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PHP Application Development with NetBeans: Beginner's Guide (Learn by Doing: Less Theory, More Results) Paperback – August 24, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Learn by Doing: Less Theory, More Results
  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (August 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849515808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849515801
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

M A Hossain Tonu

M A Hossain Tonu graduated in Computer Science and Engineering from the Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET) in Bangladesh. He has been a passionate developer since last six years, worked for leading software companies in the country like somewherein, improsys etc. and developed a series of web applications, services & solutions for the foreign clients as part of offshore software development & outsourcing.

He is an agile software craftsman who loves to code, keeps himself update with cutting edge technologies and plays with PHP, Zend Framework, Ruby-on-Rails, JavaScript etc., loves to moderate the local PHP community phpXperts and conducting seminars, workshops at different tech premises. You can reach Tonu at mahtonu@gmail.com and his tech blog at http://mahtonu.wordpress.com


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex F on December 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
PHP is one of the most popular server side languages in use today, and Netbeans is becoming the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) of more and more PHP developers. An IDE is a program designed to help facilitate faster software development by providing useful tools and references along with a robust code editor. This book's target audience is persons with at least a basic understanding of the PHP language, but no knowledge of Netbeans is expected. To let you know my point of view, I am an experienced PHP developer, and I began using Netbeans less than a year ago. Before reading this book I had not dug into many of Netbeans' more advanced features. The goal of this book is to teach the reader about some, but certainly not all, of Netbeans' time saving abilities while writing PHP applications.

I reviewed the digital version of this book. I downloaded the MOBI and PDF versions from the publisher's website because I read most of my books using a Kindle app. The MOBI version from the website does not include any images or screen shots which makes following the examples much more difficult. I am uncertain if the MOBI version available on Amazon is the same or not. Because of this, I used the PDF version while reading and following the examples.

Chapter 1 covers some points why Netbeans is a good choice for your PHP IDE, as there are many good products available. It then goes through instructions on downloading and installing Netbeans on Windows, Ubuntu Linux or Mac. I installed the software on my Windows 7 platform and on Ubuntu. As with most software, the Windows installation is pretty simple. Since Netbeans is a Java application, whatever platform you are using needs a Java virtual machine.
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Great book. Shows you awesome tips on developing with NetBeans. Gave it 4 stars because during the example excercise at the end, it doesn't really tell you to apply the things you learned during the first part of the book.
Other than that, it is very straightforward and clear.
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The first two chapters of this book are dedicated to NetBeans, and are great way for anyone to get up and running fast with this killer IDE.
I would give the book 5 stars...... except that it is not really a guide for PHP beginners as the title implies.

Chapter three is an example app that is definitely not for beginners. It requires experience with object oriented PHP, and javascript.

Overall, I would recommend the book. The first two chapters are useful for anyone, regardless of experience. The remaining chapters are not for beginners, but will become useful later on.
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it helps me to understand NETBeans more and I think this book is good mainly because there are not many NETBeans books around.
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I understand the any book that includes "Beginner" in the title shouldn't be expected to be an encyclopedia, but the author's approach makes it seem almost childish. At the end of every topic there's a "What Just Happened?" section that seems completely unnecessary.

For the most part, the technical aspects seem to be ok, but I can't make myself ignore the many mistakes in standard English. It became obvious very quickly that this was not written by a native speaker of English. Of course, this is not a negative point in any way, by itself, but when you see things like a Web page logout example that includes the label, "Leave blank to remain password unchanged" it makes me question the believability of the content in the rest of the book.

The first chapter takes you through teh installation of NetBeans, which is ok, but when it comes to installing XAMPP, MAMP or even more notably LAMP, there is no mention of what to do if something doesn't install correctly.

Another heading that becomes cloying after a short time is called "Have a Go Hero." Here, you are encouraged to try something additional. Other publishers may call this something like "Try it out" and that seems a lot more reasonable for anybody who's taking the initiative to learn PHP - and MySQL - and maybe JavaScript - at the same time.

Had I known this when I was shopping online, I wouldn't have purchased the book. It's not the worst computer book I've ever read, but it certainly is far from the best. My recommendation is to look for something else.
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I find the book useful in telling what NetBeans and some other open source software could do to help in PHP web development. The content is well-organized. I had questions on using Git and the author was helpful in answering my questions.

It would be a nice if more content could be added to the book.
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By Kartones on December 2, 2012
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Disclaimer: As the title clearly states "Begginer's guide" I'm judging it accordingly.

This book starts with the typical first chapter about step-by-step installation full of setup wizard screenshots, followed by a chapter about how the editor works. Here we can find from simple action descriptions, to more interesting topics like Netbeans support of name refacoring, going to definition of variables, code completion customization...

Chapter 3 focuses on a big example: Building a Facebook like status wall with PHP, Javascript, MySQL and Netbeans. Nothing incredible nor complex, but well explained and detailing only those steps related with Netbeans (instead of for example digging into how jQuery works).

Then we have chapters about hot to setup debugging, a tiny tiny intro on testing with PHPUnit, how to document with PHPDoc tags, a full chapter on how to use Git from inside Netbeans, and some patterns and practices of how to build a small API behind a website.

For being a begginer's book is not bad, teaches you quite a few productivity boosting IDE tips and sets you on the path for doing things the right way (refactoring, testing, source code management...). Also it comes full of diagrams and drawings to explain all non trivial topics, an extra effor put by the author that is quite welcome instead of pure text and code.

Of course an advanced user won't find anything of interest, but if you already know PHP but want a quick way of learning how Netbeans works, it's a good choice.
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