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PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition by Brett McLaughlin

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The Missing Credits

About the Author

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Brett McLaughlin is a senior-level technologist and strategist, active especially in web programming and data-driven, customer-facing systems. Rarely focused on only one component of a system, he architects, designs, manages, and implements large-scale applications from start to finish with mission-critical implementations and deadlines.

Of course, that’s all fancy-talk for saying that Brett’s a geek, spending most of his day in front of a computer with his hands flying across a keyboard. Currently, he spends most of his time working on NASA projects, which sounds much cooler than it actually is. But hey, maybe that satellite overhead really is controlled by PHP and MySQL…

About the Creative Team

Nan Barber (editor) has been working on the Missing Manual series since its inception. She lives in Boston with her husband and various electronic devices. Email: .

Holly Bauer (production editor) lives in Ye Olde Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is an avid home cook, prolific DIYer, and mid-century modern furniture design enthusiast. Email: .

Bob Russell (copyeditor) is a documentation specialist and President of Octal Publishing, Inc., in Salem, New Hampshire (www.octalpub.com). Email: .

Bob Pfahler (indexer) is a freelance indexer. For the past five years, he has indexed many computer books as well as biographies, history, and business books. When he is not working, he likes to take bike rides in the foothills outside of Denver. He indexed this book as an associate for Potomac Indexing (www.potomacindexing.com).

Roger House (technical reviewer) is a freelance software developer living in northern California. He has written code in many languages for various kinds of applications. He enjoys algorithm design, use of data structures, and applications of mathematics. Web: www.rogerfhouse.com. Email: .

Steve Suehring (technical reviewer) is a technical architect with an extensive background finding simple solutions to complex problems. Steve plays several musical instruments (not at the same time) and can be reached through his website www.braingia.org.

Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments are nearly impossible to do well. Before you can thank anyone of substance, the music swells and they’re shuffling you off stage. Seriously, apart from the writing, there’s my wife, Leigh, and my kids, Dean, Robbie, and Addie. Any energy or joy or relaxation that happens during the long writing process filters through those four, and there are never enough royalties to cover the time lost with them. I suppose it’s a reflection of their love and support for me that they’re OK with me writing anyway.

There’s certainly the writing. Brian Sawyer was the first guy to call me when I became available to write, and he called when I was really in need of just what he gave me: excitement about me writing and encouragement that I could write for the Missing Manual series. I won’t forget that call anytime soon. And, there’s Nan Barber, who IM’ed and emailed me throughout the entire process. She showed a really unhealthy level of trust that wasn’t earned, and I’m quite thankful…especially in the dark days of early August, when I had hundreds of pages left to write, in just a few short weeks.

Roger House and Steve Suehring, my technical reviewers, were both picky and gentle. That’s about all you can ask. And Steve filled out my PHP holes. He caught one particularly nasty issue that I think vastly improved the book. You don’t realize this, but you owe him a real debt of thanks if this book helps you.

—Brett McLaughlin

The Missing Manual Series

Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index and cross-references to specific pages (not just chapters).

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