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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars Amazinly Good!, November 24, 2001
Reviewer: Matthew Gadd from UK
Foundation PHP for Flash is one of Friends of ED's finest releases yet! Steve Webster has done an incredible job on teaching how to use both Flash and PHP together efficiently. A great read for a Flash Developer :-)

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5 out of 5 stars 5 stars its too litle for this book, November 24, 2001
Reviewer: Tiago Janz from Lisboa, Portugal
When i bought this book I knew nothing about php or mySql, now I have a big project in hands almost completed with an interface that can monitor all parts of all my sites. The book its well written and quite easy to follow, if u want to understand how to have some real functionality to your site this is the book u MUST buy. Thanks Steve by the great job.

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4 out of 5 stars The glue between 2 worlds. But you need more., November 8, 2001
Reviewer: Todd Dominey (see more about me) from Atlanta, GA United States
The premise of "PHP for Flash" is very, very exciting -- creating dynamic front-ends for the server side applications PHP and MySQL that makes simple HTML look awfully dull. To empower Flash with these open source technologies is unlike anything you've tried before -- it's a jolt of energy that gives new life to how you look at Flash, and gives fresh new ideas for your work.

That said, "PHP for Flash" does an excellent job of gearing it's perspective toward Flash developers with little to no experience in PHP. You're expected to know a little ActionScript, and if you do, PHP is very easy to pick up. They're very, very close in style and function.

Each chapter contains a project that integrates a simple Flash movie with PHP, whether it's a mailing list, an email form, a forum, a message board, a login/password app, etc.

But let's be clear about this book's purpose >> This is NOT a book to pick up if you're looking for new creative ideas in Flash. It IS a great book if you already have ideas, and want to empower them with everything PHP has to offer.

It may sound odd, but "PHP for Flash" is not a recommended book if you want to learn PHP, or even Flash and/or ActionScript. Other books, like "PHP and MySQL Web Development" and Colin Moock's "ActionScript: The Definitive Guide" are much better suited for a more well-rounded study of the aforementioned.

"PHP for Flash" is quite valuable however, for it fills the void between the two -- the glue that marries PHP and ActionScript together. You may know ActionScript, or even PHP, but unless you know how to create a manager between the two that both Flash and PHP can understand, you're lost.

This book gives great information about how Flash passes variables to PHP, and vice-versa, that you can't find in any other book. That alone makes "PHP for Flash" essential to making PHP and Flash work together.

And one more thing >> I mentioned MySQL earlier. The first chapter in the book shows a pretty powerful example of Flash married with PHP/MySQL. But MySQL isn't picked up again until the last two chapters of the book. Everything inbetween is PHP and Flash only.

That's great for novices, for you can get your feet wet with PHP first, and then see later how the addition of MySQL can really take you projects higher.

If you want to make your Flash sites more intuitive, intelligent, and responsive to user input, by all means pick this up.

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5 out of 5 stars WOW BAM SHAM SUPERSTAH!!, October 23, 2001
Reviewer: A reader from Hawthorne, NV United States
I get the weird feeling that the Friends of ED do Ed an illigitimate service by giving unobjective and uncritical reviews. I could be wrong, that's why I stuck in 5 stars.

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5 out of 5 stars Essential, October 5, 2001
Reviewer: D. Mark Munro from Antigonish, NovaScotia Canada
Pretty flash movies are useless, but combine flash with php, swift generator, and MySql, and you have a tool set that allows you to produce online applications that rival stand alone apps. Building html forms for the back end interface is cumbersome and time comsuming. If you are serious about producing any type of application for delivery on the web, this book is for you.
Two thumbs up.

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5 out of 5 stars Great Book., The Best on Php, Flash and MySql apps, October 1, 2001
Reviewer: John B Lyons (see more about me) from Glattbrugg Switzerland
Great book for the Flasher who wants to add some cool dynamic server side processing to the game. With little previous programming experience, i was able to get the apps runnimg in a matter of minutes; something the working designer will appreciate. The code is well documented and easy to understand, Steve Webster does an amazing job of making this stuff make sense.

Buy two copies, one for you and one for your Mum!

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5 out of 5 stars BUY THIS Book is fantastic,support from the author is great!, September 30, 2001
Reviewer: John B Lyons (see more about me) from Zurich Switzerland
This book is the BEST resource on this subject to date, bar none that I have come across-and believe me when I tell you I have spent countless hours trying to teach myself PHP/Flash/MySql by reading books, searching tutorials on web sites, picking apart code and so on. The book contains valuable, working, practical examples that should find good use in any professional or budding professional's bag of tricks. Examples include a client updateable content management system, login/password, dynamic News, Refer-a-friend script, Flash message board with L/P, events calendar, how to set and retrieve cookies in Flash, mailing list and so much more.
The author, Steve Webster, does a great work of explaining how everything works, so that I was able to have most of the examples up and running within one hour of getting this book! He also responded to my emails promptly and answered all questions I had. Thank you Steve!
If you want to learn about Flash and the sever side of things--get this book. It will save you HOURS of frustration, and it will make you better looking too (just joking)! But seriously folks, this book is a gem. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

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