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Getting Started with PHP & MySQL: the missing manual

I just posted my second error report about the problem I encountered attempting to run the second example in the book PHP & MySQL: the missing manual.

In retrospect, I think I look like a bit of a dummy because I didn't catch one detail and also because I didn't read through all the unconfirmed errata before proceeding.

On the other hand, I think Chapter One should be clearer about the point that, in order to run PHP, you do need a web server and if you don't you need to install Apache (or something) on the local machine.
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  • Hi Charlie,
    I wouldn't beat myself up over it too much. It looks like there is a lot of unconfirmed errata to comb through. It looks like the editors / authors are fairly on top of addressing the errata so far, and I'm sure that they appreciate your comments on the book. Thanks for submitting those and letting us know.

    Cheers
    Tai H.
    Customer Service Rep,
    O'Reilly Media
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  • This is not really errata but it is an issue. I downloaded the latest version of the missing cd for this book on February 13; I wanted to be sure I have the latest. After extracting some files from the zip on a Windows 7 Professional system, I was surprised to have Windows advise me to back up my encryption key. By reading Windows help, I learned that Windows Explorer will display encrypted file names in green, and, sure enough the files I extracted had the names in green. I unencrypted them and backed up the key to be safe. Then I found this is repeatable. I extracted all the files, decrypted them and backed up the key again. Then I did some research. I find a few other people in the world reporting this sort of thing. I find one report saying this happens when the zip has been created on a Macintosh computer as this one has been. I think I also read that it only happens on a higher level Windows version such as my Professional.

    (See http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopi...)

    Kind of wild!
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  • More trouble:

    I'm having too much trouble getting started here!
    As I noted in the previous post, I downloaded the latest missing cd from the location named in the book.
    Then I see there is new url listed in the confirmed errata, so I downloaded that one two.
    Of course I went through the business of the encrypted extract twice.

    Meanwhile my new problem is that I have to correct some of the paths in the css file to get things to work right.

    Give me a break guys, I am becoming sorry, I bought this book!
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  • Hi Charlie,
    I'm sorry you're having so much trouble with the book. At this point it's best to send in a detailed description of the problems to our booktech staff, so that they can either take a look at it or escalate it to the author / editors to review.

    You can contact them directly at:
    booktech@oreilly.com.

    Be sure to give specific details and include any pertinent screenshots so they can help you in the best way.

    Cheers,
    Tai H.
    Customer Service Rep,
    O'Reilly Media
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