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Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaScript
With jQuery, CSS & HTML5 (Learning PHP, MYSQL, Javascript, CSS & HTML5)
Robin Nixon - 2009-07-21
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Learn how to build interactive and data-driven websites using open source technologies and web standards in this comprehensive guide. Explore the latest versions of PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, and key jQuery libraries to create dynamic web pages that are optimized for mobile devices. With step-by-step tutorials, you'll acquire valuable web programming practices for enhancing user experience, managing security, and more. By the end of the book, you'll have the skills to build a fully functional social networking site for both desktop and mobile browsers.
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The Joy of PHP
A Beginner's Guide to Programming Interactive Web Applications with PHP and mySQL
Alan Forbes - 2013-01-15 (first published in 2012)
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This book is a fun and engaging introduction to learning PHP, perfect for beginners who want to design their own website or application. The author uses a step-by-step approach, starting with basic HTML and progressing to more advanced topics such as using PHP with mySQL. You'll follow along with exercises that build a web site for a car dealership, giving you a real-world context for what you're learning. The author's easy and fun style of writing makes learning PHP a breeze. This book is not a comprehensive reference, but it will give you the skills you need to read, write, and modify PHP scripts, making your website come alive. Bonus code is provided for easy download, and a video tutorial is included. Topics covered include installing and configuring PHP, HTML, variables, control structures, working with images, security considerations, and more!
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Head First Php & Mysql
A Brain-Friendly Guide
Lynn Beighley - 2009-01-01 (first published in 2008)
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Learn how to build dynamic, database-driven websites using PHP and MySQL with Head First PHP & MySQL. This book covers all the essentials of server-side programming, from the basics to more advanced topics such as content management and form validation. With real-world examples and updated code for the latest versions of PHP and MySQL, Head First PHP & MySQL is the perfect resource for creating a truly dynamic website.
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PHP and MySQL Web Development
Laura Thomson Luke Welling - 2004-10-01 (first published in 2003)
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This comprehensive book on PHP and MySQL web development has been a favorite among developers for years. The fifth edition includes up-to-date information on PHP 7 and MySQL 5.7, as well as new chapters on cloud development, mobile web app projects, and web security. Discover best practices for combining these two open source tools, and learn advanced techniques such as object-oriented PHP and using session control in PHP. With practical examples and clear, down-to-earth explanations, this book is essential for anyone pursuing web database development.
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PHP Cookbook
Solutions & Examples for PHP Programmers
David Sklar - 2006-09-01 (first published in 2002)
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"Discover practical solutions for common problems faced by PHP programmers in the updated PHP Cookbook. Packed with code recipes catering to both beginners and professionals, this 3rd edition covers a wide range of topics from basic queries to advanced web programming techniques. With new sections dedicated to updated web services, data formats, and third-party APIs, this revised edition is a must-have for those seeking to generate dynamic web content using PHP 5.4."
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Programming PHP
Creating Dynamic Web Pages
Kevin Tatroe - 2006-05-05 (first published in 2000)
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This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to create effective web applications with the latest features in PHP 5.x. From language fundamentals to advanced topics, the authors use examples to illustrate correct usage and common idioms. With practical programming advice and style tips, you'll become a top-notch PHP programmer. Learn about data types, web application techniques, and how to interact with databases. Plus, get a quick reference to PHP core functions and standard extensions.
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PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites
Visual QuickPro Guide
Larry Ullman - 2005-06-21 (first published in 2003)
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This book provides an easy-to-follow visual approach to learn PHP and MySQL programming for dynamic web development. Through real-world examples and concise steps, you'll quickly master advanced techniques. It's an essential reference guide for both beginners and experienced veterans, covering the latest changes and much more. Get up and running in no time with this quick and easy guide.
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Novice to Ninja
Kevin Yank - 2012-05-15 (first published in 2005)
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Learn how to code server-side web applications with PHP & MySQL, the popular open-source scripting language used on millions of websites worldwide. This beginner-friendly tutorial offers step-by-step guidance on installing and setting up the software on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, gaining a thorough understanding of PHP syntax and object oriented programming principles, designing databases and writing SQL queries, creating content management systems and e-commerce shopping carts, and building robust websites that can handle high levels of traffic. Updated for the latest versions of PHP, MySQL, phpMyAdmin, XAMPP and MAMP, this edition recommends all-in-one installation packages and uses PHP Data Objects (PDO) API and prepared statements instead of raw SQL queries. Ideal for those with some HTML and CSS familiarity.
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Modern PHP
New Features and Good Practices
Josh Lockhart - 2015-03-01
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Learn how PHP has evolved into a robust, modern language with this practical guide by Josh Lockhart. Discover new features, such as namespaces and traits, and best practices for application architecture, security, testing, and deployment. Whether you're a newcomer or an experienced PHP developer, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to boost their skills and build better applications.
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PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming
Visual QuickPro Guide (3rd Edition) (Visual QuickPro Guides)
Larry Ullman - 2012-09-13
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This PHP guide by a bestselling author and programmer provides a comprehensive overview of advanced PHP coding techniques, including object-oriented programming, debugging, testing, and performance. With real-world examples and step-by-step instructions spread over 14 chapters, this newly updated edition is a must-have for anyone seeking to take their web application development skills to the next level. The book even includes access to a companion website with free downloads, a user forum, and updates from the author.
Laravel by Matt Stauffer
PHP Objects, Patterns, and Practice by Matt Zandstra
PHP by LCF Publishing, Jamie Chan
PHP & MySQL by Jon Duckett
Mastering PHP 7 by Branko Ajzele
Apache MySQL PHP Web Dvlpmnt AIO Dsk FD by Jeff Cogswell
PHP for the Web by Pearson India
PHP by S. Holzner
PHP by Vikram Vaswani
PHP in Action by Dagfinn Reiersol
Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache All in One by Julie C. Meloni
PHP & MySQL by Brett McLaughlin
PHP & MySQL in easy steps by Mike McGrath
Professional CodeIgniter by Thomas Myer