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Linux Gazette: PHP Essentials (book review)

Nov 11, 2000, 21:13 (0 Talkback[s])
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"PHP Essentials is a book for the HTML writer who wants to get into web scripting. If you have experience in making simple web sites and want to do complex dynamic sites, then this is the book for you. The book was published in Spring 2000 by Prima Publishing, a company that publishes dozens of computer books, and was written by Julie Meloni, a technical director for a multimedia company located in Campbell, California."

"The information is very well presented; it is easy to read and is always supported with examples. Another plus is that it uses real life scenarios-- works you may need to accomplish in a real life situation where you need to create web sites. For example, most sites use databases to store user data, so the book thoroughly discusses database connections."

"The author also provides an in-depth coverage of most topics. For example, in the first chapter, she talks about the installation phase and describes how to install PHP on various platforms and with several web servers, including Apache and Internet Information Server. In the database section, the book spends some time describing database systems as well as basic queries."

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