transition to real-world projects. A true beginner's guide, this book enables readers to acquire programming skills that they will be able to use in the next language that they tackle.
About the Author
Andy Harris grew up in a time when nearly all programmers were self-taught. He taught himself to program because it was fun. He enjoyed the act of creating. He was amazed that logic was the most fascinating building toy of them all. Many years later, his attitude about programming is largely the same. Andy loves computing, but he loves teaching more. His first degree was in special education, and he taught young adults with severe cognitive and behavior disabilities for several years. During this time, he also served as a freelance programmer and taught computer science classes part-time. Andy has taught computer science full time at IUPUI for 12 years. He was originally hired to manage the non-major courses. He created many courses on numerous programming languages, and created a distributed education laboratory for creating streaming media course content. He now teach the entry-level freshman course for CS majors, and various other courses, especially in game programming and web development. Andy has taught courses in nearly every mainstream programming language and a few obscure ones. He is active in the technology community, with regular conference talks and consultation with libraries, museums, and the state of Indiana. He has been active in helping individuals with disabilities help to form their own web development companies.
Table of Contents
1. Exploring the PHP Environment 2. Using Variables and Input 3. Controlling your Code with Conditions and Functions 4. Loops and Arrays 5. Better Arrays and String Handling 6. Working with Files 7. Writing Programs with Objects 8. XML and Content Management Systems 9. Using MySQL to Create Databases 10. Connecting to Databases within PHP 11. Data Normalization 12. Building a Three-Tiered Data Application Appendix A: Reviewing HTML and Cascading Style Sheets Appendix B: Using SQLite as an Alternative Data Source Glossary
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