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Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS by Robin Nixon, O’Reilly Media October 2, 2012

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Although I was curious about this book, I had mixed expectations. I have no background in web development (beyond playing a little with Catalyst and Drupal) so getting my toes wet with popular web-related technologies can’t hurt. At the same time, I must confess I had serious doubts when I read the title out loud: “PHP”, “MySQL”, “JavaScript”, “CSS”. Learning four technologies as different as two programming languages (one server- and one client-side at that), a relational database and a style sheet language seemed like a little too much, even for a book of 556 pages.

Depending on your expectations, the book may be a hit or a miss. On one hand, if you unrealistically hoped to be a PHP, MySQL, JavaScript and CSS wizard after reading the book: no luck. You’ll need to buy several books about each subject and invest the necessary time to get to know the technologies. But, you probably know this already. If, on the other hand, you just want to scratch the surface but -this is the interesting part- you want to see how these disparate technologies interoperation, then it’s a pretty good read. In the limited space, the author manages to give attention to best practices (e.g. database normalization), something I didn’t expect. The including classical web application mini-project, that uses the 4 technologies, may be a good incentive to those that prefer a more hands-on approach.

Title: Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS, 2nd Edition
By:obin Nixon
Publisher:O’Reilly Media
Print:August 2012
Pages: 584
Print ISBN: 978-1-4493-1926-7
          ISBN 10:1-4493-1926-2

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