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Product Details

  • Series: Professional
  • Paperback: 909 pages
  • Publisher: Peer Information Inc.; 1 edition (December 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861002963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861002969
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,717,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This book is for:
Developers that want to add a professional edge to their web applications. Programmers who are either new to the web paradigm of development or experienced CGI programmers who are looking for the speed and convenience of a new technology.
A working knowledge of HTML is assumed.

About the Author

Wrox has assembled a team of PHP experts to share their experience with you:

Chris Scollo, Jesus Castagnetto and Sascha Schumann are site architects and builders who have employed PHP to run powerful, state-of-the-art web locations. Chris and Jesus have also written widely on PHP online.


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I bought this book, with very limited programming experience.
"haz_mat"
The function reference was also a little frustrating because each function was given one very sparse line of explanation - so it's not really useable.
Amazon Customer
This is a great PHP intro book with very nice, step-by-step, clear and straightforward examples.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By "haz_mat" on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ok, this is a very good book. I bought this book, with very limited programming experience. I had only really tinkered around with PHP.
I found this book very easy to read, and use when I needed it later for a specific job. I think this book is better used going through it from start to finish, taking notes, or however else you learn. There are about 200 pages of Appendix with some handy references.
I skipped the installation chapters as I had PHP already installed on my web host.
At the end of many chapters, there are exercises you do that links to the chapter you just covered. For the first few chapters you work on a online job application, and build that up at the end of each chapter. Then it moves on to an address book...
At the end of the chapters(before the appendix) is 4 case studies: Shopping cart, Phorum discussion board, Email application, and Database browser. Here they write these web applications, and show you how it's done!
There are not many mistakes in the writing. I think there are two mistakes in the code, but that is covered on their website.
Overall I think this is the best book on the market for PHP. It is interesting, very practical, and is a great book for learning PHP.
What are you waiting for? :)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book.
It talks the reader through installation and configuration in a very effective manner, this has been a stopping block to many of the open-source books that I've read. Although, I would like another page or two explaining how Apache does some of the things it does...but, I guess that is the job of an apache book, not of this already meaty 850 page book.
The book is also has a good balance that fits very neatly between the "for dummies" and the "nutshell" books.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John Iliff on January 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
This has been THE PHP book I've been waiting for. Well written, great analogies, loads of examples. If you want to learn PHP this is the book, esp. for those with a passing understanding of Perl, or shell scripting, or C, C++, etc. I can't praise this book enough.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Robert Nagle on July 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Boy, my reviews of Wrox books probably seem a little boring, since there is so little fault to find with them. The Wrox programming books are really the best books on the market, and it's interesting that the Oreilly books haven't yet published a decent book on php or xml stuff. I liked the way this PHP book explained the various setup options and the amount of space discussing mysql (which is a major reason why people are using php anyway).
What distinguishes this book from the rest are the examples. The tutorial part of the book works with two simple projects, an online job app and an address book, which were easy enough to follow. Actually, I found this book to be a useful intro to cgi script writing in addition to php.
Also interesting were 4 case studies about ways to use php. Example: did you know that with the qt libraries, php can manipulate images (such as zooming, and overwriting images with text)? That is amazing! A chapter on phorum explains how a discussion software uses php, and another one explains the use of a shopping cart (I tend to agree with the other reader who thinks that this is not necessarily the best example to use). The book also describes other things like using php for file management and storage, email configuration, and network connections. Some other topics covered in depth include: xml, security and database integration.
The appendix has many things. First, obviously, it has an alphabetical list of all the php functions. It also has a helpful appendix on http headers and another on browser support of html tags. This last thing is only somewhat handy to have, because web developers reading this book are past the point of needing browser support info re legacy html tags.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was good for a complete neophyte such as myself. One caveat, I had help with the configuration of Apache, MySQL, and PHP on my Linux box. Getting past that hurdle I was ready to roll on many of the examples in this book.
Its not really possible to give this book a five star rating because it really isn't geared to the total beginner as it indicates - but its close. I would highly recommend anyone coming right out of HTML and such to become familiar with PERL (if not C) I have found that having now learned PERL syntax (quoting rules and such) is allowing me to understand PHP much better.
To conclude - this it the best of three popular PHP books that I have from a "get up an go" perspective - the second best is the PHP pocket reference - at least for now until I am ready to move into more intermidiate to advance scripts.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn PHP. This book is well written and most of the examples are practical.
This book assumes you have some familarity with programming, although not much. The book is easy to read. The authors have done a good job of making the content interesting and fresh.
This book is especially helpful if you are interested in doing e-commerce since one of the main case studies in this book shows you how to construct a shopping cart.
There is a handy HTML tag reference in the back of the book.
This book is not perfect, few are. Advanced users, as you can see from some of the other reviews, may find it lacking. For beginners and intermediate programmers like myself, it is terrific. It is the best book available on PHP and well worth the money.
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