Given that you’re reading this book, the chances are good that you’ve built a
web page in HTML. You’ve styled it by using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
jQuery, and constructed a whole lot of web pages. Maybe you’ve even moved your
your HTML with the latest standards.
But now you want more.
Perhaps you’ve become frustrated with your website’s inability to store user information
in anything beyond cookies. Maybe you want a full-blown online store, complete
with PayPal integration and details about what items are in stock. Or maybe you’ve
simply caught the programming bug and want to go beyond what HTML, CSS, and
If any of these are the case—and you may find that all of these are the case—learning
PHP and MySQL is a great way to take a giant programming step forward. Even
if you’ve never heard of PHP, you’ll find it’s the best way to go from building web
pages to creating full-fledged web applications that store all sorts of information in
databases. This book shows you how to do just that.
The important stuff you need to know:
Get up to speed quickly. Learn how to install PHP and MySQL, and get them running on both your computer and a remote server.
Gain new techniques. Take advantage of the all-new chapter on integrating PHP with HTML web pages.
Manage your content. Use the file system to access user data, including images and other binary files.
Make it dynamic. Create pages that change with each new viewing.
Build a good database. Use MySQL to store user information and other data.
Keep your site working. Master the tools for fixing things that go wrong.
Control operations. Create an administrative interface to oversee your site.