We assume that anyone reading this book has some experience with Web site development concepts
and a basic working knowledge of HTML. Knowledge of other programming languages
besides PHP is not a prerequisite for this book, but certainly any programming experience you
have will help you understand and apply the concepts.
This book is geared toward the “newbie” to these three areas, and we’ve brought many of the concepts
and code snippets to the most basic level. As your experience and comfort level grow with
your knowledge and practical applications, you will find more complex and perhaps more efficient
ways of doing things. When that happens, you will know that you have come over to the
dark side and joined us as PHP, Apache, and MySQL enthusiasts.