By Andrew Tetlaw

Ready for PHP & MySQL Week at SitePoint?

By Andrew Tetlaw

To celebrate the release of the new edition of well-loved SitePoint book Build Your Own Database Driven Web Site Using PHP & MySQL, 4th Edition — by Kevin Yank, we’re publishing a chapter a day next week, beginning Tuesday the 7th of July.

Today, we’ve published the beginning of the series: the Introduction and directly from the book, Chapter 1: Installation. Over the weekend you can read chapter 1 and make sure your newly installed software is working properly, in readiness for next week’s chapters. At the end of the week you’ll have 4 complete chapters from the book and one bonus article, comprising another book excerpt.

Here’s what you’ll be receiving:

Chapter 2: Introducing MySQL

An introduction to databases in general, and the MySQL relational database management system in particular. If you’ve never worked with a relational database before, you’ll find this enlightening, whetting your appetite for what’s to come! In the process, you’ll build up a simple database to be used in later chapters.

Chapter 3: Introducing PHP

Here’s where the fun really starts. In this chapter, Kevin will introduce you to the PHP scripting language, which you can use to build dynamic web pages that present up-to-the-moment information to your visitors.

Chapter 4: Publishing MySQL Data on the Web

In this chapter you’ll bring together PHP and MySQL to create some of your first database driven web pages. You’ll explore the basic techniques of using PHP to retrieve information from a database and display it on the Web in real time. Kevin will also show you how to use PHP to create web-based forms for adding new entries to, and modifying existing information in, a MySQL database on the fly.

Bonus: How to Handle File Uploads with PHP
In this bonus excerpt from Chapter 12, you’ll learn how to accept file uploads from your web site visitors securely and store them.

Build Your Own Database Driven Web Site Using PHP & MySQL, 4th Edition is one of the most popular PHP books for beginners, and SitePoint’s first ever book. This shiny new 4th edition has been completely updated using only best-practice PHP. It’s essential reading for all budding PHP & MySQL developers. For more information, see the book page.

If you prefer to read the Adobe Acrobat PDF version of these first four chapters, you can download the first four chapters FREE.

  • Dammit, i’m not ready! I forgot to bring spare underpants!

  • @Bling, where we’re going, we don’t need underpants.

  • Francois Brill

    I’ve already pre-ordered my Hardcopy in May, and can’t wait for when it arrives this comming week! You guys compile the BEST books!

  • Anonymous

    @Andrew Tetlaw, you better bring your towel then!

  • I just bought the book and awaiting delivery (Scotland) so I shall be reading with great anticipation!!


    looks great .. should try it I guess

  • Will

    You should do a write-up about connecting to your mysql through php from flash using amf :) or better yet, let me write a guest post…haha.

  • @Will, We’re always interested in article ideas. Click the “Write For Us” link below.

  • davidcroda

    Please please please have a day on PHP Frameworks! They deserve love!

    <3 sitepoint

  • Dan

    If only my skill level was as high as my enthusiasm, :-( I love coding so much does that make up for intelligence?

    Can’t wait to get into the book!

  • G

    Fantastic offer, sitepoint is the best site for a reason!

  • G

    whens the UK release date anyway ?!?

  • I remember buying the first edition of this years ago. I got me up and running! *let me dust it off*

  • Kofi

    well,I love php and its coding.How do I get access to this book in Ghana? And am particularly interested in Will,s “connecting to your mysql through php from flash using amf”. Will, will love you more if u could say more!

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