Lynn Beighley

Lynn Beighley

Geeky author of more than a dozen books. PragProg Editor. Fictionista in tech author's body. I will write about you.

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Berkeley Heights, New Jersey

Areas of Expertise:

  • tech writing
  • fiction writing
  • javascript
  • sql
  • php
  • mysql
  • drupal
  • wordpress
  • html
  • css
  • photoshop
  • dreamweaver
  • mac
  • iphone
  • ipad
  • editing
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • programming
  • training

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 (yeah, yeah), 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.

She's currently writing a YA novel to encourage kids to try programming. She's also a Development Editor for Pragmatic Programmers. Lynn loves traveling, cooking, and making up elaborate background stories about complete strangers. She's a little scared of clowns.

Head First PHP & MySQL Head First PHP & MySQL
by Lynn Beighley, Michael Morrison
December 2008
Print: $54.99
Ebook: $46.99

Head First SQL Head First SQL
by Lynn Beighley
August 2007
Print: $59.99
Ebook: $50.99

"Here's a book that lets you learn at your own pace, and makes a difficult subject comprehensible and fun."
--Michael Pastore, ePublishers Weekly

"I can say with confidence that this book is definitely the ultimate learning guide to building dynamic, database-driven websites using PHP and MySQL. One of the many nice features of this book is the face that it is just packed with real-world examples...So, to sum it up, we can honestly confirm to you that the format of the Head First books is unique, engaging and effective, and we wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone looking to get into web development."
--Naffy Wagshel, Drupal Meister

"The format of the Head First books is unique, engaging and effective...The interactive layout and thoughtful way illustrations are integrated to text in order to explain 'hard to get concepts' really works...Head First PHP and MySQL is a great beginners book, one that should be on the bookshelf of every up and coming PHP developer. "
--Bob Reselman,

"Now and then I discover a teacher or a leader who is truly inspired; a product that evokes creativity; or a book that conveys its subject with an approach that is thoroughly unique. Head First SQL is just that kind of book."
--Epublishers Weekly, Tools and Ideas for Surviving (and Thriving) in Technopoly

"For the students and enthusiasts of SQL and relational databases, this is an excellent documentation to tackle your fears in this topic without losing sleep or gaining gray hair."
--Ganadeva Bandyopadhyay,

"As with all Head First titles, Head First SQL sets out to engage all your senses during the learning process. Unusual diagrams, questions, exercises, and off-beat pictures are just some of the ways that the author works to grab your attention and force you down the path of learning (whether it feels like you're going down that path or not). The mixture of these techniques means that your mind doesn't really have a chance to drift off and start thinking about what you're going to have for dinner. It's this style that makes the Head First series the first one I'll recommend to people setting out to learn a new skill...There's a reason I rarely loan out my Head First titles... they often don't come back. This will be added to that lock-and-key section of my bookshelf that requires DNA samples before they leave the premises. :) "
--Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings

"Head First SQL is specifically aimed at people who currently know little or nothing about SQL (Structured Query Language), database theory and schema design. It makes no assumptions about the reader having any experience of databases under the hood; it is very much a beginner’s first book."
--Mitch Wheat, Treat the Cause, Not the Symptoms!

"Even many of the more advanced concepts are covered in a way that almost anyone should be able to easily follow so that if your database does ever grow to the point where you need to use the more advanced commands this same book will show you how. The book not only teaches you how to code SQL, it also teaches many of the concepts of proper database design."
--Stephen Chapman, Ask Felgall

"The entire tone of the book is unconventional, informal, surprising, and even fun. All SQL elements are presented creatively, with inviting page layouts...This nonthreatening approach is not only refreshing and different, but more likely to result in a higher degree of learning and retention."
--Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"This book, like the others in the series, is an impressive piece of work. SQL can be pretty dry, so spicing it up in using the Head First motif definitely pays off."
--Larry Hannay,