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PHP 5 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach 2005th Edition

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About the Author

Frank Kromann is a PHP expert, web developer and PHP book author.

Jon Stephens is an itinerant American technical writer, reviewer and site developer. He has co-written more than five books on web development, including Usable Forms for the Web and Constructing Usable Web Menus.

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.

Lee Babin is a programmer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he serves as the chief programmer for an innovative development firm duly named The Code Shoppe. He has been developing complex web driven applications since his graduation from DeVry University in early 2002 and has since worked on over 50 custom websites and online applications. Lee is married to a beautiful woman by the name of Dianne, who supports him in his rather full yet rewarding work schedule. He enjoys video games, working out, martial arts, and traveling, and can usually be found working online on one of his many fun web projects at any given time. While Lee has experience in a multitude of web programming languages, his preference has always been PHP. With the release of PHP 5, many of his wishes have been fulfilled.


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Product Details

  • Series: Problem-Solution Approach
  • Paperback: 650 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2005 edition (October 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590595092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590595091
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David Stapleton VINE VOICE on March 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a big fan of 'recipe' books. They collect solutions to a variety of common problems into a single volume for easy reference, often times pointing out features in an extensive language environment that were missed when first learned. This book is no exception.

I had been coding PHP for close to a year when I picked up this book. I found most of the coding and examples to be fairly familiar, but forcing myself to read through ever page I have expanded my coding with several standard functions that I had no use for when first learning the language (and thus had forgotten about).

The writing style is very readable, and the code is targeted at the beginning to intermediate PHP coder. Beginners to PHP will benefit from reading through the entire book; those with more experience are better off skimming the first half of the book and reading the latter sections. The topics covered are fairly complete and include: arrays, strings, imaging, database, files and web forms. I would have liked a more detailed coverage of XML and SOAP, but the basics are provided for these technologies.

If you are an experienced PHP coder you may gain something from this book (like I did), but you would probably get just as much by browsing the official PHP site's function list to refresh your memory of what is available.

My recommendation, for PHP beginners, is that this book coupled with Jason Gilmore's Beginning PHP and MySQL makes an excellent pair to learn PHP and should have you up to speed in no time. Add Matt Zandstra's PHP 5 Objects, Patterns, and Practice and you have a fairly complete PHP library suitable for an experienced programmer's reference shelf.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on November 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
With all the books being published recently about PHP a new one will need to find and fill a niche to distinguish itself. "PHP 5 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach", published by Apress, has done so, in my view. This is an intermediate-level volume exploring PHP 5 using a "recipe" approach where the basics of PHP 5's functionality are expressed systematically but in a "small-topic" by "small-topic" manner. Cookbook style, each topic is relatively autonomous and can be individually selected, as necessary, for information or review, similarly to how many refer to the "Joy of Cooking" for help on a cooking project. It's a source for instant solutions to common PHP-related problems. There are over 200 such recipes presented.

Each of these "recipes" refers to a small element or aspect of PHP 5 and the presentations contain a brief overview of the topic, an explanation of how the code elements work, and where the code is applicable in projects. Overall, the book covers the whole range of PHP 5 functionality where each major element of PHP 5 is addressed in a recipe explaining and illuminating relevant code elements. You can easily get information about a specific PHP 5 element by going directly to the section of the book where it appears. Even better, the code snippets are designed to allow one to copy and paste them into your own applications or development easily and then to configure them as necessary. All of the code snippets are freely available for downloading at the publisher's website at [...].

There are 16 chapters and an index covering a total of 646 pages.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 23, 2005
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I have to admit that I really enjoy having a good recipe style book in my library whenever possible and this is a good PHP 5 recipe book. The advantage of these books is simple. You find the problem you need resolved and you follow the recipe to resolve it. This problem-solution approach is very efficient and just what you need when you just want a quick answer. With over 200 recipes it focuses on new features of PHP 5 and taking advantage of the most popular PHP extensions. Some of the areas covered include arrays, dates and times, strings, files, regular expressions, web basics, forms, markup, and MySQL. For each area the authors include various problems that are commonly encountered or that can be resolved more efficiently with the new features, the code snippet to resolve the problem, and then an in depth analysis of the code and how it works. For the PHP 5 programmer this is a valuable reference that they will be sure to be reach for often when dealing with new programming challenges. PHP 5 Recipes is highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Gauer on August 8, 2006
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More than just a recipe book, PHP 5 Recipes is an outstanding overview of many PHP tools and techniques.... and while Apress suggests the book is published for programmers already somewhat familiar with PHP, its clear language and great example sets make it useful for someone learning PHP. Each chapter starts with a basic review of the foundation of the subject matter to be covered: the variables section, for example, begins with a "PHP 101"-style review of how PHP variables are identified and used. Each chapter then builds from these basics to cover more advanced techniques. Two final notes: First, this is certainly one of the best written programming guides I own: The language is clear and obvious effort went into making the book both readable and enjoyable. Second, the code provided through the publisher's web site is clean and typo-free, which is especially helpful (and not always a sure thing with programming books). A real resource.
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