Programming - - By Andrew Tetlaw

Ready for PHP & MySQL Week at SitePoint?

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.