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Head First PHP & MySQL by Michael Morrison, Lynn Beighley

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Author(s) of Head First PHP & MySQL

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Lynn Beighley is a fiction writer stuck in a technical book writer’s body. Upon discovering that technical book writing actually paid real money, she learned to accept and enjoy it. After going back to school to get a Masters in Computer Science, she worked for the acronyms NRL and LANL. Then she discovered Flash, and wrote her first bestseller. A victim of bad timing, she moved to Silicon Valley just before the great crash. She spent several years working for Yahoo! and writing other books and training courses. Finally giving in to her creative writing bent, she moved to the New York area to get an MFA in Creative Writing. Her Head First-style thesis was delivered to a packed room of professors and fellow students. It was extremely well received, and she finished her degree, finished Head First SQL, and just finished Head First PHP & MySQL. Whew!

Lynn loves traveling, writing, and making up elaborate background stories about complete strangers. She’s a little scared of UFOs.

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Michael Morrison has been an enthusiastic contributor to the online world ever since he ran a BBS on his Commodore 64 way back when being a nerd was far less cool than it is these days. A few thousand baud later, he still marvels at how far we’ve come, and how fast. Michael doesn’t run a BBS anymore, but he’s still very much involved in the modern equivalents and the tools we use to build them. He spends most of his “official” time writing about web-related technologies, having authored or co-authored over fifty books ranging from mobile game programming to XML. He entered the Head First foray with Head First JavaScript, and hasn’t looked back.

Michael is also the founder of Stalefish Labs (www.stalefishlabs.com), an entertainment company specializing in games, toys, and interactive media. And he’s been known to actually spend time offline (gasp!) skateboarding, playing ice hockey, and hanging out next to his koi pond with his wife, Masheed. He even sleeps every once in a while.

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