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Professional CodeIgniter Paperback – July 28, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470282458 ISBN-10: 0470282452 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (July 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470282452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470282458
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,653,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Professional Codelgniter®

Welcome to the world of CodeIgniter! CodeIgniter is a powerful and flexible MVC framework for PHP, and it will completely revolutionize the way you build applications. Imagine being able to build complete applications in just a matter of days, being able to respond to client needs with speed and power, and being able to maintain your well-organized code weeks, months, and even years afterward. All of this is now within your grasp thanks to CodeIgniter.

Author and CodeIgniter developer Thomas Myer guides you through building a typical web application with CodeIgniter, introducing important topics from the MVC framework and Agile methodologies along the way. From typical installation and configuration through setup and all phases of a hypothetical project, Myer explains the inner workings of CodeIgniter in a way that will get you up and running quickly. If you're already well-versed in PHP, you'll learn how to take what you already know and apply it to CodeIgniter. In very little time, you'll be using the powerful tools and shortcuts in CodeIgniter to build applications in half the time.

What you will learn from this book

  • The basics of models, views, and controllers

  • How to take advantage of CodeIgniter's many helpers and libraries

  • How to create a working application from inception through launch

  • How to apply Agile methodologies to any project

Who this book is for

This book is for developers familiar with PHP and MYSQL who want to become more proficient with CodeIgniter.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.


More About the Author

I was born in the Republic of Panama to an American father and Panamanian mother. My mother's side of the family is ginormous--she had 7 brothers and sisters, and each of them had at least 3 or 4 kids (good Catholics!) so it turns out that there is a plenitude of cousinage.

I went to school in what was known as the Panama Canal Zone, graduating from Balboa High School shortly before the bombs fell on Noriega in 1989. I attend Panama Canal College before transferring to UT San Antonio, where I earned a bachelor's in English and met my lovely wife Hope.

After graduating from UTSA in 1992, I attended SUNY-Binghamton in upstate, frozen tundra New York to get my Master's degree (part Medieval English Lit, part Linguistics, part Comparative Lit). Then we returned to San Antonio where I started my career as an editor for The Psychological Corporation, a division of Harcourt Brace.

In 1996 I got my big break in hi-tech, joining a little startup called WheelGroup Corporation, where I was part-time Webmaster and full-time technical writer for a UNIX-based intrusion detection product line. What an education! Wow.

We were acquired by Cisco Systems in 1998, which meant a move to Austin TX. The first thing we noticed was how different Austin was from the rest of Texas--like light and day. I don't think Austin has ever voted majority Republican for president in the last 30 or 40 years (okay, maybe Reagan).

I had been involved with XML before Cisco, but within days of becoming a Ciscoite, I got roped into various XML-related projects and undertakings. I learned a lot about XML document analysis and the pure politics of markup languages.

In 1999 I moved on to Vignette Corporation, where I was a technical writer and information architect. There we worked on various portals and CMS engagements. That lasted until 2001, when I left to go out on my own full time.

I've been running Triple Dog Dare Media ever since. In 2004 I was approached by SitePoint to write a basic XML book, and that eventually became No Nonsense XML Web Development with PHP.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dale Vogel on September 10, 2008
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CodeIgniter is the fastest PHP framework out there, and it works. There are very few bugs in the code. The other thing that CodeIgniter has that other frameworks don't is a good forum and excellent documentation. It has an outstanding Users Guide you can download which lists every function with a code example.

And now, there are two books out on CodeIgniter. I purchased both books, and reviewed "CodeIgniter for Rapid PHP Application Development." "Professional CodeIgniter" is a completely different book. I figure folks might want to know the difference before they buy.

"Professional CodeIgniter" walks you through a complete web application from start to finish. The author is an experienced web developer. It is thorough and very detailed. The first chapter introduces you to how to use the MVC architecture with CodeIgniter. The second chapter introduces you to using the Agile development methodologies with a client who needs an ecommerce site. You are inside the head of a web developer as he talks with the client, and draws up what the site will look like on a piece of paper. Then the fun begins. In Chapter 3 you download CodeIgniter and he walks you through laying out the folders and intial configuration of CodeIgniter followed by the initial screen for the site. Other chapters follow:
Chapter 4 - Creating the main web site
Chapter 5 - Building a shopping cart
Chapter 6 - Creating a Dashboard
Chapter 7 - Improving the Dashboard
Chapter 8 - Last Minute Upgrades
Chapter 9 - Security and Performance
Chapter 10 - Launch

The index is very detailed which makes the book good for a reference. There is lots of code and the code is available on the publishers site.

There are some pitfalls.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ol' Roy on July 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
It is always astounding how a publisher can claim to have an expert author, technical reviewers and editors, and still have code that needs to be fixed to work. It just makes you wonder if the editors and technical reviewers ever actually read and worked their way through from page one to the end.
Having said that, you can learn from this book if:
1. You are at least an intermediate php programmer with decent knowledge of object oriented principles.
2. You are patient enough to wade through not just the few typos, but the outright botched code examples.
Don't assume you can pick up php and codeigniter at the same time especially from this book. The price of entrance and the price of gaining anything of value from this book is to understand enough object oriented php to be able to follow along.

The author does spend time on showing you how to fix code problems. But if you've worked with php at all, you could make just as good guesses at how to fix most of these issues as his suggestions. Maybe it is a way to get you to think that more bad code in the book is just an "opportunity" for you to fix it.

I pay money to learn from a book. Is it too much to ask that the code work? Yeah, you can fix it. Yeah, you can learn from fixing it. But I could have learned what I needed from code that worked and then moved on and fixed bugs in my own code in my own applications. Yeah, you could send even more errata reports to the publisher, but at some point shouldn't the publisher take some sort of responsibility themselves? If they wanted to publish a 'beta book', that would be one thing. But a finished book ought to be clean and error checked and it should work. And guess what? In exchange for that effort, the publisher and author would sell far more copies of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad Morse on May 31, 2011
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I was looking for a book that was half reference, the other half examples using CI libs, etc...

The author's approach is good, just not for me, as he takes you from square one, with meeting with the client and taking what you wrote down during your meeting with the "client" to putting it into play. I really enjoyed that approach but it was my fault for not realizing this before I purchased the book.

I think the best bet is to refer to the online documentation, which is why CI is so popular. No other PHP MVC can compare when it comes to its documentation.

If you are looking to learn CodeIgniter and do not know PHP, please stop and look for a book to learn PHP first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Seaman on July 24, 2012
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This book is very outdated. Though the design discussion is very good and still useful, the code is outdated and requires an older version of CI to work.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I like it. This is the book I was looking for. I want real examples, how codeigniter helps in solving real world problems. I was not interested in simple examples explaining feature. And this book fulfilled my appetite.

I am an experienced application developer, and this is what I want and luckily I found it. I've still not finished the book, read almost half of it.

Happy programming!
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By Satoshi Kawase on August 4, 2013
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Fine book but be warned that this book covers CodeIgniter 1.6.

CodeIgniter is now on 2.1 so the examples in this book are outdated. Wait for a revision to come out or stay away entirely.
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