@molona ;Thanks for the info but, re mysqli, 100% not the case. For my amusement I just did a search on the PDF and the ONLY place I can find it on a search, is in the installation appendix.
But @HAWK ; I fear my fundamental point is missed.With electronic publishing surely the book becomes an editable (or annotate-able) item. So things that become obsolete (eg the magic quotes thing) can be gently highlighted in the current edition and then those edits can be revised into the new edition every two years or so.
My background is in publishing and my degree is in computer science and sociology from 1979. The world I was predicting is finally coming about but there are still sticking points and this seem to be one for me.
And OMG I wish there was a forum for the book - roll on the tags. Have been stuck trying to do an SQL UPDATE for about five (5) hours and I still cannot get it to work. I will build this **** thing if it kills me!