Learning PHP

Recommended books and resources on the topics of PHP coding, website design, WordPress development and more.

If you’re interested in expanding your website development skills or need to start developing specialized functionality on your sites, the PHP programming language is an excellent place to start. The following books are excellent places to start learning.

Books on Learning PHP

PHP and MySQL Web Development (4th Edition)PHP and MySQL Web Development (4th Edition)PHP and MySQL Web Development, Fourth Edition
The definitive guide to building database-drive Web applications with PHP and MySQL

PHP and MySQL are popular open-source technologies that are ideal for quickly developing database-driven Web applications. PHP is a powerful scripting language designed to enable developers to create highly featured Web applications quickly, and MySQL is a fast, reliable database that integrates well with PHP and is suited for dynamic Internet-based applications.


PHP and MySQL Web Development shows how to use these tools together to produce effective, interactive Web applications. It clearly describes the basics of the PHP language, explains how to set up and work with a MySQL database, and then shows how to use PHP to interact with the database and the server.


This practical, hands-on book includes numerous examples that demonstrate common tasks such as authenticating users, constructing a shopping cart, generating PDF documents and images dynamically, sending and managing email, facilitating user discussions, connecting to Web services using XML, and developing Web 2.0 applications with Ajax-based interactivity.


The fourth edition of PHP and MySQL Web Development has been thoroughly updated, revised, and expanded to cover developments in PHP 5 through version 5.3, such as namespaces and closures, as well as features introduced in MySQL 5.1.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part I: Using PHP

1 PHP Crash Course
2 Storing and Retrieving Data
3 Using Arrays
4 String Manipulation and Regular Expressions
5 Reusing Code and Writing Functions
6 Object-Oriented PHP
7 Error and Exception Handling

Part II: Using MySQL
8 Designing Your Web Database
9 Creating Your Web Database
10 Working with Your MySQL Database
11 Accessing Your MySQL Database from the Web with PHP
12 Advanced MySQL Administration
13 Advanced MySQL Programming

Part III: E-Commerce and Security
14 Running an E-Commerce Site
15 E-commerce Security Issues
16 Web Application Security
17 Implementing Authentication with PHP and MySQL
18 Implementing Secure Transactions with PHP and MySQL

Part IV: Advanced PHP Techniques
19 Interacting with the File System and the Server
20 Using Network and Protocol Functions
21 Managing the Date and Time
22 Generating Images
23 Using Session Control in PHP
24 Other Useful Features

Part V: Building Practical PHP and MySQL Projects

25 Using PHP and MySQL for Large Projects
26 Debugging
27 Building User Authentication and Personalization
28 Building a Shopping Cart
29 Building a Web-Based Email Service
30 Building a Mailing List Manager
31 Building Web Forums
32 Generating Personalized PDF Documents
33 Connecting to Web Services with XML and SOAP
34 Building Web 2.0 Applications with Ajax

Part VI: Appendixes
Appendix A: Installing PHP and MySQL
Appendix B: Web Resources


PHP and MySQL Web Development (5th Edition) (Developer's Library)PHP and MySQL Web Development (5th Edition) (Developer's Library)

PHP and MySQL Web Development, Fifth Edition

The definitive guide to building database-driven Web applications with PHP and MySQL


PHP and MySQL are popular open-source technologies that are ideal for quickly developing database-driven Web applications. PHP is a powerful scripting language designed to enable developers to create highly featured Web applications quickly, and MySQL is a fast, reliable database that integrates well with PHP and is suited for dynamic Internet-based applications.


PHP and MySQL Web Development shows how to use these tools together to produce effective, interactive Web applications. It clearly describes the basics of the PHP language, explains how to set up and work with a MySQL database, and then shows how to use PHP to interact with the database and the server.


This practical, hands-on book consistently focuses on real-world applications, even in the introductory chapters. The authors cover important aspects of security and authentication as they relate to building a real-world website and show you how to implement these aspects in PHP and MySQL. They also introduce you to the integration of front-end and back-end technologies by using JavaScript in your application development.


The final part of this book describes how to approach real-world projects and takes the reader through the design, planning, and building of several projects, including:

  • User authentication and personalization
  • Web-based email
  • Social media integration
  • Shopping cart

The fifth edition of PHP and MySQL Web Development has been thoroughly updated, revised, and expanded to cover developments in PHP through versions 5.6 and 7, as well as features introduced in recent stable releases of MySQL.


Free Access to Web Edition


Purchase of this book in any format, electronic or print, includes free access to the corresponding Web Edition, which provides several special features:

  • The complete text of the book online
  • Exercises and interactive quizzes to test your understanding of the material
  • Bonus chapters not included in the print or e-book editions
  • Updates and corrections as they become available
The Web Edition can be viewed on all types of computers and mobile devices with any modern web browser that supports HTML5.


Contents at a Glance


Part I: Using PHP

1  PHP Crash Course

2  Storing and Retrieving Data

3  Using Arrays

4  String Manipulation and Regular Expressions

5  Reusing Code and Writing Functions

6  Object-Oriented PHP

7  Error and Exception Handling


Part II: Using MySQL

8  Designing Your Web Database

9  Creating Your Web Database

10 Working with Your MySQL Database

11 Accessing Your MySQL Database from the Web with PHP

12 Advanced MySQL Administration

13 Advanced MySQL Programming


Part III: Web Application Security

14 Web Application Security Risks

15 Building a Secure Web Application

16 Implementing Authentication Methods with PHP


Part IV: Advanced PHP Techniques

17 Interacting with the File System and the Server

18 Using Network and Protocol Functions

19 Managing the Date and Time

20 Internationalization and Localization

21 Generating Images

22 Using Session Control in PHP

23 Integrating JavaScript and PHP

24 Other Useful Features


Part V: Building Practical PHP and MySQL Projects

25 Using PHP and MySQL for Large Projects

26 Debugging and Logging

27 Building User Authentication and Personalization

28 (Web Edition) Building a Web-Based Email Client with Laravel Part I

29 (Web Edition) Building a Web-Based Email Client with Laravel Part II

30 (Web Edition) Social Media Integration Sharing and Authentication

31 (Web Edition) Building a Shopping Cart


Part VI: Appendix

A Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL



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