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Practical symfony 1.3 & 1.4 for Doctrine [Paperback]

Fabien Potencier
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November 4, 2009 291839016X 978-2918390169
The symfony1 framework has been an Open-Source project for more than four years and has become one of the most popular PHP frameworks thanks to its great features and great documentation. This book describes the creation of a web application with the symfony framework, step-by-step from the specifications to the implementation. It is targeted at beginners who want to learn symfony, understand how it works, and also learn about the best web development practices. The application to be designed could have been yet another blog engine. But we want to use symfony on a useful project. The goal is to demonstrate that symfony can be used to develop professional applications with style and little effort. We will keep the content of the project secret for another day as we already have much to do today. However, let's give it a name: Jobeet. Each chapter of this book is meant to last between one and two hours, and will be the occasion to learn symfony by coding a real website, from start to finish. Every day, new features will be added to the application, and we'll take advantage of this development to introduce you to new symfony functionalities as well as good practices in symfony web development.

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  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Sensio SA (November 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 291839016X
  • ISBN-13: 978-2918390169
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,377,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Save Tree, Don't Buy This Book March 3, 2010
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Having a hard copy of a computer book in hand when learning a new technology is a great thing - when the book is great, that is. However, Practical Symfony is not a great book, and given that it can be downloaded from the Symfony site, I do not feel after buying the book that it was work investing in a hard copy.

Symfony is a decent framework for building a Web application, and as lead developer of the Symfony project, Potencier certainly has the expertise to provide correct information about the subject. However, Potencier's expert knowledge often gets in the way of teaching the technology, and important subjects are glossed over and some items (such as how to display the debug toolbar) that may have seemed too trivial for inclusion by the author. For instance, the Doctrine_Query object is given half a page of discussion instead of the full chapter it deserves. One simply cannot get an adequate understanding of Symfony and its integration with Doctrine from this book alone. I find myself using my Google-fu and reading pages of online documentation for both Symfony and Doctrine just to figure out how to do basic things that I could have done easily outside of the framework. A book should effectively minimize this, but this one doesn't.

Practical Symfony is written in a very linear format. It is structured much like a SAMs "Teach Yourself... in 24 Hours" book, and suffers from the same structural defect as the worst books in that series. If you have 24 days to devote an hour or two to each day to a chapter, and you think up your own simple project from scratch and follow the book's process, you will learn the basics of the technology.
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