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Core Web Application Development with PHP and MySQL

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Core Web Application Development with PHP and MySQL is a new addition to the Prentice Hall Core Series of books. It aims to present a complete approach to the development of web applications using the very popular PHP scripting language and MySQL database engine. Full coverage of topics such as design, security, database optimization, and internationalisation are included, as well as three complete web application samples to run and experiment on. In this article, we interview the author of the book, Marc Wandschneider, who has been programming in various professional and open source degrees for well over a decade now.

LinuxPlanet: Why did you set out to write this book?

Marc Wandschneider: Over the years, I've put together a number of small web applications or web sites for various small businesses and charities. Despite being a very accomplished programmer with over a decade's worth of experience, I always found myself floundering and making a lot of mistakes as I adapted to a completely new way of writing "programs." At the same time, I was shocked at how unbelievably productive PHP was as a language. I was able to crank out large amounts of code in short order.

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