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PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide, Fifth Edition by Larry Ullman

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1. Introduction to PHP

Although this book focuses on using MySQL and PHP together, you’ll do the majority of your legwork using PHP alone. In this and the following chapter, you’ll learn PHP’s basics, from syntax to variables, operators, and language constructs (conditionals, loops, and whatnot). As you are picking up these fundamentals, you’ll also develop usable code that you’ll integrate into larger applications later in the book.

This introductory chapter will cruise through most of the basics ...

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