I’m happy to say that I should (hopefully) be finishing the first draft of the fourth edition of my “PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide” this week. Today I’ll finish one of the new chapters, introducing jQuery. The chapter’s a bit longer than I had originally hoped (30+ pages), but I think it works very well.
The chapter concludes with several pages on Ajax. That specific example is a login form, with a server-side PHP script validating the login data, and jQuery updating the page appropriately.
I think the chapter presents a good introduction to jQuery, within the context of the entire book. Thanks to the new “Review and Pursue” section, many ideas for where to learn more or to practice what you’ve just learned are suggested.
As I said, I should be submitting this chapter today. Over the week I’ll finish the last remaining chapter: another new one introducing Object-Oriented Programming in PHP. After that, there’s just the appendix and introduction, neither of which will take much time. So I’ll have the first draft of the book done by the end of the month, and I’ve already completed seven chapters of the rewrites. I think the new edition is turning out well, and I’ll be happy to have it complete and on its way to the printer in July!