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Comment: Paperback. The interior pages have no intentional markings such as highlighting, notes, etc. and also appear to be free of handling smudges, stains and so forth. Edge of text block has some light handling/shelving marks. Cover is in solid shape, shows mild edge wear, very small corner curls/splits, light rubbing. Slight rise to cover when book is laid flat, as you would expect of a used paperback. Spine is uncreased and binding tight. A nice copy.
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Foundations of PEAR: Rapid PHP Development Paperback – November 20, 2006


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  • Series: Foundations
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (November 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590597397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590597392
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,196,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allan Kent lives, works, and plays in Cape Town, South Africa. In the last four years, he's been implicated in at least 10 books dealing with PHP and web-related topics. When not being harassed by persistent editors about deadlines, he works doing new media design at Lodestone, which he co-owns. When not writing or programming, he enjoys relaxing at home with Wendy and their cats.

Nathan A. Good lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. He is a contractor with Alliance of Computer Professionals in Bloomington. When he isn't writing software, Nathan enjoys building PCs and servers, reading about and working with new technologies, and trying to get all his friends to make the move to open source software. When he's not at a computer (which he admits is not often), he spends time with his family, at his church, and at the movies.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lee Cramer on July 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is lacking in both breadth and depth. Here is an example of each:

1. In the XML section, only three of the 13 classes in the XML package are discussed. In fact, only ten of the nearly three dozen PEAR packages are covered.

2. In the discussion of the File class, the third parameter is the file lock mode. The text reads, "The type of file lock to use," but fails to explain what those lock modes are.

Considering this, I consider the book overpriced and of value only to the beginner who is having difficulty getting started with PEAR. If this is the your situation, I recommend looking for a used copy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
The first thing I should address with Foundations of PEAR (PHP Extensions and Applications Repository) is the appropriate audience for this book. Since it is a book on PHP extensions and applications repositories the authors assume that the reader already has a basic understanding of PHP5. If you already know the rules of basic syntax, using variables, creating objects and similar items then you will probably be interested in looking at this book.

After a brief introduction to PEAR including how to install and configure it the rest of the book is a compendium of PEAR packages, their content, and how to use them. For each package it includes information on common usages, related packages, dependencies, the API, and examples. The book is broadly divided into ten topical sections - Authentication, Utilities and Tools, Dates and Numbers, HTML, Images and Text, Database, Files and Formats, HTTP, XML, and Mail. Each of these sections contains several packages that fall under that category.

The index is complete and detailed and makes the book a great resource. A solid reference book that is sure to be on the shelf of most PHP5 programmers Foundations of PEAR is highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Morimoto on December 12, 2007
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After spending about a half a day with this book and working on trying to get a simple exercise in the book to work on mime email, I've just about given up. This book reads like a dictionary giving very little explaination and leaving you to the Internet to find the answers.

The book does have a lot of information, but if the examples don't work, then you're stuck. A little help from the authors on how to overcome common problems would have been great. Instead, it just goes on to the next definition of functions.

I guess it's worth the $6 in the used category, but not $45 which is list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Lomb on August 27, 2010
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I bought this book hoping to learn PEAR, but what I discovered is the book better serves PHP interested programmers already knowledgeable of the workings of PEAR. It is a good reference manual for PEAR experienced individuals, but not a good instruction manual for those of us inexperienced with and thirsting for knowledge of the intricacies and usefulness of PEAR in PHP programming. I am not a PHP expert, but I do understand the PHP language and I have written numerous server-side web pages. I was hoping this book would open the door to facilitate the PHP experience and increase my PHP knowledge; it did not. And the examples in the book do nothing to help. I thought book examples were supposed to mirror templates thus giving the reader a visible and workable solution regarding use of the material and to help the reader better understand the material by giving the reader an already workable example of the book material, but I think the authors had something different in mind. It appears I have to finish the examples to get them to work.

If anyone reading this review can post some suggestions of good books actually explaining PEAR, I will be very thankful.
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