Programming books reviews - Top 50 reader comments
THE sqlxml book
Best title available for learning SQL and PL/SQL
Concise, Clear and well organized
THE book to get started with PHP
A Very Good Beginning to Intermediate MS SQL Server Text
Simply a great book
Very good to get you started and teach you the basics
This book touched me.
A+ for Students
An elegant entry point into the SQL and Oracle Universe
Excellent guide to PHP/MySQL websites using Dreamweaver
A must have!
Not for the faint of heart, the book is ADVANCED!!
DeFacto standard for beginning SQL
Excellent book for MS SQL Server
excelent book for use mon to fri, administering and manager
It's a serious book for serious students...
A great book for PHP beginners.
Quickly Start Coding PHP
Simply my bible for PHP and MySQL!
Great text for sql queries
A rigorous book about SQL Server
Finally a good PL/SQL book
Excellent book for SQL Gurus
unique and well done
Get this book if you want to write fast, robust T-sql code
Great PHP Book.
New Sybase ASE books
A helpful toolkit
An Oldie but a Goodie to an Intermediate Level
Just Getting Started
Buy this book
DON'T BUILD A WEBSITE WITHOUT THIS BOOK !!!
Great bridge from theory to practical...
Packed with info you can't find elsewhere
This book is great
Good book for SQL Server 70-028 Exam
TAKES THE MYSTERY OUT OF ORACLE UTILITIES!
The book was very good and I learned exactly what I needed!
Best basic guide - not a technical guide for power users
Must-have reference tool.
I was not advanced now I am
Title: PHP and MySQL Web Development (3rd Edition)
Authors: Luke Welling, Laura Thomson
This book starts off in a detailed description of PHP coding and sends the reader into a project instantly. The first project is simple and useful, utilizing the basic PHP commands for storing and retrieving data. The source code in the book is awesome, it shows many examples of coding, most of which is used on many websites.
The few problems I have with the book are in the later chapters. I felt that while this book does teach the basics, when it jumps into the "advanced" section the authors really didnt explain the steps in enough detail for beginners.
The things I like about the book is that it covers Php sessions, working with the file system directly, Ftp uploads, user authorization, and it even shows you how to make your own email page using PHP.
MySql is lightly covered in the book; it does not go into "high" detail with MySql but it does cover the basic commands such as create database, use database, create table, insert commands, and some basic authentication processes.
In the appendix it also has Apache, MySql, Php tutorials to help you set up your own little webserver. Overall I would hand this book to anyone who wants to learn PHP & MySql the proper way.
Title: OCA/OCP: Introduction to Oracle9i SQL Study Guide
Authors: Chip Dawes, Biju Thomas, Chip Dawes, Biju Thomas
This is an excellent book which is well written with lots of good examples and tests. I passed the exam 48/57.
Make sure you check the ERRATA for the book and it does help to try some of the practise tests that are out there in market.
Title: SQL Unleashed, Second Edition (2nd Edition)
Authors: Sakhr Youness
I have been using SQL Unleashed for over a year, and it is the book I consult first when I have a SQL question. It has hundreds of examples, all of them extremely well explained.
Title: Oracle9i PL/SQL Programming
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Scott Urman
This is a pretty decent book with plenty of advanced topics. Other than the fact that not all the advanced topics were covered I'm pretty happy with this edition.
Title: Spring Into PHP 5
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Steven Holzner
An experienced programmer who does not know PHP 5 should be able to use this book to get up to speed within a few days. Holzner presents a concise and logical unfolding of PHP, and without taking 1000 pages to do so.
The first 4 chapters are about using the basic syntax. Much the same as several other languages like C or C++. The if-else and switch statements will look similar to what you're already used to, for example. There are the open and closing notations for a code block to get used to. But this is pretty simple.
The real point to the language is given in later chapters, on handling HTML in web pages and making forms and being able to validate these. Here, you really need prior acquaintance with web servers and HTML, to fully appreciate what Holzner explains about PHP.
He also gives more advanced usages. Where PHP can be written in an object oriented manner. A relatively recent thing in PHP. Also, he shows how to hook up PHP to a back end relational database. For the latter, he chooses MySQL. But Postgresql or any other RDB could probably also do just as well.