Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL

by Hugh E. Williams and David Lane

O'Reilly, May, 2004.
Paperback, 796 pages.
ISBN: 0596005431

Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL by Hugh E. Williams and David Lane Allowing visitors to search information from an online database is a powerful option for businesses whether they are offering information or an online store catalog. The advantage to developers is instead of creating thousands of individual webpages they can dynamically display large amounts of data in the form of customized results to the web user. The combination of PHP and MySQL is a cheap, effective method for providing an online database. Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL helps developers learn to build web databases using these tools. Authors Hugh E. Williams and David Lane provide practical instruction about coding in PHP, and information about how to create scripts that send and retrieve information to and from MySQL servers, where the data is stored. Some of the many topics covered include authentication and security, session management, querying databases, error handling and creating PDF reports. Some useful JavaScript validation code is also provided. The authors incorporate an excellent case study involving the development of a wine store using PHP and MySQL into the text, offering developers the opportunity to see the techniques used in practice. The wine store case study contains scripts for a shopping cart, managing memberships and displaying wine product information. If you are a web developer with a web database to build, grab this information-packed book with the platypus on the cover and get your project off to a great start.

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This review was published in the July-August, 2004 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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