The combination of PHP and MySQL is the most convenient approach to dynamic,
database-driven web design, holding its own in the face of challenges from integrated
frameworks—such as Ruby on Rails—that are harder to learn. Due to its open source
roots (unlike the competing Microsoft .NET framework), it is free to implement and is
therefore an extremely popular option for web development.
Any would-be developer on a Unix/Linux or even a Windows/Apache platform will
in-browser dynamic functionality and, through Ajax, hidden communication
with the web server to create seamless interfaces. In conjunction with CSS, these technologies
integrate to provide a formidable array of powerful web-development tools.
Carefully paced for non-programmers, this second edition of the top-selling guide to web development now also provides an extensive introduction to CSS, and benefits from reader questions and suggestions about the first edition, making the new edition even easier to follow and more information-packed than ever.
Plus, to ensure your have understood all the main points, you'll practice what you've learned with review questions at the end of each chapter, and there's even a sample social networking platform built with the elements introduced in this book.
Understand PHP up to an intermediate level, including the basics of object-oriented programming
Master MySQL, from database structure to complex queries
Create web pages with PHP and MySQL by integrating forms and other HTML features
Pick up the basics of CSS (and CSS3) and learn how to use it to create compelling and dynamic web pages.
Make Ajax calls and turn your website into a highly interactive environment
Upload and manipulate files and images, validate user input, and secure your applications
Bring all these technologies together to create a social networking site