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Spring Into PHP 5 Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0131498624 ISBN-10: 0131498622

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (April 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131498622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131498624
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,750,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The fastest route to true PHP mastery!

So...you've been asked to pitch in on a PHP project...starting now. Or maybe one's on the horizon. Or maybe you need to get real PHP skills onto your résumé. You've done web stuff. Maybe used other scripting languages. Now you want to get productive with PHP, fast.

Welcome. We wrote this book for you. We'll leverage what you already know, so you'll go further, faster than you ever expected.

You'll get the real nuts and bolts, not theory or hooey. You'll learn through dozens of focused examples: tested for reliability, crafted for clarity, easy to adapt for your own projects.

Need specific solutions? This book's modular, high-efficiency format delivers them—instantly. Award-winning author Steven Holzner draws on his unparalleled experience teaching programming: No other PHP guide covers this much, this well, this quickly. Dig in, get started, get results—today!

  • All you need to succeed with PHP in Linux or Windows

  • Master core concepts: operators, flow control, strings, arrays, functions, and more

  • Learn essential web techniques: cookies, session management, automated email, FTP, and more

  • Use PHP 5's object model and object-oriented techniques

  • Efficiently handle text boxes, buttons, and other HTML controls

  • Create web forms, validate user input, and check browsers

  • Work with MySQL and other databases

Includes concise PHP 5 language and functional references!

All the book's programming examples are available for download on the companion web site.

Spring Into is a new series of fast-paced tutorials from Addison-Wesley. Each book in the series is designed to bring you up-to-speed quickly. Complex topics and technologies are reduced to their core components, and each component is treated with remarkable efficiency in one- or two-page spreads. Just the information you need to begin working...now! And because the books are example-rich and easy to navigate, you'll find that they make great on-the-job references after you've mastered the basics.


© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Steven Holzner has been writing about online programming since before the Internet became the Internet. He's worked extensively with PHP and many other online languages and is the author of 88 programming books. His books have included many bestsellers, have sold more than two million copies worldwide, and have been translated into 18 languages. He's also been a contributing editor for PC Magazine. His specialties include online programming topics such as PHP, Perl, JavaServer Pages, servlets, and others.


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More About the Author

Steven Holzner is an award-winning author who has written extensively on Ajax and JavaScript. With over 100 titles published, he's sold over a million copies of his books and been translated into 16 languages. As a former faculty member of MIT and Cornell, he teaches corporate seminars around the country.

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I found the book to be very clear.
Jeanne Boyarsky
A good technical book should both lay all of the technical fundamentals, and then provide direction in how these fundamentals should be applied in the real world.
Jack D. Herrington
This book 'Spring Into PHP' is honestly the best PHP book I've purchased.
Jesse B.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Mills on August 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've been programming in c/c++ and java for 6 years now and recently at work was asked to give a facelift to our intranet site. Without this book I do not think I would have been able to complete all the requested task in such a short amount of time.

This is probably one of the most well written php books I've ever read. Steven Holzner did a perfect job bringing the nuts and bolts of PHP to the world in such a clear and concise manner. The books pace is perfect for a newbie into the PHP world and though technical is very easy to read and understand. Through this book I was able to give our intranet site an overhaul and add features to it in no time, leaving me plenty of time to focus on other projects.

If you need a quick jump start into PHP programming look no further.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randy Given on June 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is a great starter. The approach is just as clear as the text is. It gets you into the meat of things right away, yet you don't feel overwhelmed.

Yes, MySql is introduced towards the back and is hand-in-hand with PHP on almost every system that has one or the other. Your websites are bound to quickly become better looking, faster, and easier on resources. I wish I had gotten this book when I first started learning PHP. Great idea for new PHP developers and staff.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on May 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Spring Into PHP 5" is a primer on the latest version of the popular server-based scripting language, PHP. It is part of a new "Spring Into" series of books from Prentice Hall which intend to provide concise, fast-paced tutorials for new and developing technologies primarily for non-professionals and those professionals who need or want a quick and easy way to transition to new technology.

The author, Steven Holzner, is a prolific writer on technology, having penned 88 programming books as well as being a contributor to PC Magazine. His intent here is to make a technological topic like PHP scripting accessible, especially for novices who have little familiarity with web-related language other than HTML. He states an intent to produce "as good a book on PHP as can be". This is a good book but lacks depth and completeness and does not cover many practical uses of PHP. There is minimal discussion of security issues. There are other publications which would complement this book. The examples of PHP scripts are very simple and sometimes not practical.

The structure of the book is represented in nine chapters covering the basics of PHP for web designers. Each chapter is separately divided into "chunks" - bite-sized pieces of material - supported by examples and illustrated code snips. Each chunk is only about 1-2 pages long and is meant to be a self-contained "module", while building upon others in the book. Downloadable code examples are available at (...).

Holzner starts by briefly describing the why and how of PHP and quickly moves to installation issues. The following chapters cover the essentials of using PHP on a modest-sized website. The concepts of PHP are explained first - the terms, operations, syntax, components, and more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on August 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm new to PHP, and chose this book because I had good results with "Spring Into: HTML & CSS". The chunks are clear and concise with lots of examples. I've learned a lot from this book, but keep having trouble with errors in the script. After going over (and over) the code, I started realizing that it was typos in the book coding itself-not user error! Being new to PHP, constant typos make the learning process more drawn out and frustrating! I'm ready to get a different book so I don't have to struggle through the typos (at half way into the book, I've found over a dozen). There are some good things to get out of this book; but is it worth the frustration?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Boyarsky on May 11, 2005
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"Spring into PHP 5" is a good book for those new to programming. Readers need a very basic knowledge of HTML. Anything intermediate, like forms, is explained. Programmers (especially those who know Perl) can still learn PHP from this book since each section is clearly marked. They should just be prepared to skim a lot.

Books in this series consist of one to two page "chunks" grouped into chapters. Each chunk builds on previous ones, which provides for a nice flow. The chunks make it easy to understand what readers should get out of each section. Each chunk contains examples to apply these concepts. Many chunks also include screenshots of the input/output.

I found the book to be very clear. The appendices provide an excellent language reference. My only real complaint is that the book could use some best practices. Especially on when not to use a language features. All in all, the book is WYSIWYG. It lets you "spring into PHP" and get started very quickly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
An experienced programmer who does not know PHP 5 should be able to use this book to get up to speed within a few days. Holzner presents a concise and logical unfolding of PHP, and without taking 1000 pages to do so.

The first 4 chapters are about using the basic syntax. Much the same as several other languages like C or C++. The if-else and switch statements will look similar to what you're already used to, for example. There are the open and closing notations for a code block to get used to. But this is pretty simple.

The real point to the language is given in later chapters, on handling HTML in web pages and making forms and being able to validate these. Here, you really need prior acquaintance with web servers and HTML, to fully appreciate what Holzner explains about PHP.

He also gives more advanced usages. Where PHP can be written in an object oriented manner. A relatively recent thing in PHP. Also, he shows how to hook up PHP to a back end relational database. For the latter, he chooses MySQL. But Postgresql or any other RDB could probably also do just as well.
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