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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1st edition (December 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672320290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672320293
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,782,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

PHP Developer's Dictionary is a well-organized, comprehensive reference for PHP programmers.

In addition to providing a complete syntax reference for all core PHP functions and all module functions, the PHP Developer's Dictionary also provides a complete collection of compilation, installation, and configuration options.

The resulting book provides an indispensable reference for any PHP programmer or administrator overseeing a PHP installation.

About the Author

R. Allen Wyke is the manager of consulting at Engage Technologies, where he works with many of the leading Internet properties to implement ad and profiling solutions on their sites. His writing credentials include the best-selling reference Pure JavaScript and The Perl 5 Programmer's Reference, among others.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John P. Hoke on January 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Go figgure, a book that lives up to *exactly* what the title says, PHP Developer's Dictionary. This is not a "how-to", "Learn PHP in 12 minutes", or "PHP for the mentally challanged <sic>" type of book, it is a reference. If you already know what you want to do, and how to do it, but need to know what a function does, the syntax to connect to an LDAP directory or MySQL database, or other essential bit of info... this is *the* book for you. If you are new to developing, or to PHP, you may want to look at something else and come back and get this one once you have the basics (atleast) down. When someone tells you to RTFM when you ask a PHP related question, here it is :)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chad on July 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
Most of this book is the VERY BASIC description of operators, functions, constants, objects, properties, and methods and that's about it.
It breaks them down into categories (string manipulation, database, etc) and then has a SHORT description of what they do and what arguements need to be passed to them, etc. Other than that, there isn't much else there.
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One of the main problems I have with this book (and others like it) is that you have to know the name of the function or object to use it. If I want to know how to use mysql_connect, then that's no problem. However, if I want to know how to yank the two left most characters out of a string, I guess I'm going to be browsing every function in the string section until I find it.
This book just takes the wrong approach. If I had all of that stuff memorized, then I probably wouldn't need the book. However, since I don't have it memorized, it's rather hard to find it in the book since I don't know the name of it.
Would have gave it 3 stars except it basically does meet the criteria that it is advertised under, so I can't knock it for that. So, for being a categorized list of the PHP language then it's great (although, how hard can that be. I wonder if I too can print out the PHP.net documentation and get it published).
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By Matthew J. Wade on November 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
Nothing too spectacular here. Basically it is the manual from PHP.net reworded a bit and put in a book. What really disappointed me was that I could find no reference at all to the manual on PHP.net. I really thought they should have included some type of mention in the Acknowledgements section.
On to the book. They do provide a brief introduction to PHP. It is exactly that, brief. It is not meant to be exhaustive as this book is a reference book, not a tutorial.
Before I got this book, I exclusively used the PHP.net manual to look up functions and such. When I got this book, I really didn't think it would be of any use. I have found, however, that by keeping it right there on the desk I do look things up in it. Sometimes it just feels better to look something up in a good old paper book. It is also nice to be able to have the page open and glance back at your code to compare syntax.
Would I recommend this book? It all depends what you plan to use it for. The manual will definitely suffice and will be more current. But, if you are just itching to get a PHP reference manual in a hard copy, this is your choice.
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