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Secure PHP Development: Building 50 Practical Applications Paperback – May 9, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0764549663 ISBN-10: 0764549669

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 903 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (May 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764549669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764549663
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,753,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Your in-depth guide to designing and developing secure PHP applications

It’s a hacker’s dream come true: over one million Web sites are now vulnerable to attack through recently discovered flaws in the PHP scripting language. So how do you protect your site? In this book, bestselling author Mohammed Kabir provides all the tools you’ll need to close this security gap. He presents a collection of 50 secure PHP applications that you can put to use immediately to solve a variety of practical problems. And he includes expert tips and techniques that show you how to write your own secure and efficient applications for your organization.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Implement the featured applications in business environments such as intranets, Internet Web sites, and system administrations
  • Develop e-mail and intranet solutions using PHP
  • Determine the importance of certain coding practices, coding styles, and coding security requirements
  • Follow the entire process of each PHP application life cycle from requirements, design, and development to maintenance and tuning.
  • Use PHP in groupware, document management, issue tracking, bug tracking, and business applications
  • Mature as a PHP developer by using software practices as part of your design, development, and software life cycle decisions
  • Improve the performance of PHP applications

The companion CD-ROM contains:

  • 50 ready-to-use PHP applications
  • Searchable e-version of the book
  • The latest versions of PHP, Apache, and MySQL™

About the Author

MOHAMMED J. KABIR is the founder and CEO of Evoknow, Inc., a company specializing in customer relationship management software development. His previous books include Red Hat® Security and Optimization, Red Hat® Linux® 7 Server, Red Hat® Linux® Administrator’s Handbook, Red Hat® Linux® Survival Guide, and Apache 2 Server Bible (all from Wiley).

More About the Author

Mohammed Junayed Kabir (prefers to be called Kabir) was born in Bangladesh in 1971. He came to Sacramento, CA in 1990 to study computer engineering and has been living in Sacramento since then. His first book CGI Primer was written in 1995 and published in 1996. Kabir continued to write a dozen more books on Linux, Apache, MySQP/PHP, etc. over the last decade. He decided to stop writing technical books for publishers as he found the publishing process to be outdated and feels technical writing is best done in online format where changes, revisions and updates are up to speed with technologies that are written about.

Kabir is working on few new online titles: Virtual CIO for Small Business -- an online book to help small businesses make better technology decisions; The Software Company in a Box; Smart Sourcing Software for Small Companies -- a guide to help small businesses identify software needs, learn how to engage and manage small software projects using common sense tools and methodologies.

Kabir's company, EVOKNOW (short for Evolutionary Knowledge), focuses on building Web apps that help customers find initial user base and the kick-off buzz needed to launch new products and services. Kabir can be reached at

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Secondly, the source code does not run out of the box.
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Possibly the worst job of copy editing I've ever seen in any book--and regrettably, I read a lot of badly edited books.
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Don't waste your good money and time supporting this sloppy effort.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Caplan on July 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
I normally like to be charitable, but this publication really has nothing to recommend it. Don't touch it with a bargepole.
It's a book about secure, object orientated PHP applications by a guy who doesn't understand security, doesn't understand OOP and can't write.
Despite the title "Secure PHP", there are whole classes of security exploits which are not even mentioned. There is no comprehensive and authoritative discussion of security at any point.
The code samples are poorly laid out, riddled with errors, littered with notes to the author from the technical reviewer, and astonishingly repetitive. You will often get large chunks of code repeated many times just to show changes in a couple of lines buried somewhere in the middle.
Not that the code is worth the effort of reading. The design is often naive, the organisation unclear and the coding practices poor.
For example, he uses a naming convention for constants ($MY_CONSTANT) rather than defining proper constants as provided for by the PHP language via define().
Another example: on page 41 he exhorts his readers to use good naming standards. Yet the abstract application class that forms the core of the book is full of method names such as: name() number() currency() show_status()... I could go on. There are dozens of other equally cryptic examples.
The copy editing and proofreading is the worst I have ever seen in a technical book: it is a disgrace to the profession. There is a grammatical error in the second sentence! Here is a sample of what you can expect, from the 3rd page:
"Next, you need to consider how user interfaces will be presented and how can you allow for maximum customization that can be done without changing your core code.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "grumpychris" on June 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I saw this book at the local bookstore (one of only 10 PHP related books in stock), I thought, "Awesome! I've been looking for some more securing applications techniques." It turned out to be a big let down.
The book is roughtly 750 pages (large print), the first 50 or so was an introduction and gave a few bad examples vs. good examples of code (which was good, and actually made me think the rest of the book was going to be good), then jumped directly into "here's 650 pages worth of class based applications for you to use". The last 40-50 pages of the book was a chapter called something to the effect of "Optimizing and Securing PHP". Of the whole book, this was the most dissapointing aspect, split equally between the 2 topics. I thought the whole book was going to be about writing secure PHP, not just 20 pages.
Even the sample code they gave was in my opinion, poor. The author encouraged a strong misuse of OOP, having every single script have its own class dedicated to it. For example, one of the 50 "ready to use applications" was for handling users for their intranet. They wrote a class with methods for updating the user's information, adding a user, selecting the user's email address from the database, etc. The goal of OOP is to be abstract so that it can be used in more than one area, something the author didn't bother to learn before he wrote this book.
Even the optimizing portion of the last chapter was a big let down. It felt like there was really only one example of code optimization. The rest of the pages explained how to make a particular PEAR script do a speed test on your code. How is that supposed to help me if I'm not even certain how to write it more efficiently?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andre Audet on June 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read the first Chapter of this book and that was enough to know that this book is no good. The examples are not well explained and when it comes to try the code, it doesn't work. Don't waste your money on this!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John A. ODONOVAN on May 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
This looks like a good object-oriented framework for building PHP apps, but what is up with the restrictive license that accompanies the programming examples in the book? (see the back page of the book, and the license.txt file on the disk)
"You may not (i) rent or lease the Software, (ii) copy or reproduce the software through a LAN or other network system or through any computer subscriber system or bulletin- board system, or (iii) modify, adapt, or create derivative works based on the Software."
I've never seen a book try to restrice the programming examples in this way.
Stay away if you intend to build professional products. There are many other frameworks available for PHP OOP.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
The horror. The horror. This book is just a big disappointment. After 2 weeks of giving it a chance, I found out that there are several security holes in the php scripts. I will not reveal them here, but I will give you one hint: javascript. "Secure PHP Development"...yeah right. This book contains mostly cut and paste scripts that haven't even been reviewed. Lots of redundent functions and script errors. Even worse, it violates the most fundamental rule in programming. That is documentation. There are no documentation in the scripts. You will have to enter them yourself. Oh, by the way, this framework he designed doesn't run on windows. It is written for Linux, although when you buy it there are no obviouse hints to tell you this.
God help you if you buy it.
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