PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual

If you can build websites with CSS and JavaScript, this book takes you to the next level—creating dynamic, database-driven websites with PHP and MySQL. Learn how to build a database, manage your content, and interact with users through queries and web forms. With step-by-step tutorials, real-world examples, and jargon-free explanations, you’ll soon discover the power of server-side programming.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Get a running start. Write PHP scripts and create a web form right away.
  • Learn the language. Get up to speed on PHP and SQL syntax quickly.
  • Build a database. Use MySQL to store user information and other data.
  • Make it dynamic. Create pages that change with each new viewing.
  • Be ready for mistakes. Plan error messages to help direct users.
  • Manage your content. Use the file system to access user data, including images and other binary files.
  • Control operations. Create an administrative interface to oversee your site.

Table of Contents
Part I: PHP and MySQL Basics
Chapter 1. PHP: What, Why, and Where?
Chapter 2. PHP Syntax: Weird and Wonderful
Chapter 3. MySQL and SQL: Database and Language

Part II: Dynamic Web Pages
Chapter 4. Connecting PHP to MySQL
Chapter 5. Better Searching with Regular Expressions
Chapter 6. Generating Dynamic Web Pages

Part III: From Web Pages to Web Applications
Chapter 7. When Things Go Wrong (and They Will)
Chapter 8. Handling Images and Complexity
Chapter 9. Binary Objects and Image Loading
Chapter 10. Listing, Iterating, and Administrating

Part IV: Security and the Real World
Chapter 11. Authentication and Authorization
Chapter 12. Cookies, Sign-ins, and Ditching Crummy Pop-ups
Chapter 13. Authorization and Sessions

Book Details

  • Paperback: 498 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media / Pogue Press (November 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596515863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596515867
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