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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849511926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849511926
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mariano has been programming since the early age of 11. He quickly became proficient with C and C++, producing his first commercial applications at 15 years of age. He then continued to learn several other programming languages, PHP being one of them. He has contributed to several open source projects, becoming part of the core development team of both CakePHP and Lithium, two of the best PHP frameworks. He currently divides his time between open source programming, his commercial work, his hobbies, and spending time with his family

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Mariano has been programming since the early age of 11. He quickly became proficient with C and C++, producing his first commercial applications at 15 years of age. He then continued to learn several other programming languages, PHP being one of them. He has contributed to several open source projects, becoming part of the core development team of both CakePHP and Lithium, two of the best PHP frameworks. He currently divides his time between open source programming, his commercial work, his hobbies, and spending time with his family

Customer Reviews

I found everything to improve my CakePhp knowledge.
VON STAEL
The last thing I have to say in favour of this book is that it's the most up to date.
RoaringMeg
I've since read through most of the book and each chapter is very valuable to me.
Freedomfflow

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Freedomfflow on July 23, 2011
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I write php code for a living and I love this book. I'm a hack coder for the most part, meaning I don't have formal training and I've only started coding OOP in the last year or so.

I started using cake about a year ago, but I didn't really take advantage of it. I bypassed most of its features and so the only benefit I got from it was organizig & separating my code into controllers and views and layouts. I didn't even use the models.

Over time I started to 'get' cake as I learned about OOP. Recently, I was enlightened to the power of cake when I started baking. I had a new project so I designed the database using cake conventions. I then baked the models, controllers, and views, and voila, I had a functional application in minutes after completing my database design.

Well, on this project, I used Chapter 1 content from this book to set up role base authorization. So the day I received the book, I put it to use on my job and release a test version of the app to my clients. The app was far from complete, but I did create a couple of reports so they could see the data we were collecting from their application.

I've since read through most of the book and each chapter is very valuable to me. Now that I understand the concept of cake and how to use as an intermediate, this book opens my eyes to a lot of the power that cake offers that I didn't quite see or know how to implement.

The modeling & routing chapters are very enlightening to me, but every chapter has very useful nuggets and I'm sure I'll find things in the book a couple of months from now as my Cake knowledge continues to grow.

If you are a beginner, this book will probably still be worth owning. Chapter 1 alone is worth the price of admission.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RoaringMeg on April 21, 2011
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I should first of all say that I've bought and read all four cakephp books which I could find on amazon. They are all good and there's not one of them that I don't use. However, if you're only going to buy one book then this is the one I'd suggest.

This book is different from the others in that the author doesn't explain the cakephp structure or how to install the framework, which I don't think is a problem considering the amount of online tutorials covering the same. But what that means is it leaves more room for code, which is what I think this book does very well indeed. It presents a series of 'recipes' in each chapter which introduce important features of cake, and each recipe adds a bit more complexity to the one before. What you're left with is a book full of little code snippets which can be knitted together to do what you want.

The other cakephp books attempt to teach you about cake by going through the process of building specific applications (blog/travelling salesman/to-do lists among others) which is great, but if you only buy one of those books I think you'd find it lacks flexibility (unless of course you want to build one of the specific applications from one of the books, in which case perhaps get it).

The last thing I have to say in favour of this book is that it's the most up to date. That's not a huge issue since you can always look through the changelog (and you probably should for any online tutorials you find too) to see what's different between 1.2 and 1.3. If you don't you may find that you waste a bit of time figuring out why a piece of code doesn't work like you want. I'll hold my hands up to a couple of hours before finding out that Routing.admin should be Routing.prefixes...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Lubbers on August 14, 2012
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I got the printed version after reading about all the problems with the formatting on the ebook version, the layout is fine on the printed version. To make good use of this book you most definitely need a working knowledge of cakePHP. It starts right out in the thick of it. I proably just didn't read the description well enough but I was under the impression this would be a good book for learning cakePHP, it's not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By simondowdles on September 20, 2011
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Overal, this is a great reference for both seasoned and unseasoned CakePHP developers alike. After only 2 days of CakePHP work, this book helped me overcome a few questions I had regarding CakePHP conventions, and generally helped speed up that "ahaaaa" moment we have when we understand why something is the way it is.

Formatting of the code does bug me, but apparently the authors have no control over Kindle formatting. Perhaps we need to address this with Amazon directly? Surely the Kindle must support TAB stops. There are no indents in the code, and this makes it immensely difficult to follow. Sometimes we see 6-10 nested arrays, all left aligned on their new lines.

So, in summary, this book is loaded with handy recipes that will spark all sorts of ideas and really help you undertsand how CakePHP works. It comes at a price though, readibility.

This book deserves 5 stars, save for the formatting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Moeller on July 3, 2011
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The CakePHP Cookbook, like all "Cookbooks", gives you many code snippets to create commonly needed systems, which are used to create complex applications.

The book covers a wide range of topics that would be useful in most applications that you are likely to develop. From creating a user login and authorization system, or using the OpenID system to login users, to gathering data from different sources, such as CSV files, RSS feeds and even twitter, there are many different recipes that are invaluable, and save time when working with CakePHP to create online applications.

It is worth noting though that this book is not aimed at beginners to CakePHP, and although you could understand the code after at least completing the blog tutorial on the CakePHP site, the book will be most valuable to developers who have used CakePHP before, and need to integrate any of the normal systems that the book covers into their CakPHP based application.

Overall it is a very helpful cookbook type book for finding recipes for adding useful functionality to your CakePHP applications.
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