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PHP 5 E-commerce Development Paperback – January 20, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1847199645 ISBN-10: 184719964X

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (January 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184719964X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847199645
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,538,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Peacock is a web developer from Newcastle on Tyne, UK with a degree in Software Engineering from the University of Durham. After meeting his business partner whilst studying at Durham, he co-founded Peacock Carter Limited (peacockcarter.co.uk) a Newcastle-based creative consultancy specializing in web design, web development, and corporate identity.Michael loves working on web-related projects and new business ideas, usually with interests in several companies.

He has been involved with a number of books, having written four books: Building a PHP E-Commerce Framework, Drupal 6 Social Networking, Selling Online with Drupal e-Commerce, and Building Websites with TYPO3, and acted as technical reviewer for two others - Mobile Web Development and Drupal for Education and E-Learning.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maarten Balliauw on May 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
The book promises the following:

*Build a flexible e-commerce framework using PHP, which can be extended and modified for the purposes of any e-commerce site
*Enable customer retention and more business by creating rich user experiences
*Develop a suitable structure for your framework and create a registry to store core objects
*Promote your e-commerce site using techniques with APIs such as Google Products or Amazon web services, SEO, marketing, and customer satisfaction
All of this is true, but...

1.The book does not make use of an existing framework. There are tons of them out there, so why re-invent the wheel to do specific tasks if someone already did that and tested and fine-tuned it.
2.The book does make use of a custom, application-specific framework. However, the design of the framework is not clean enough in my opinion. It is based on MVC, yet it does have some portions of code that are sitting in the wrong place... SQL code in the controllers, no real abstraction of the data layer, ...
3.Inexperienced PHP developers will not learn the best-practices from this book.
Not all is negative of course! The writing style is good and provides an easy read. Next to that, all concepts and pitfalls that go with building an online commerce site are well explained. Still, my advise on this book would not be "buy it".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Pantoja on April 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was asked to review this book on behalf of the publisher, Packt Publishing and received this book free of charge. All that follows is my honest opinion or perspective.

In a time where E-commerce seems to be the buzz on the inter-webs, new online stores popping up every day, where do you begin? There are tons of e-commerce frameworks out there, how do you begin to fathom the core logic of it all? If I choose a framework, how easy is it to learn, to tailor to my needs? Enter "PHP 5 e-commerce development", a book written by Michael Peacock. The goal of this book is to give you perspective on creating your own framework that you know and understand. To give our framework some forethought into making it extensible, containing features essential to any e-commerce framework.

This book will get you on your way to understanding what makes e-commerce tick. Though the language of choice in this book is PHP, any web developer would find the information contained easy to understand, regardless of what language you prefer. To those that are not familiar with object oriented programming, you may find the code a little hard to follow, but do not let that scare you off, the concepts are universal.

The author, Michael Peacock, is very generous with sharing his thoughts and knowledge of e-commerce. Source code is either documented with his thoughts or explained in context as the chapters parallel our development cycle. Nearly every concept or feature I have seen in online stores is covered, he also shares thoughts on what else we could add to further enhance our code. Be forewarned, chapter thirteen is meant as a primer as administration is a whole book on it's own, he does proved some SQL code to assist us.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Horton on July 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
To answer Maartens question:-

You would use your own e-commerce software rather than a ready-made one for uniqueness, specific requirements, a client requests it and as the author Michael Peacock points out, familiarity. That is once you create a framework that you have intimate knowledge of it is much easier to extend, improve and customize it.

Amazingly creating a PHP e-commerce application, especially with such well written step by step instructions, is nowhere near as time consuming or technically challenging as you might have thought. And remember when your done the advantages mentioned. You would just have to add a few unique features and a template and each client has their very own, custom made for them e-commerce store.

That has got to be worth allot in todays off-the-shelf dominated market.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Wagner on March 13, 2010
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The title of this book is a little misleading-- I found it to be all about e-commerce, little about PHP 5. (Though all the source code given is PHP 5, it is not a book to teach the reader PHP). It is a very good resource for anyone that needs to run an e-commerce site.

The author provides a brief explanation of why you'd want to write your own e-commerce site, then provides explanations for the handful of design patterns the book will use. Once that's out of the way, it's off to the races as the book builds a rudimentary e-commerce site in the next chapter then incrementally builds on it to provide a very feature-rich web site.

The book covers everything you'd want in a commerce site, to include Products, Categories, User Accounts, Payments, Vouchers, Discounts, User Reviews, Search, etc. etc. The author clearly has given a lot of thought to enumerating the features you'd want and provides very readable examples of how each of these can be implemented. The book finishes with recommendations on some odds and ends like lost password recovery and connecting to external services.

I found the source code (and Database DDL) to be well written and very easy to understand. Even if you're not a PHP coder, you should find little problem in understanding the source code.

If you're looking for a book to teach you PHP 5, this isn't the right book for you. But if you're looking for a book to teach you about building an MVC application (or an e-commerce site) the book will have something for you.
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