Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript

ISBN: 978-0-596-15713-5

The combination of PHP and MySQL is the most convenient approach to dynamic, database-driven web design, holding its own in the face of challenges from integrated frameworks—such as Ruby on Rails—that are harder to learn. Due to its open source roots (unlike the competing Microsoft .NET framework), it is free to implement and is therefore an extremely popular option for web development.
Any would-be developer on a Unix/Linux or even a Windows/Apache platform will need to master these technologies. At the same time, the JavaScript is important, as it provides the hidden communication with the web server to create seamless interfaces.

This book is for people who wish to learn how to create effective and dynamic websites. This may include webmasters or graphic designers who are already creating static web-sites but wish to take their skills to the next level as well as high school and college students, recent graduates, and self-taught individuals.
In fact, anyone ready to learn the fundamentals behind the Web 2.0 technology known as Ajax will obtain a thorough grounding in all three of the core technologies: PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript.

This book assumes that you have a basic understanding of HTML and can at least put together a simple, static website, but does not assume that you have any prior knowl-edge of PHP, MySQL, or JavaScript—although if you do, your progress through the book will be even quicker.