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Beginning PHP 5.3 [Paperback]

by Matt Doyle
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October 26, 2009 0470413964 978-0470413968 1
This book is intended for anyone starting out with PHP programming. If you’ve previously worked in another programming language such as Java, C#, or Perl, you’ll probably pick up the concepts in the earlier chapters quickly; however, the book assumes no prior experience of programming or of building Web applications.

That said, because PHP is primarily a Web technology, it will help if you have at least some knowledge of other Web technologies, particularly HTML and CSS.

Many Web applications make use of a database to store data, and this book contains three chapters on working with MySQL databases. Once again, if you’re already familiar with databases in general — and MySQL in particular — you’ll be able to fly through these chapters. However, even if you’ve never touched a database before in your life, you should still be able to pick up a working knowledge by reading through these chapters.

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A solid introduction to writing powerful web applications using PHP 5.3

As one of the most popular open-source web-programming languages in use today, PHP is an ideal server-side scripting language that connects HTML-based web pages to a backend database for dynamic content. It allows you to create anything from a simple form-to-email script to a web forum application, a blogging platform, or a content management system. This guide introduces the PHP language and shows how to write powerful web applications using PHP.

  • Looks at the ways that PHP programs interact with web servers and other technologies such as HTML

  • Teaches you how to build robust web applications and change the flow of your scripts with decisions and loops

  • Examines ways to create and use strings, arrays, objects, functions, and files in your scripts

  • Shares tips for creating interactive web forms in PHP, as well as capturing user input

  • Unveils methods for preserving an application's state between page views

  • Offers advice on how to work with MySQL databases using PHP

  • Includes best practices for using PEAR to speed up your application development

  • Presents techniques for manipulating XML from within your PHP scripts

  • Walks you through the creation and manipulation of web graphics using PHP

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About the Author

Matt Doyle has worn many hats in his professional career, including working in the fields of system administration, computer training, software development, graphic design, and website creation.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (October 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470413964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470413968
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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How I wish there was a Matt Doyle's textbook back when I began learning PHP. Well, I guess, better late than never!

Having worked in technical education for many years, and more recently as a front-end web developer, I know how crucial it is for educators and web designers to have a good grasp of the workings of PHP. PHP is the most widely used programing language, developed from the ground up, to address the needs of the web browsing consumer.

Back in November 2009 while looking at new arrivals in the technology section at a local bookstore, I came across what I consider now, the ideal book on the subject of PHP. Beginning PHP 5.3 by Matt Doyle "speaks" directly to my urgent need to understand what PHP is all about. This textbook "magically" (to borrow a term used recently by Steve Jobs) has clarified my understanding of many concepts in PHP that for years I felt pretty fussy about!

In 800 pages, it does the best job I know on the PHP language basics, including an extensive treatment of PHP's advances in object-oriented programing. Even better, I now also have a chance with this book to be very much up to date on the newest features of PHP programming brought on by version 5.3. Advances like object overloading, abstract classes, interfaces, namespaces and XML parsers are treated by Matt Doyle in his characteristic down-to-earth style. What's more, he never forgets to illustrate further the various subjects treated in the book, with the most appropriate and simplest code examples available.

For schools with courses on programming, Beginning PHP 5.3 is, without a doubt, an excellent textbook. It even includes exercises at the end of every chapter, with the solutions at the end of the book.

As for me, I'm planning to donate my whole PHP book collection and just keep my copy of Beginning PHP 5.3 (together with its eBook version) for my own learning pleasure and ready reference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Awesome Book for a Beginner May 16, 2012
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Purchased this book just beginning of this month, and I am on Chapter 8 as I am writing this book review. This book is really easy to follow if you want to get started with PHP programming. The best part that I like the most about this book is the exercises at the end of each chapter. It's a good way to test myself and go back to review some of the areas that I need to complete those exercises, then I can discuss with other programmers on forum site.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have read on PHP September 21, 2011
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I rarely write reviews, but after finishing the book I felt compelled to. This book is the best book on PHP I have ever read, and I have read alot of them. Everthing from PDO, to Object Oriented Programming,Regular Expressions, Image Creation with GD, XML, and more is within the pages of this book.

Highly Recommended For Newbies and Pro's alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to begin learning about PHP May 15, 2012
By Ian
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This book is a great introduction to PHP. I had no experience with PHP when I decided to learn it earlier this year, and I began with the "Head First PHP" book from O'reily. I really like that series, but it was not a good way to learn PHP. This book is simple, straight-forward, and concise. The arrangement of the book is very well thought out, and the book really doesn't assume any prior knowledge. That being said, the subject is complicated, and does take a solid effort to get, but the text does a great job of building on itself. I really like the book, and I think I will stick with the Wrox series from now on. You can also preview portions of the book on Google books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really great examples except for PEAR May 7, 2012
This book had great coding examples and very well written and easy to understand code, but my biggest problem was when the examples would include the PEAR framework. Only one install of PEAR worked, and the other one that is used a lot, the HTML_QuickFrom wouldn't at all. Not only is this one deprecated, it fired off a ton of errors and I couldn't get the form to work with the other examples. I understand using the QuickForm would be easier and nice to work with, but in my opinion the PEAR framework is kind of skeptic to use at times. I don't think the book should keep using the examples if people can't even use the framework and it's hard to tell the book, "These examples aren't working". Other than that, really great book and I learned a lot and enjoyed reading it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a solid book on PHP, I would recommend it September 5, 2013
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I figure if you're reading this review you have a need to learn PHP and you're trying to sift through reviews of a bunch of books and pick the best investment. I can't tell you about other PHP books; this was my first one. But I can tell you what I liked and didn't like about this PHP book.

First of all, there's a lot to like. Where the book is strong:

* The book is pretty comprehensive. And it takes you from the beginning using baby steps. You can come in not knowing beans about PHP and by the time you work your way through chapter 20 you will have covered a lot of ground.
* A fair number of the examples are kind of fun. Homing pigeons and "car objects", etc. As another reviewer wrote, if you take the time to actually do the "try it out" portions of the book, you will learn a lot. If nothing else, if you're not accustomed to having to put a semicolon at the end of every command line, you will discover how many times you'll forget to do that. Working through the examples will also serve as a way to learn the hard way that variable names ARE case sensitive and failure to repeat CamelCase variable names precisely will have you enjoying a nice debugging session.
* Doyle has put in review exercises for the reader to work through at the end of each chapter. I love this kind of thing because it give you a chance to apply the concepts and make sure you have them down pat. Plus he has an appendix with the solutions to all of the review exercises just in case you get stuck in the mud.
* I had already installed PHP & a web server emulator, so I didn't need that bit. But for the record, Doyle does cover how to install the software you'll need to run the examples. He covers (Ubuntu) Linux, Windows & Mac platforms.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book with a few deficiencies.
I purchased this book because it was one of the very few listing coverage of the "hit counters" topic in its index. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MOTOR
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to learn PHP
This is a good book to learn PHP or refresh your knowledge of the language. It is easy to follow and the question at the end of each chapter help you practice what you just read... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edward Fienberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Less than the book store
This was the book I needed for my class for less than half what it would have cost at the school book store!
Published 2 months ago by Carolyn P. Drury
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this book
One of the best books written. It shows you the way to
do PHP programming. I recommend this to beginners
as well as advanced programmers.
Published 3 months ago by Chun Ming
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning PHP 5.3 The Best Book For Learning.
Hello I give this book the 5 star rating because When it comes to teaching eny language mr: Matt Doyle Is the Best teacher
that you or anyone would or could have cos his style... Read more
Published 3 months ago by jose serrano
2.0 out of 5 stars It was inappropriate for what I needed
I've been trying to find a php book that gives some instruction on PHP 5x with SQLite, using the PDO syntax. They are few and far between. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert W. Lobsinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid book
This book is splendid for those who want to learn fundamentals of PHP. It covers all of the most important topics, including MySQL (3 chapters). Read more
Published 4 months ago by George
3.0 out of 5 stars To me, more like "Encyclopedia of PHP"
This book has an excellent table of contents and index. Perhaps, I misunderstand the title but the text seems more like a reference manual or encyclopedia than a text for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scott Massey
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete book
I'm reading the book chapter by chapter, working with the (few) exercises that came at the end of the chapter. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Enrique Preza
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle digital edition
A good book but I am giving a 3 star review only for purposes of pointing out that with the kindle edition there are many tables with text that is so small as to render them pretty... Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. Bacon
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