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Hey larry,

I am great admirer of your book. i had purchased and read all your books related to PHP and MySQL and i learned a lot so that i was able to devlop laboratory information system for my clinical laboratory on my own. However i have one suggestion for 'PHP and MySQL book'. Please include one dedicated chapter for backing up and restoring mysql database by PHP. currently i am using phpmyadmin for that but i very much like to create interface in my own PHP project for backup and restoring database. desparetly waiting for such chapter written in your unique style.


Thank you

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Thanks so much for the nice words. I really appreciate it. And it's great to hear you've been able to make great use of the information already! 

Thanks, too, for the suggestion. I thiiiiink I actually wrote such an example in one of my books, but I forget which now. Personally, though, I prefer to backup databases using the command-line tools, although that does require better access and knowledge. 

In any case, thank you again for the nice words and suggestion. Cheers!

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  • 2 weeks later...

Thanks larry for response, i had gone through PHP for web, Effortless E commerce, PHP and MySQL for dynamic websites. all three books but didn't find chapter on using PHP for Mysql backup and restoring.

I want to write the PHP code that can take a backup of two particular tables of database and then truncate those tables while preserving the data of last 1 month. i intend to save those backup files on portable drive as in my country we have to preserve clinical data for quite long time. while truncating table i want to preserve last 1 month's data as if some patient had lost their blood report then we can provide them without requiring backed up files.

I think many budding PHP developers might be going though the same problem as these functionalities are very common. and if you write one dedicated book/ chapter on such aspect i am very much interested to buy one.

I want to share something important with you. I am working in government run hospital which provide services at very nominal charges (e.g. 0.07 USD for blood glucose) and by developing PHP-MySQL based laboratory information system, i was able to save lots and lots of papers almost 500 pages per day. I am glad to inform you that without your books this would not be possible.


Thanks and with regards

Dr. Kalpesh (MD, Biochemistry)

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