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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847198384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847198389
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 9.1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Dirk Merkel is the owner of Waferthin Web Works LLC. In his spare time, he likes to ruin perfectly good open-source projects by submitting unsolicited patches. He also writes about Web development. He lives in San Diego with his lovely wife and two wonderful daughters. Dirk can be reached at dirk@waferthin.com

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It could have been soft on content but the editors did a great job.
Edgar martinez
Expert PHP 5 Tools is a must-read book for every PHP developer involved in professional PHP application development and wants to improve the quality of his work.
Michelangelo van Dam
As it was, I did my best to read through it, flipping back and forth between pages to find where references went or came from.
Kae Verens

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kae Verens on June 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
In short: great overview of the various tools and processes that can be followed to make working in PHP easy and manageable. I have a new employee here in the office who will be getting this book after me, to quickly bring her up to speed on good practices.

As you might guess from the "new employee" comment, even though the word "Expert" is in the title, you don't need to be an expert PHP programmer to use this book. It's an all-round overview of the programs you might use during your day-to-day programming life for the next few years.

As the author (Dirk Merkel) suggested in the book, some people may disagree with some choices in the book. For example, I am a fervent Vim user, but the book chooses Eclipse as its programming environment of choice.

From a broader point of view, the Eclipse IDE may be the correct one for programmers to use, as it offers much more than just a text editor. As for me, it's hard to change an old dog's habits!

The book includes some handy reference notes for various tools, such as SVN or phpDocumentor. It's good for people that are not used to reading online references for everything to have them all in one book.

Each chapter is immensely in-depth. To the point that it's almost like each chapter is a mini-book on its own subject. In some cases the chapters include everything you might ever use on those subjects.

For myself, I'm interested to try some of the suggestions in the Continuous Integration chapter and throughout the book, as I already run a few projects where updates are more important than releases. I'm especially interested in integrating SVN with automated testing and style-checking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelangelo van Dam on May 13, 2010
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Expert PHP 5 Tools is a new book from Packt Publishing written by Dirk Merkel. In 10 chapters Dirk introduces the reader with several PHP tools that will improve development processes and quality of code from a single developer or a team of developers. From simply syntax checking and code validation to automated testing and deploying, each chapter discusses each tool in detail and contains sample code to put the theory into practice.

Expert PHP 5 Tools is a must-read book for every PHP developer involved in professional PHP application development and wants to improve the quality of his work. Also for PHP development teams, this book will convince the reader why it's important to focus on coding standards, unit testing, automated documentation and even automated builds to structure each step in an automated, repetitive way.

I must say I was impressed by the detailed description of each tool and how Dirk used simple examples in order to show the reader how to use the tool in the best possible manner. I found this book an easy read since I already had experience with the tools Dirk describes in the book, but even if I had not yet worked with them, the examples he has given in each chapter are of great value and give the reader a good insight in what each tool does and how it responds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ybh on November 1, 2010
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Before you start your next project you must read this book. Dirk hits everything precise without the bloated text from most books who try to tell you a story without a single line of code.
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By Edgar martinez on April 11, 2011
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I have only reviewed a handful of books before but I felt like this is one of those books that is actually helpful. If you have an intermediate knowledge of PHP and just want to go to the next level this book is great. I have a few years of experience and I gotta say this helped me bring my code to the next level in many ways. It is not a cook book or patterns book but it does cover some essential knowledge for any PHP professional. This will help you get to the next level of professorial if you have been writing code for a few years and want to rise above the general PHP hacker. Very good book. It could have been soft on content but the editors did a great job. Some people with more experience in PHP 4+ years might think this is a little soft but thats because they are close to the expert level. This book is for those who want to be expert and want to have not only a working knowledge of PHp but of the tools for good PHP coding. This book is not thin in content ans is a great resource.
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