Learning PHP 5

PHP has gained a following among non-technical web designers who need to add interactive aspects to their sites. Offering a gentle learning curve, PHP is an accessible yet powerful language for creating dynamic web pages. As its popularity has grown, PHP’s basic feature set has become increasingly more sophisticated. Now PHP 5 boasts advanced features–such as new object-oriented capabilities and support for XML and Web Services–that will please even the most experienced web professionals while still remaining user-friendly enough for those with a lower tolerance for technical jargon.If you’ve wanted to try your hand at PHP but haven’t known where to start, then Learning PHP 5 is the book you need. If you’ve wanted to try your hand at PHP but haven’t known where to start, then Learning PHP 5 is the book you need. With attention to both PHP 4 and the new PHP version 5, it provides everything from a explanation of how PHP works with your web server and web browser to the ins and outs of working with databases and HTML forms. Written by the co-author of the popular PHP Cookbook, this book is for intelligent (but not necessarily highly-technical) readers. Learning PHP 5 guides you through every aspect of the language you’ll need to master for professional web programming results. This book provides a hands-on learning experience complete with exercises to make sure the lessons stick.Learning PHP 5 covers the following topics, and more:

  • How PHP works with your web browser and web server
  • PHP language basics, including data, variables, logic and looping
  • Working with arrays and functions
  • Making web forms
  • Working with databases like MySQL
  • Remembering users with sessions
  • Parsing and generating XML
  • Debugging

Written by David Sklar, coauthor of the PHP Cookbook and an instructor in PHP, this book offers the ideal classroom learning experience whether you’re in a classroom or on your own. From learning how to install PHP to designing database-backed web applications, Learning PHP 5 will guide you through every aspect of the language you’ll need to master to achieve professional web programming results.

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2 Comments

Rolf Ernst on 02/13/2018 at 5:56 AM.

Light, very light, very introductory I believe the book’s title ‘PHP 5’ is misleading – This is a very basic book about PHP and some things some people do with it. IMHO it is for the absolute novice, the beginning programmer. The book doesn’t even touch on PHP’s object oriented design or the new features introduced in v. 5. I was disappointed after reading ‘Beginning PHP4’ by Wrox which was lightyears better. This book lacks any kind of depth. I used it for light bedtime reading but it virtually answered non of the questions I…

R. J. Lennon on 02/13/2018 at 6:23 AM.

Learning PHP 5 is a mis-nomer. This mis-titled book is probably the worst book I’ve ever purchased from that most respected technical publisher, O’Reilly.I say the book is mis-titled since it weasel-words the title of “Learning PHP 5” (and all the new OOP re-write) into a few hundred pages devoted to the standard language constructs available in previous versions, and all but omits the real changes incorporated in the new version.In fact, of the 254 pages in the chaptered part of the book only two…