The approach of the book is to learn by doing, and all of the applications are available as free downloads from the Quick Start Workbook website. The book concludes by working through how to perform MySQL database administration from the Windows Command Prompt.
The book is aimed at web developers who have had some basic experience of developing simple websites using HTML and CSS, but want to take their development skills to the next level by incorporating PHP code and the use of MySQL databases into their websites. No prior knowledge of PHP and MySQL is assumed.
At-a-Glance Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 – Getting Started with PHP
Chapter 2 – Setting Up a PHP and MySQL Development Environment
Chapter 3 - Setting Up PHP and MySQL Websites and Applications on a Web Server
Chapter 4 – Developing a Compound Interest Calculator
Chapter 5 – Developing a Loan Calculator
Chapter 6 – Adding a Hit Counter to a Web Page
Chapter 7 – Creating an Online Poll (or Survey)
Chapter 8 – Creating a Simple Email Form Handler / Feedback Form
Chapter 9 – Creating a Members-Only Website
Chapter 10 – Troubleshooting Tips
Appendix – Working with MySQL at the Command Line
PHP is the most popular server-side scripting language in the world and, together with MySQL, forms the backbone of millions of dynamic database-driven websites. As a web professional, it is pretty much essential to have at least a good working knowledge of PHP and MySQL web development. At the end of working through this book you will be able to confidently create powerful websites and applications.