"The book begins by explaining the essence of PHP to a reader
who may know little about it. The benefits of the open source
licensing and "free" nature of PHP are discussed, as are usability
issues such as its cross-platform nature and inbuilt database
"The book is pitched from beginner to advanced levels, but a
working knowledge of HTML is a necessary starting point as the
explanations of PHP script assume this. The chapter Adding PHP to
HTML explains the connection between HTML and the server-side PHP.
The book is full of examples written in PHP that go a long way to
illustrate the written explanations."
"Overall, PHP 4 Bible makes a good resource for someone
looking to take up PHP programming in an integrated Web/database
environment. It ties in well with the sample code provided and the
companion Web site. Unfortunately, there is not enough reference to
version 4 enhancements to give justice to the book's
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