Distributed Systems Online by Maksim Kim (February 2002). ``Web Database
Applications with PHP & MySQL should benefit anyone interested in Web
database development ... this book should help readers become
proficient Web database developers in no time.''
LinuxFormat by Nick Veitch (October 2002). ``The book manages to deliver on two levels at once--the concepts, planning
and design process as well as implementation. It's also surprisingly well
written, and manages not to be too smug or patronizing.''
AVN Online by Anna Cahnda (October 2002). ``Programming veterans will
want more than this book offers (although they'll probably find themselves
thinking "Gee, I wish I'd had this when I began learning PHP"), but newbies
will find Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL to be an excellent
launch pad for their future endeavors. And veterans who are responsible for
teaching PHP to their subordinates couldn't wish for a better instructional
PHPClasses by Manuel Lemos, September 15, 2002 (September 2002).
``If you are looking for a book that provides a good introduction and
insight over the development of PHP and MySQL based applications, this may
be a very good and upto date book on this subject.''
European Unix Platform E-zine by
Aschwin Marsman (September 2002). ``The book is not for the experts in the
field of PHP and MySQL, but anyone with some programming background can be
productive quickly by reading this book. It is written in a tutorial like
style, and reads easily.''
CompuNotes by Paul Schneider (September 2002).
``The authors' approach to teaching these tools was admirable. E-commerce is one
of the most popular applications on the web and the development of such an
engine employees a great many skills in terms of programming and
database design. Important elements such as security, multiple users, managing
inventory users, and multiple pricing thankfully received ample book
by Shelley Doll (August 2002).
``If you need a quick start into the world of Web applications, Web
Database Applications with PHP & MySQL is worth every penny.''
Application Development Advisor by Simon Bisson (August 2002).
``O'Reilly books are often seen as the missing manuals and training courses
for the open source world, and this book is no exception to this rule.''
Information Security Bulletin (July 2002). ``As symbolized by the
duck-billed platypus on the cover it is a book that
will help you to survive in a rapidly changing world. Submerge yourself in
proven technology and emerge unscathed once the dots have fallen out by the
wayside. Recommended for its excellent examples which will save you
thousands in case you need to develop a similar application.''
Book News, Inc. Portland, OR (July 2002). ``Introduces techniques for building applications that integrate large
databases with web interfaces. Using a three-tier architecture, the book
focuses on the middle tier and the application logic that brings together
the fundamentally different client and database tiers. The authors explain
the principles behind searching, browsing, storing user data, validating
user input, managing user transactions, and security.''
by David Wall (July 2002). ``Web Database Applications with PHP & MySQL ... combines language tutorials with
application design advice to yield a comprehensive picture of its subjects
at a reasonable price. Williams and Lane--both Australian academics who use
an online wine store in many of their examples--deserve tremendous kudos for
their way of presenting recommended coding strategies.''
Wisconsin Bookwatch (June 2002). ``A first class reference and highly recommended instructional guide.''
by Phil Hughes (June 23 2002). ``A useful book that offers a lot of varied information in one place for
updating your skills.''
by Brian Donovan (June 13 2002). ``Rating: 9''. ``For seasoned developers, this could be
the book that you wish you'd had when you started out building web database
apps and data-driven sites.''
by Tim Anderson (June 2002). ``Web Database Applications is tightly-focused, packing in lots of solid technical
information without wasting words. It does not pretend to cover all the
potential uses of PHP, and the screen shots will not win prizes for design,
but it's a great handbook for building robust, secure database applications
with these popular technologies.''
lwn.net by Dave Whitinger
``As an intermediate to advanced PHP/MySQL developer, this
book introduced me to some new concepts that I had never considered before.
I see this book to be most valuable, however, to the developer who is just
beginning his path toward this excellent technology. A+.'').
by Thomas Vander Wal (May 10 2002). ``The book is one of my favorite
information application development books at the moment for a variety of
reasons: ease of coding principles, explaining application development,
explanation, then using what is learned and implementing it.''
staff writers (April 18 2002). Not a review, but a press release from our
publisher O'Reilly and Associates.
by Ivan Ristic (May, 2002). ``This is a book that you don't really want. It
shows some PHP and MySQL techniques all right, but it fails to demonstrate a
proper way to develop web database applications.''
Reader contributed reviews
Two reviews (average rating 4.5 stars). ``If you need the "how-to" to built an internet web shop, here it is.''
Twenty-seven reviews (average rating 4 and a bit stars).
``This book is truly amazing ... [it] is top on my charts.''
``You almost couldn't ask for a better step-by-step guide.''
``... a solid and accessible resource for web programmers who seek to create
powerful, practical, and useful web database applications.'' ``For anyone
first learning how to write database-backed Web applications, this is an
excellent introductory self-contained text.''
Two reader reviews (average rating 5 stars).
``Best Investment I've made! ... I've got more out of this one book than any
number of others combined - I'd highly recommend it.''
Twenty-seven reader reviews (average rating 4 and a bit stars).
``This is a superb resource for anyone who wants to understand the
development process for web database applications.'' ``I bought this book
for a university assignment (create online bookstore, with functionality like
Amazon). It helped me a lot.''
Seven reviews from ten contributors (average rating 4 furry animals).
``Thanks to the authors I am well on the way to creating a very successful ecommerce site.''
``I have to say that this is the best book on the subject that I have read