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Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours (3rd Edition) Paperback – December 26, 2003

ISBN-13: 075-2063326190 ISBN-10: 0672326191 Edition: 3rd
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Consisting of 24 one-hour lessons, Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours is divided into five sections that guide the reader through the language from the basics to the advanced functions.

The first section of the book teaches the fundamentals of PHP. And then, building upon what has been taught in the first section, sections two through four shows the reader how to apply that knowledge in order to interact with the user by creating and managing forms, cookies and authentication. It also teaches how to access databases and how to integrate system components, e-mail, LDAP, network sockets and much more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Matt Zandstra is a writer and consultant specializing in server programming. With his business partner, Max Guglielmino, he runs Corrosive (http://www.corrosive.co.uk), a technical agency that plans, designs and builds Internet applications. Matt is interested in all aspects of object-oriented programming and is currently exploring enterprise design patterns for PHP 5. When he is not reading, writing or thinking about coding in PHP and Java, Matt shoots alien invaders in the park with his four-year-old daughter Holly. He lives by the sea in Brighton, Great Britain, with his partner Louise McDougall and their children Holly and Jake.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 3 edition (December 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672326191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672326196
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gene Ballard on February 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
3rd edition Published (December 16, 2003)
ISBN: 0672326191 Covers PHP 4.3

First I'd like to mention that a lot of these reviews are from earlier versions of this book which makes reviewing this Third Edition very difficult. So it may be safe to disregard reviews dated before 12/16/03.

This is an excellent book for beginners who know nothing about programming. However you must know XHTML before beginning this book. I have about 5 "Beginning" PHP books and this one is the best by far.

The author has a very clean, straight forward writing style as he teaches the very basics of php and programming fundamentals including Object Oriented Programming. This book is a solid and comprehensive piece of work. It is by no means a "Shortcut" to learning PHP. If you want a solid understanding of PHP, this is the book.

Something to note is that this book focuses on teaching the reader how to program and does not have comprehensive example applications. Rather, it has basic examples for each section that help keep the pace streamlined.

After reading this book, you'll wont to get something like, The PHP Anthology By Harry Fuecks Vol. 1&2... or PHP and MySQL Web Development, Second Edition by Luke Welling, Laura Thomson. These books will teach you by example and are excellent.

A note to beginners... Learning to program can be very difficult. Unless you are some kind of genius, you must be dedicated and patient with your quest. Programming is a totally different way of thinking and there is a lot to learn... I think this book is a great way to learn PHP and to learn how to program in general.

Good Luck!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David L Neil on November 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
Not the first PHP book I've read. Good coverage of the incredible width of PHP facilities. Short on suggesting practical coding exercises. Sample code available (if you can find it).
However (in common with most other PHP texts)it has already been overtaken by change/developments (book (c)2002, claims to be release 4.0.5 'aware'). From releases 4.1.0/4.2.0 the (PHP.INI) register_globals directive has been set to 'off' by default, and recommended to be kept that way for security reasons. Doing so will 'break' the first practical chapter ("Working with PHP") Hour 9 (Forms), and impacts Hours 13, 20, 24 to a lesser degree (and possibly others) - per hundreds of cries for help on PHP Internet discussion lists.
Either wait for a book that refers to this MAJOR change in PHP, carefully study the PHP ChangeLog (not for the faint-hearted or raw beginners!), or trawl the discussion list archives to teach yourself about the new 'superglobals'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Scott O'keefe on January 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have 8-10 years of experience with VB(A) as a hobbyist programmer (ergo no college training). I understand OO Programming to a degree, at least as far as I have used it, and now wanting to move into web application development I believe PHP is that key. However, the language is so vast. There are an unlimited number of functions both internal and user-created that handle an insane number of programming situations. I needed something to walk me through the basics... this book did that, is doing that, and will probably continue to do that. Beyond that it also touches on some important features to wet-your-whistle, so-to-speak. Smarty and XML and XSL to name a few. Excellent book, I recommend it for beginners and intermediate users alike... beginners, don't read past what you understand... and all will go well!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 17, 2005
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I have a small shelf filled with PHP books. They all helped me a little bit (perhaps I'm just a slow learner.) But it wasn't until I worked through the 24 lessons in this book that I finally began to feel that I was getting a firm grip on the fundamentals of writing solid PHP code. This is the book that turned me from a bumbling amateur to someone on a respectable intermediate level, completely comfortable with reading through more advanced books on PHP (books that go beyond the usual: "here's how to build a simple shopping cart.")

If you're starting out with PHP, I'd recommend that you start with this book of 24 lessons. By the end you'll actually feel competent and that you are sure-footedly headed toward the goal of mastery!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Clemmons on May 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've been doing web design for years. I'm fluent with CSS, HTML, Flash, and some ColdFusion & Java.
I've attempted to learn ASP, but the complexity overwhelmed me.
A friend of mine recommended this book.
I think it is GREAT for getting you up and going with PHP. I quickly jumped ahead to the MySQL and XML sections and now i have a database up & working on my site. Piece of cake. One problem: They don't tell you how to create the actual database.
But its not hard, just say mysql_query( "CREATE blah blah" ). They give you the create tag to put in. Otherwise, great, concise, simple source. They explain everything they did in the code. I dunno how this isn't meant for beginners, because i didn't know the first thing about PHP.
If you're a beginner CODER, atleast get grounded in C and move to some OOP (Object Oriented Programming) language first. PHP is like ColdFusion had a kid with Basic. :) It's really not hard at all. Learn by example, and get this book.
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