The ideal point A: Head First PHP & MySQL
Before I got the book, I would have never thought that such a creature exists out there. I must say that it was quite a shock seeing a playful and attractive book packed with exercises, quizzes, puzzles, and other interactive features to help you retain all the PHP and MySQL you need to get going. Yeah, it was a huge surprise, but let me tell ya, it was all for the good, because I believe this is the book every beginner needs when starting out on the long path that is web development. (Amazon Link)
According to the authors and creators of this great masterpiece, all the photos and eye-engaging, mind-grasping content are built upon the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience.
So, who is this book for? Well, if you have done some HTML, some CSS maybe, but you want to get into the big league and harness the power of PHP and MySQL in a variety of contexts, than just hop on and get this book.
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, which helps in teaching 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.
The major difference between this book and others is quite obvious just by a glance. The book is so visually rich and so appealing.
(yes, they show up as with all the chocolate in the book…) and sessions to track visitor login information and personalize the site for users.
Although it is a beginner book, it does concentrate on security issues like protecting your data from SQL injection attacks. It also covers topics like how to use regular expressions to validate information on forms, and how to dynamically display text based on session info and create images on the fly. The book throws in some extra tidbits, so expect to find some nice information on pulling syndicated data from other sites using PHP and XML.
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.
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