Today’s Web users expect exciting pages
that are updated frequently and provide
a customized experience. For them, Web
sites are more like communities, to which
they’ll return time and again. At the same
time, Web-site administrators want sites
that are easier to update and maintain,
understanding that’s the only reasonable
way to keep up with visitors’ expectations.
For these reasons and more, PHP
and MySQL have become the de facto
standards for creating dynamic, databasedriven
This book represents the culmination of my
many years of Web development experience
coupled with the value of having
written several previous books on the technologies
discussed herein. The focus of
this book is on covering the most important
knowledge in the most efficient manner.
It will teach you how to begin developing
dynamic Web sites and give you plenty of
example code to get you started. All you
need to provide is an eagerness to learn.
Well, that and a computer.
It hasn't taken Web developers long to discover that when it comes to creating dynamic, database-driven Web sites, MySQL and PHP provide a winning open-source combination. Add this book to the mix, and there's no limit to the powerful, interactive Web sites that developers can create. With step-by-step instructions, complete scripts, and expert tips to guide readers, veteran author and database designer Larry Ullman gets right down to business: After grounding readers with separate discussions of first the scripting language (PHP) and then the database program (MySQL), he goes on to cover security, sessions and cookies, and using additional Web tools, with several sections devoted to creating sample applications. This guide is indispensable for beginning to intermediate level Web designers who want to replace their static sites with something dynamic. In this edition, the bulk of the new material covers the latest features and techniques with PHP and MySQL. Also new to this edition are chapters introducing jQuery and object-oriented programming techniques.