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.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in PHP development.
This book is fairly shallow in content and much of the information that you need is actually buried in the text instead of being presented as a topic unto itself.
I highly recommend it to anyone who needs to learn the PHP programming language as well as those that know the basics and want to put the language to work.
I bought this as a gift for my brother and he liked it and that it the extent of my knowledge of it.Published 24 months ago 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
This book is more like a PHP dictionary. It's really not good for a new PHP programmer. But once you get familiar with this language and start your own project, you will find it's... Read morePublished on April 19, 2009 by Newbee1