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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Open Source
  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2007 edition (January 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590597869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590597866
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,273,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Francois Zaninotto is a consultant and project manager for Internet application projects. He graduated from the French business school Ecole des Mines in 1997 with a specialization in computer science. He tried quite a few jobs before settling on the Internet business: social worker in a children's facility, manager of a bike rental shop, web project manager for a tire manufacturer, writer of a travel guide on Germany for the same tire manufacturer, logistician for M decins Sans Fronti res, and IT architect for a consumer credit company. He joined the Sensio web agency in 2003, and since then has managed many Internet and intranet web application projects, dealing with complex usability issues, agile development methodologies, and cutting-edge web techniques. When the symfony project started, he took responsibility for the documentation, and wrote the symfony online book and tutorials.

Customer Reviews

4 or 5 stars if you plan on using the old framework, otherwise 1 or 2 stars.
zzzlater
I wanted to start learning Symfony and I found this book really great in the way it explains the fundamentals and use of the platform.
C. Shah
It has been an excellent reference guide to symfony, though it is not meant to be a "Introduction to.." or "Getting Started" book.
W. Burnes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Choma on March 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
The power of this amazing framework is truly revealed after you see how much thought has gone into its planning and documentation. I have been using the Symfony framework for six months with great success, but this book has given me a new perspective on Symfony's capabilities. PHP has been a mainstay in my web design business for almost 10 years, and I've used a number of different libraries and frameworks over the years. But nothing I've tried has come close to Symfony. The framework takes out the drudgery of common tasks like form processing and database/object interactions; and it does it in a way that is highly configurable. This book and framework have made web programming fun again.

Each chapter walks you through an important framework element from installation and setup to advanced features (cache control, plugin development, optimizing applications). It's written by two of the framework's lead developers. I would consider it a must-have for anyone using the Symfony framework.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By zzzlater on January 22, 2012
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the book covers version 1 of synfony, it will give you a rough idea about what synfony is about and would be totally useful for version 1 but there have been major changes introduced in version 2 where this book would not be that helpful.
4 or 5 stars if you plan on using the old framework, otherwise 1 or 2 stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Duarte on August 8, 2007
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Well written and understandable for such a large chunk of software. You can be the judge yourself, of course, by reading it online before you buy the hard copy. I'd definitely recommend having the real thing if you're just starting with symfony though.. you can't dogear or bookmark the online version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dancablam on November 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm a freelancer that was in search of a framework that would allow me to expeditiously develop applications for my clients, without sacrificing reliability. After researching several PHP-based MVC frameworks, I landed on symnfony due to its comprehensive set of features, strong OOP support, PHP5 utilization, and (very importantly) the great documentation. Yes, this book is available in web format online - but I'm very glad I made the purchase so I could learn the framework as I traveled, and it's much easier to use as a reference (I have it sprawled across my desk as I type this review). If you're looking for a great framework, I'm convinced symfony is it. And if you're looking to learn symfony, and have a resource as you build your skills, this book is what you'll need. The only caviat is, if you have no Object-Oriented programming experience, I would recommend you pick up "Objects, Patterns, & Practice" by Apress before learning symfony.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dwight fellman on August 21, 2011
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I know that symfony has release 2.0, and this is for the 1.x flavor. However, the 1.x stuff is still really good and stable. This book seems to be the one hardcopy set of docs that I need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis Miller on December 18, 2013
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Apress books are great, but this one is for Symfony 1.x. Symfony 2.0 came out in mid-2011, and as of December 2013, the current version is 2.4. The differences between the two versions are significant enough that I wouldn't recommend using this book. Hopefully they'll publish a revised edition soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephan Schulze on October 17, 2007
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The books contains all the information you can find in the online manual on the website of the symfony project.
If you know this before (and I did), the book has the same quality like the online manual, in my opinion a very good one.
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