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January 8, 2009

Head First PHP & MySQL --New from O'Reilly: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Dynamic, Database-Driven Sites

Head First PHP & MySQL Sebastopol, CA—If you're ready to create web pages more complex than those you can build with HTML and CSS, Head First PHP & MySQL (O'Reilly Media, $44.99 USD) is the ultimate learning guide to building dynamic, database-driven websites using PHP and MySQL. Packed with real-world examples, this book teaches you all the essentials of server-side programming, from the fundamentals of PHP and MySQL coding to advanced topics such as form validation, session IDs, cookies, database queries and joins, file I/O operations, content management, and more.

Head First PHP & MySQL offers the same visually rich format that's turned every title in the Head First series into a bestseller, with plenty of exercises, quizzes, puzzles, and other interactive features to help you retain what you've learned, including how to:

  • Use PHP to transform static HTML pages into dynamic web sites
  • Create and populate your own MySQL database tables, and work with data stored in files
  • Perform sophisticated MySQL queries with joins, and refine your results with LIMIT and ORDER BY
  • Use cookies and sessions to track visitors' login information and personalize the site for users
  • Protect your data from SQL injection attacks
  • Use regular expressions to validate information on forms
  • Dynamically display text based on session info and create images on the fly
  • Pull syndicated data from other sites using PHP and XML

Throughout the book, you'll build sophisticated examples--including a mailing list, a job board, and an online dating site--to help you learn how to harness the power of PHP and MySQL in a variety of contexts. If you're ready to build a truly dynamic website, Head First PHP & MySQL is the ideal way to get going.

For a review copy or more information please email maryr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Lynn Beighley is the author of Head First SQL and a fiction writer stuck in a technical book writer's body.

Michael Morrison is a writer, developer, toy inventor, and author of a variety of books covering topics such as Java, Web scripting, game development, and mobile devices, as well as the instructor of several Web-based courses (www.digitalthink.com). Michael is also the founder of Stalefish Labs (www.stalefishlabs.com), an entertainment company specializing in games, toys, and interactive media.

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Head First PHP & MySQL
Lynn Beighley , Michael Morrison
ISBN: 9780596006303, 812 pages, Book Price: $44.99 USD, £34.50 GBP
PDF Price: $35.99 USD

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