Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites

Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites

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By (author) Robin Nixon

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  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
  • Format: Paperback | 505 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 232mm x 28mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Sebastopol
  • ISBN 10: 0596157134
  • ISBN 13: 9780596157135
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 44,831

Product description

Learn how to create responsive, data-driven websites with PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript - whether or not you know how to program. This simple, streamlined guide explains how the powerful combination of PHP and MySQL provides a painless way to build modern websites with dynamic data and user interaction. You'll then learn how to add JavaScript to create rich Internet websites and applications. This book explains each technology separately, shows you how to combine them, and introduces valuable concepts in modern web programming, including objects, XHTML, and session management. "Learning PHP, MySQL, & JavaScript" will help you: understand the essentials of PHP and the basics of object-oriented programming; master MySQL, from database structure to complex queries; create interactive web pages with PHP and MySQL by integrating forms and other HTML features; learn JavaScript from functions and event handling to accessing the Document Object Model; use libraries and packages such as the Smarty web template system, The PEAR program repository, and the Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI); make Ajax calls and turn your website into a highly dynamic environment; and, upload and manipulate files and images, validate user input, and secure your applications against being hacked. Programming tips and exercises in each chapter will help you practice what you've learned. If you have a graphics or web design background and know your way around HTML, this book will have you building interactive websites quickly.

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Robin Nixon has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s (his first computer was a Tandy TRS 80 Model 1 with a massive 4KB of RAM!). During this time he has written in excess of 500 articles for many of the UK's top computer magazines. Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaScript is his third book. Robin started his computing career in the Cheshire homes for disabled people, where he was responsible for setting up computer rooms in a number of residential homes, and for evaluating and tailoring hardware and software so that disabled people could use the new technology--sometimes by means of only a single switch operated by mouth or finger. After writing articles for computer magazines about his work with disabled people, he eventually worked full time for one of the country's main IT magazine publishers, where he held several roles including editorial, promotions, and cover disc editing. With the dawn of the Internet in the 1990s, Robin branched out into developing websites. One of these presented the world's first radio station licensed by the music copyright holders, and was featured in several news reports on TV and radio networks in the United Kingdom. In order to enable people to continue to surf while listening, Robin also developed the first known pop-up windows. Robin lives on the southeast coast of England with his wife Julie, a trained nurse, and five children, where he also finds time to foster three disabled children, as well as working full time from home as a technical author.