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Product Details

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox Press (November 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861007434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861007438
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,530,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This book is positioned to fill the 'solutions' gap left behind by the theoretical offerings of the multitude of PHP books in the market. The intent is to extend the real world conversation started in those books,as well as to offer solid web application design techniques and solutions using PHP, databases, and markup languages. We assume that readers picking up this book have beginner to intermediate PHP quotient.

What this book covers:

*Creating an association directory using XML markup and a MySQL Database *Creating a BOMP Server using PHP with MySQL and PEAR::DB *Building a PDA/wireless Store Directory application using PHP-Lib *Creating a job board using PHP, WML,MySQL and Smarty *Building a paranormal news story server using PHP, MySQL, and Smarty *Creating a web corpus with simple PHP scripts *Building a classified ads board with PHP, MySQL and Smarty *Building both a simple and an advanced content management system using PHP, MySQL, and XML *Building a search engine for dynamic sites using PHP, MySQL, and PHP-Lib *Building a complete three-tier, multi-client wireless MyStuff server *Building a PHP/MySQL based Genealogy database server *Building a robust site architecture using the PostNuke content management system

About the Author

Raj Kumar Dash, aka Roo Hoo, is a computer consultant, freelance writer, and delusionally aspiring composer. He thanks his high school math and computer teacher Mr. Hamer, for the encouragement, and his parents for his existence, without which his portion of this book would have taken on some other form in the cosmic scheme of things.

Matt Anton (LAMP is literally his middle name) is a computer consultant and freelance writer. He has worked as a co-author on Professional Apache 2.0 and Professional PHP4 XML from Wrox Press. His technology interests include XML, Mac OS X, J2EE technologies, and other web site deployment issues

Bryan Waters, a freelance software developer specializing in web-based corporate information systems. He uses PHP, ASP, C++, and Java with database servers such as SQL Server, SQL Anywhere, and MySQL to develop distributed, stand-alone and CD-ROM software for the Medical, Hospitality, and Education industries. He has authored several books on technologies like MFC and OLE 2 and published articles in various trade magazines.

Alison Gianotto (better known in many dubious circles as "snipe") has been a professional geek for 8 years, and has been working with PHP for approximately 4 years. Prior to moving to San Diego to accept the position of technical director at a prominent web development firm, she taught advanced web programming and computer graphics in Brooklyn, NY.

Jo Henrik Endrerud is a developer currently living in Skien, Norway.Jo Henrik is a long time Linux developer, currently working on the Open Source content management system: eZ publish. He has been working on projects ranging from small company websites to multilingual sites with hundreds of thousand of articles, where he has done everything from systems integration to project management.

Daniel Solin is a technical writer, reviewer, consultant, and programmer and Linux?enthusiast from Sweden. He has been programming Linux applications and web pages since 1994, and has in this time obtained a broad experience of most technologies used in these areas. When it comes to writing, Daniel has written a book about developing applications using Qt, a C++ GUI library, and he has also been a co-author for several books about Linux. From time to time, he also writes articles about bleeding-edge web development or programming in general. For the last two years, Daniel has been developing various software for one of Europe's largest ISPs.

Jon Stephens is American technical writer, reviewer, and site developer now living and working in Australia. He works with a number of web technologies, including PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, XML, and ASP (occasionally). He's co-authored 5 previous books on various topics in Web development; this is his third for Wrox Press. Jon was a community leader at the Builder Buzz web development forums for several years, and is now a co-administrator for the new HiveMinds.Info project.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Williams on April 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Wrox Press seem to have become masters at putting together volumes from a large number of authors. This 600-page volume is another example. This way of working does have some drawbacks, there is a little repetition of some basic stuff throughout the book, but not enough to truly detract from it.
The book, after some expository material, details 11 projects of increasing complexity. They use PHP, MySQL, PEAR::DB, Smarty and PHPLib. The target audience, according to the book jacket, are programmers who already have a good knowledge of PHP, SQL Databases and XML. Frankly, I think they overdo the amount of experience you need to use and benefit from this book. If you are on top of all those topics well enough to consider yourself "professional" then this book may be too simple. If, on the other hand, you are, like me, conversant with PHP and SQL but would like to take yourself up to "professional" use of technologies like XML, templating and WAP enabling then this book will be good.
The book is stuffed full of code examples -- and while you can download them in a ZIP file of over 3Mb you shouldn't think of this book as a "cookbook" as such. It shows various methods for performing most of the tasks you need to build solid backend web site systems to deal with a large variety of data. The projects cover importing and exporting of XML, messaging systems, forums, content management, using templates for both HTML and WML, search facilities and both simple and complex content management among other topics.
One thing I did appreciate about this book is how much they left out. No coverage of PHP fundamentals, SQL fundamentals and simple stuff like web forms might be covered once, at most. I certainly didn't need another book on my shelves explaining the basics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Peach on December 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
I ordered a copy of the "Professional PHP 4 web Development Solutions WROX", along with a copy of the "PHP Cookbook ORA" . Upon reading both these books, i thought i should offer a honest review comparing the two:
Both the books were informative in their own right
o The WROX book offered complete solutions to real world problems - a Simple/advanced CMS (the core of which you can plug into your site), a simple search engine, a classified ads board, and lots of cool creative case study solutions that i could extend to use in my hobby sites. The content was very enterprising and all of the solutions presented are the most popular one's amongst web developers these days. More interesting is that these solutions can be completely re-used and extended into your projects. However, the downside of this book is that you would need to have prior PHP knowledge either picked up from WROX' Professional PHP 4 (as is mentioned as a pre-requisite in the book) or from the Programming PHP ORA, or any another competent professional PHP programming books in the market.
o The ORA book had small snippets of code based solutions (very similar to the PHP Developers cookbook from Sterling and Andrei) that are very useful for programmers who are confounded with small to medium coding problems. However, there was nothing enterprising about the coverage, that one could not achieve from using a combination of the online docs + mailing lists. Another downside was that i could not find full solutions that i could re-use in my projects.
On the Other hand, i found
So the bottomline is:
oCare for a full meal - Pick up the Wrox book.
oCare for an appetiser - Pick up the ORA book.
I am posting this same review for both the books (so customers can benefit from it). However, i have ranked the Wrox book, a notch above this one, simply because i wanted a burp:-)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Danny Flanagan on January 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Folks - i bought this book after i read Manuel Lemos' review of the same. It pretty much summed up,all that i thought about this book (after i put it down). I thought i should share the same here for the benefit of amazon[.com] customers. Here goes:
"Manuel Lemos, December 15, 2002
Often learning by example is the fastest and easier way to learn for many people. This is particularly true for people willing to learn how to develop solutions that solve their software needs. This is the focus of the book PHP4 Web Development solutions.
This book presents with great detail solutions for a significant number of common types of Web applications. These are not at all trivial applications. These are applications that address the needs of many sites.
The list applications is long but I will try to summarize the topic that they address and represent more frequent needs of people developing Web applications. Those applications implement: directory of subscribers of a site, online messaging, online multimedia content publishing, WAP applications for mobile devices, job board, classified ads board, a search engine and a portal.
Most applications are database driven and come with detailed database schema definition with detailed explanations on the purpose of the tables and their relationships.
These database applications use PEAR::DB as API. However, all of them are MySQL specific. This means that they may need to be adapted to work with other types of databases because currently PEAR::DB does not provide complete database independence support as it would be needed.
Most applications use either Smarty or PHPlib packages to render the user interfaces from template page files.
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