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PHP Programming for Windows (Landmark (New Riders)) Paperback – May 17, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Landmark (New Riders)
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (May 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735711690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735711693
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,257,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PHP Programming for Windows the authoritative guide to developing web applications with PHP on the Microsoft Windows platform. It is the first book of its kind to offer a Windows centric stance on PHP with the intermediate to advanced audience in mind. This book covers PHP from the ground up and benefits both those new to PHP to PHP experts. The book covers new ground like using PHP with Windows databases such as Access and SQL Server plus other topics such as the Microsoft SOAP SDK and using PHP with the Active Directory.

About the Author

Andrew Stopford has been developing web and software applications for the last seven years and is currently a web programmer with the major online retailer dabs.com. Andrew has written about various computing and web application subjects in magazines and websites worldwide, such as Web Update, Macromedia Europe Developer's Journal, Internet.Works, Zend.com, asptoday.com, and gendev.net. Andrew is also a member of various open source projects including XML-RPC for ASP Project and the NMatrix Project.

These reviewers contributed their considerable hands-on expertise to the entire development process for this book. As this book was being written, these dedicated professionals reviewed all the material for technical content, organization, and flow. Their feedback was critical to ensuring that this book fits our readers' need for the highest-quality technical information.

Zak Greant is the lead developer for 51 Degrees North (http://51north.com) and is a proud member of the Foo & Associates (http://fooassociates.com) programmers' cooperative. He leads the PHP Quality Assurance Team (http://qa.php.net/) and is an active contributor to the PHP documentation, mailing lists, and source code.

Dan Hendricks has been involved with the design of dynamic web pages for seven years. After finishing his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, he worked as a web-based learning specialist for the university. Currently, he is working as a consultant for a regional web design company in Wisconsin and is pursuing a master's degree in information systems.

Graeme Merrall is a senior developer for the Internet arm of a major television station in Sydney, Australia. Graeme has been developing in PHP since version 2 and has authored a number of tutorials on PHP as well as being the co-author of PHP Functions Essential Reference, also from New Riders.

Torben Wilson is a freelance developer, technical, writer, and contributing author of New Rider's PHP Functions Essential Reference. He has been programming professionally in PHP since 1996 and has been on the PHP Documentation Team since 1997.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
I just had the pleasure of reading New Riders' "PHP Programming for Windows" by Andrew Stopford. This book is excellent, and despite what the title may imply is actually geared towards both PHP and ASP developers, not trying to detract you from migrating away from a Microsoft-centric infrastructure (i.e., Windows 2000/XP, SQL Server, ASP, .NET, etc). Rather, it lends a helping hand for developers needing to cross-integrate a project with an existing infrastructure, with an emphasis on performance. You can take your existing ASP knowledge and extend it, even if only for the moment.
As such, the book offers a quick run-though of the structure of PHP as a developmental platform and gives a brief introduction into PHP programming. Admittedly, some experience with PHP or having read another book on learning how to program with PHP is helpful if one is to get the most out of this book; but if you're only looking to use PHP in an integration project, you'll learn enough to get by.
The book is concise and to the point, being a quick 294 pages long. It's a fast read, and well worth it. The book's content is up-to-date, providing discussions about integrating PHP with .NET, as well as with Windows DNA architectures.
The book's tone is written in such a way as to provide an academic, historical perspective on the evolution of PHP in the world of dynamic Web development, and defends against the popular and important theory that PHP has no place in the Web services arena, as most open-source communities tend to be disenfranchised when a new paradigm comes about.
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For a book about Windows, this book has surprisingly little Windows specific information in it. The first chapter, on installation, is Windows specific. But then it doesn't go Windows specific until about 3/4s of the way through the book in section three, where it talks about COM, ADO, Active Directory and a couple of other Windows-specfic technologies.
It's a short book, so the mid-section which is not Windows specific is a general reference for PHP. It's a brief reference though, weighing in at less than 100 pages, where other books (PHP and MySQL Web Development) spend over 150 pages on just the basics.
I can't recommend this book unless you have a specific need for introductory information on PHP installation for Windows, or use of Windows specific back-end technologies like COM, ADO or the Active Directory.
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By A Customer on October 5, 2002
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I would recommend this book to both ASP programmers looking to get into PHP and PHP programmers who sometimes work in a windows environment.

I found the information regarding PHP and ADO & PHP with Com objects the most useful info in the book.

One of my nicer aspects of the book is that Stopford often displays the equivalent ASP code with many examples.

Adding additional information regarding sessions would have been helpful.
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This is a nice little book on a very specific topic. In my opinion the author spend too much time (actually half of the book) revisiting basic concepts that any PHP developer should know pretty well, still he manages to provide very interesting information on topics that you hardly find covered elsewhere, like integrating PHP with COM, .NET, ADO or Active Directory
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