In this chapter, you learned some new PHP functions that allow
you to interface with a MySQL database server. Using these
functions, you built your first database-driven Web site which
Jokes database online, and allowed
visitors to add jokes of their own to it.
The next 9 chapters and the complete code archive for all examples demonstrated are available in my book Build your own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL.
The book explores several applications of your database in more depth. In Chapter 5, we'll go back to the MySQL command line. We'll learn how to use relational database principles and advanced SQL queries to represent more complex types of information, and give our visitors credit for the jokes they add.
Later chapters go on to build a complete content management system based on the humble beginnings we've just discussed. You'll learn how to build an ecommerce shopping cart, build a Web-based file repository, utilize sessions and cookies to track visitors, maintain database security and plenty more! And as I mentioned above, to make the job of applying the applications to your Website extra-easy, I've also included a complete, downloadable code archive, which contains all the sample PHP & MySQL code that you'll use with the book.
If you're serious about taking PHP & MySQL to the next level, I'd encourage you to grab yourself a copy of Build your own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL.
It's reasonably priced at only $34.95 (plus $6.95 shipping to anywhere in the World) and if you're not 100% satisfied with your purchase, simply return it to SitePoint, who will be more than happy to refund the purchase price of the book.
The book contains not only the four chapters you just read, but also eight more chapters that cover advanced database concepts, the design of a complete content management system, MySQL server administration, and much, much more! The book also includes a complete set of appendices to make it the ideal desk reference for PHP and MySQL Web development. For more information, see the book page.