The 5 best PHP and MySQL books

Whether you know something about programming or not, you’ve probably heard about PHP and MySQL before.  PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor and it is an open source general-purpose scripting language. It is especially suited for web development, and it is easily embedded into HTML.

MySQL is a relational database management system (RDBMS) powered by Oracle cloud. The name comes from My (name of the founder’s daughter) and SQL, which stands for Structured Query Language.

MySQL can power projects of all sizes, and most importantly, when combined with PHP we obtain almost any kind of website. This combination allows for much more complex sites than those you can build with HTML and CSS.

Therefore, especially when talking about web developers, PHP and MySQL are a must. You have to know how to program them and how to connect them, and these are the books that’ll get you to do that.

Head First PHP & MySQL – by Lynn Beighley & Michael Morrison

  • In this book, we get exercises, quizzes, puzzles, and other interactive features, which are great for you to retain everything you learn.
  • Lynn Beighley & Michael Morrison bring this book to give you all the tools to transform static HTML pages into dynamic websites.
  • First of all, this book is quite easy to understand.

The book will give you step by steps on how to build a much more sophisticated website while covering database fundamentals. It will, later on, ask you to use what you’ve learned to solve a problem that you’ll probably encounter as a developer later on.

This book is for beginners in PHP and MySQL, anyhow, you can really take much better advantage of it when you already know HTML and CSS, probably a little Javascript would help too.

Do you want to perfect your web developer skills? get this book.

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

  • If you know HTML and want to create much more dynamic websites, this book will have you doing it in no time.
  • Robin Nixon writes “Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites” explaining each technology separately and then it shows you how they complement each other and in which ways you can combine them.

Robin Nixon attempts to teach you how powerful PHP and MySQL can be together, how they complement each other into building modern web sites that have dynamic data and user interaction. By adding Javascript, you get richer Internet applications and websites.

You’ll be uploading and manipulating files and images, validating user input, and securing your applications.

The real extra this book provides is Javascript and how it complements the great thing you can build with PHP and MySQL and make it even better.

PHP & MySQL Web Development – by Luke Welling & Laura Thompson

  • Welling and Thompson come together to write a book with material and code on MySQL 5, PHP 5 and on PHPs object model and validation.
  • “PHP & MySQL Web Development” will help you develop websites by integrating with both PHP and MySQL and implementing them both.
  • This way helping you produce effective, interactive websites.

The book covers the basics of the PHP language. You’ll learn how to set it up and work it with a MySQL database. Then it explains how to use PHP to interact with the server.

It’s practical and hands-on. It will constantly have you focusing on real-world problems and how to apply what you’re learning into them, it even does so with the simplest chapters.

Another thing that the authors cover is the importance of security and authentication, and how these are crucial when building web pages in the real world. It also introduces the reader into the integration of front-end and back-end technologies, like the using of Javascript.

This book is for whoever already knows some web site programming and wants to take the next step and apply it properly.

PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual – by Brett McLaughlin

  • “PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual” by Brett McLaughlin is definitely not the most famous book about PHP and MySQL.
  • Anyway, that certainly doesn’t mean it is not worth taking a look.

This book takes you to the next level when talking about web programming. Not only is it an improvement from CSS and Javascript, but it will teach you new techniques in PHP and MySQL that’ll get your websites to be much more dynamic, and user-friendly.

You’ll get the basics. How to install PHP and MySQL and get them running, how to manage the content, make it dynamic. Most importantly, it focuses on how to keep the site running, fix the bugs, and to create an administrative interface to oversee and edit your site.

The book uses a basic web app as an example project through the topics of the book. As you keep reading, each section will begin to build over the previous ones.

The book, apart from showing you what you have to do, will show you the errors for you to find the right way of doing it.

If you’re someone who needs to test things and see how not to do them instead to really get the knowledge in, this is definitely the book for you.

Learn PHP & MySQL – Zero to Hero Programming Crash Course – by Paul Madoff

  • Crash courses are always a lifesaver.
  • Whether we’re talking about John Green’s or a short book that’ll get us everything we need, we all need crash courses once in a while.

Paul Madoff offers us proven steps and strategies to use PHP and MySQL. You will learn the basics of using PHP and MySQL in tandem by using lots of examples.

With this book, you’ll learn how to make internet-based contact management programs, how to update records, and even send emails. Also, you will learn the common mistakes developers make so you can avoid them once you start writing your own scripts.

It’ll have you ready to do your own things and escalate the use of PHP and MySQL.

Even greater news, it is on Kindle and it is really cheap. So, if you’re broke and lacking time, this is the book to get.

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