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.
Do you want to perfect your web developer skills? get this book.
You’ll be uploading and manipulating files and images, validating user input, and securing your applications.
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.
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
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
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.