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The authors use a Talmudic style to explore PHP's capabilities and explain them to their readers, meaning that they like to present code and commentary in close formation, with each enhancing the other. Typically, they'll present a capability generically and show the relevant code. Then they'll dig into variations on the theme, calling attention to required code alterations as they go. This is a book about PHP itself, so practically no attention is paid to PHP Builder or other development tools. Regardless, this book will help you solve programming challenges with PHP, and enable you to write efficient, attractive code. --David Wall
Topics covered: The PHP programming language, for people who are coming to PHP with a bit of programming experience in other languages or who want to expand their existing PHP knowledge beyond the basics. Sections deal with the core language, as well as HTTP session management, database connectivity (to MySQL and Oracle, as well as with PHP Extension and Application Repository--PEAR), graphics file manipulation, XML parsing, and PDF creation. There are instructions for building a PHP extension library in C, as well as a function reference and guide to existing extensions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Used this book to teach myself PHP and now continue to use it as a great reference.Published 11 months ago by TL
I bought this as a gift for my brother and he liked it and that it the extent of my knowledge of it.Published on November 27, 2012 by M. George
I bought this book with the intent to have it as my coding companion. I am disappointed. Besides some typos and messed up code (for example the date formats on page 407 are all... Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by Stanislav Gatev
I noticed the name of the creator of php and i was expecting a superb book on the language sort of like the c programming language. Boy was i wrong. Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by Joao Coelho
If you are like me you will be influenced to purchase this book mainly on the reputation of the publisher - O'Reilly. Read morePublished on October 20, 2010 by Cyrrilo
This book does exactly what I believe it is intended to do; Teach a new PHP programmer the basic syntax of the language and give insight into PHP's more language specific features. Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by Andrei Mouravski
The "Object Oriented" portion of the book is a terrible reference for PHP5 programming, as it uses examples based on PHP4, which won't work in PHP5. Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by Ian Young
I really liked the way this book was written. This book is written with so many examples that it really got my fundamentals clear. Read morePublished on March 20, 2010 by SM
As someone with a fair amount of programming experience already, I did not find this book too hard to read. It does, however, require some knowledge about programming in general. Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by S. Noedel