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CodeIgniter 1.7 professional development Paperback – April 26, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1849510905 ISBN-10: 1849510903

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (April 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849510903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849510905
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 9.1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,175,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adam Griffiths

Adam Griffiths is a student and freelance CodeIgniter Developer based in the United Kingdom. He has five years web development experience, the last two being largely influenced by CodeIgniter. He has worked on many websites, both large and small, from small blogs to large multi-national companies. He is well versed in development techniques and how to squeeze that little bit more from an application. He has also made a number of contributions to the CodeIgniter Community, most notably The Authentication Library, a very simple-to-use but full-featured Authentication Library for CodeIgniter.

When CodeIgniter and PHP aren't spiralling around his head, Adam enjoys practising card and mentalist tricks, mainly sleight of hand and card handling. He has performed at local and formal functions for hundreds of people. He is also a guitar player and enjoys playing acoustically at pubs and small gigs. Moving back towards computing, he has a deep interest in Cryptography. He loves finding patterns in data and loves using pen and paper to decipher any cipher text he may find around the web.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jack Cadman on May 8, 2010
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I purchased this book because it was just recently published and I figured it would have the most up to date information on the current version as well as have current insights into the best practices for using the framework. By the end of chapter two, I was baffled. The writing style was unusual, superficial, and there were quite a few typos. At first I thought it was just a bad editor, but then I "Googled" the author. To my surprise, he's only 17 years old. The book states that he's had 5 years of experience programming in PHP. I'm not trying to knock this young author, after all, I wasn't programming PHP at age 12. But what was PACKT thinking publishing a programming reference book written by a 17 year old? Once the age thing came out, the writing made a lot more sense. The book supposes that the reader is versed in PHP and HTML. While some of the more complicated Codeigniter functions are glossed over with one sentence paragraphs, there's a whole page explaining what a carbon copy and a blind carbon copy are in an email. This is only one of many examples that made me question the competency of the material being presented. The book even mimics the Codeigniter style guide in the "correct," "incorrect," style of writing as well as the order in which the techniques are presented. There is nothing in this book that you can't find in the user guide or the many tutorials online.

I feel like I was duped by PACKT publishing and I'll certainly do more thorough background checks before any further purchases from them. A return is in my future... As for the Author, I certainly commend you. I certainly wasn't thinking about writing books at that age, but unfortunately, I think you were let down by your editors who should have provided a bit more guidance like "get some real life programming experience, then we'll publish." For everyone else, I suggest you spend some time in the native Codeigniter user guide.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Florin Dinu on June 15, 2010
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The book is about developing applications with CodeIgniter 1.7. It's targeted at PHP developers with enough background to know what they are doing. Although the book says that it's written for advanced developers, I would say that an intermediate programmer could probably understand it pretty well.

The book starts out with a "Getting started" chapter that tells you where to get CodeIgniter and how to install it. The author explains the MVC pattern and goes trough the framework's major features, summarily explaining each one, but without going into an in-depth description.

Chapter 2 starts by explaining what a CodeIgniter library is, and then it goes trough some of the most important ones, briefly discussing their API's and giving short examples on their usage.

For the input class, the authors point out it's XSS filters and give examples on how to use them.

I would have liked more details, and for the author to go into a more technical discussion. In an example the author used the form helper functions (form_open_multipart/form_close) without mentioning them in the text, it's not a big deal but a little annoying.

Chapter 3 moves on to the more interesting parts of CI. It explains how form validation works and extends an example from the previous chapter, after that the chapter moves on to the database, showing how to execute queries and explaining the types of result sets returned.

A big part of this chapter is dedicated to CI's Active Record layer, each method in this layer is explained and accompanied by an example.

In chapter 4 the author explains user authentication, with ample examples for everything you would need from such a system.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric on June 1, 2010
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CodeIgniter has been my php framework of choice over the past few years and I have grown to love the simplicity and reduced time it takes to develop php applications with it. Since finding CodeIgniter I have developed one open source script, numerous internal applications, and several libraries and helpers. Because of my involvement in working with CodeIgniter I have been offered the opportunity to review Packt's new book named "CodeIgniter 1.7 Professional Development" by Adam Griffiths. The book aims to take you from a novice user all the way to a CodeIgniter expert.

CodeIgniter 1.7 Professional Development promises to help you become a CodeIgniter expert with professional tools, techniques, and extended libraries. This book is targeted to php users just learning CodeIgniter and want to get the most of it in the shortest amount of time.

The book starts out with the basics of installing and setting up a new CodeIgniter project and then goes into the logic of the framework and how everything pieces together. Farther into the book Adam covers creating a secure authorization system, creating your own Twitter oAth library, and a Facebook connect library.

After reading the book I believe it achieved its promise of giving you the tools and resources to be a CodeIgniter 1.7 expert. The part I liked most about this book was the later chapters that deal with Authentication, custom libraries, Application Security, Building a large scale application, and custom web services. I feel the knowledge in these chapters are what really stands out and makes you a CodeIgniter expert.

My only complaint with the book is the portion on coding standards.
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