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PHP Web 2.0 Mashup Projects: Practical PHP Mashups with Google Maps, Flickr, Amazon, YouTube, MSN Search, Yahoo!: Create practical mashups in PHP ... MSN Search, Yahoo!, Last.fm, and 411Sync.com Paperback – September 13, 2007


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; 1st Ed. edition (September 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184719088X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847190888
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,493,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shu-Wai Chow has worked in computer programming and information technology for the past eight years. He started his career in Sacramento, California, spending four years as the webmaster for Educaid, a First Union Company, and another four years at Vision Service Plan as an application developer. Through the years, he has become proficient in Java, JSP, PHP, ColdFusion, ASP, LDAP, XSLT, and XSL-FO. Shu has also been the volunteer webmaster and a feline adoption counselor for several animal welfare organizations in Sacramento. He is currently a software engineer at Antenna Software in Jersey City, New Jersey, and is finishing his studies in Economics at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Born in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong, Shu did most of his alleged growing up in Palo Alto, California. He lives on the Jersey Shore with seven very demanding cats, four birds that are too smart for their own good, a tail-less bearded dragon, a betta who needs her tank cleaned, a dermestid beetle colony, a cherished Fender Stratocaster, and a beloved, saint-like fianc¿.

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Another strength is that the book encourages good principles from the start.
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The target audience for this book is those with experience in software development, more to point, web development.
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Even if you know this stuff pretty well, this book still offers a lot to learn.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christian Montoya on November 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is basically a "everything you need to know about APIs and mashups" kind of book. It is very example-focused, so besides giving the foundation for understanding alphabet soup like REST, SOAP, XML and JSON, you also get to follow some complete projects that use these acronyms for some healthy learning-by-doing. Here's a basic rundown of the things you will learn: XML, RSS, RDF, XSPF, XML-RPC, REST, SOAP, JSON, SPARQL, some basic Ajax, screen scraping with DOM functions, installing and using PEAR classes, and creating a simple proxy for cross-site XMLHttpRequests. The mashup examples use all of these, and they are very practical projects.

I learned about XML/RDF/REST in college with Java as the language of choice, and I've been able to use some APIs in the past with the help of PHP client classes. This book, however, covers a lot of different technologies in less than 300 pages, and it gives you what you need to know to not be dependent on client classes provided by the myriad of services out there, which is extremely helpful since you can't always expect a drop-in client class to be available.

And even if you think that as a web developer you have no plans of ever building a web application or mashup service, there's still the chance that your employer or some client will someday need one of these services on a project. In that sense, the things taught in this book are pretty much required knowledge for any web developer these days, because as much as web 2.0 might be a fad, all the alphabet soup technologies involved are not. We'll be using them for many, many years to come.

In short, I recommend this book. Even if you know this stuff pretty well, this book still offers a lot to learn.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Stewart on October 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
he market for books about mashups has become fairly crowded over the past few years but none have really enticed me as from a casual look most seem more interested in following the trend than offering solid information. Thankfully PHP Web 2.0 Mashup Projects manages to slide in a good number of practical programming tips as it works its way through a variety of services.

The book dedicates the majority of each chapter to more general concerns than just interfacing with the system in the chapter's title. So Chapter 2--"Buy It On Amazon"--spends most of its time exploring XML-RPC and REST approaches and building tools to work with those different styles of interface. Similarly the next chapter spends most of its time introducing WSDL, XML Schema and SOAP before showing how they can be used with Microsoft Live Search.

In fact, that chapter may be one of the best introductions I've seen for developers who need to quickly grasp the basics of WSDL and SOAP, a topic that can far too easily get bogged down in complexity that isn't needed for basic usage. With the WS-* stack quickly and for good reason going out of fashion hopefully most developers won't have to spend much time with it, but a simple overview is still very handy.

I was intrigued to see the final chapter diving into use of RDF with the RAP toolkit. Like the SOAP section, this managed to boil the basics of RDF down very well and should help most moderately experienced PHP developers to get up to speed quickly.

Aside from a closing section on race conditions, not much time is given to handling interruptions in service from third-party services and in a book focussed on mashups that's disappointing, particularly as the number of services, and so the range of fallback options, is increasing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Ison on October 25, 2007
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A very different book from the normal computer books I spin through. In fact its one of the better computer books. The target audience for this book is those with experience in software development, more to point, web development. It was a welcome relief. The author doesn't do what most software books do and include a beginners view of the web and web
development. He dives in and from the beginning I was trying things out. The author also gives excellent project description and breakdowns on what must be done to get it going.

One of my favorites from the book was the section on screen scraping. Something I havent had to do in a few years and it was awesome to get another perspective on how to do this. The book covers a few APIs and services, Google map, Amazon, Youtube to name a few. He brings up excellent detail on how to use and access these services. The author gives enough information without overloading the reader.

All in all a very good book. One I plan on recommending to my peers. It has made web development a bit more enjoyable and more knowledge in areas where I was weak. it never hurts to learn more!
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