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The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks Paperback – October 30, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0975841990 ISBN-10: 0975841998 Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Anthology
  • Paperback: 542 pages
  • Publisher: SitePoint; Second Edition edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975841998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975841990
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The PHP Anthology takes the most common problems posted by PHP developers in many discussion lists, forums and newsgroups and shows you how to solve them using modern PHP-coding practices. Along with detailed discussion of the key issues involved in solving specific problems, The PHP Anthology promotes development using PHP’s Object Oriented Programming (OOP) features and popular Open Source libraries.

All solutions and code in the books have been reviewed and approved by today’s top PHP experts, including Kevin Yank, author of the best-selling "Build Your Own Database-Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL". In other words, you can be assured that the books will show you how to develop rock solid, secure applications in the most efficient way possible.

The PHP Anthology can serve as a reference book to over 100 common problems, or if you want to read it cover-to-cover, it can serve as tutorial on advanced PHP coding techniques. Either way, it will provide you with unique insight to help you drastically improve your development techniques, cut down on needless lines of code and avoid potential security pitfalls. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Chris Smith on January 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
Having bought a few beginner's books on PHP and written a basic CMS for my Website, I was ready to move to the step. What I didn't want is a reference book or a 800 page theory & fluff book that I would never finish reading -- much less use.
Being a previous customer of this publisher, I got an offer to pre-order the book. Since it sounded like it fit the bill and I got a discount for buying both Volume I & II, I decided to go ahead with it.
Having read through half of the first volume, and skimmed through the second volume, I can definitely say that this title has met my expectations. There's quite a few ideas that I can put to use right away, plus I found quite a few things that I now want to offer to my site visitors that this book will make possible.
Because of the way the book is written, I don't have to read through it front to back. I can flip to specific sections, and in a few pages, learn to accomplish a specific task. This is one PHP book - or I should say books - that gets my thumbs up. It's definitely going to get put to good use over the next few weeks.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By H. van Emde Boas on April 22, 2004
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This is a great book!
I bought about 10 PHP books to help me with a web project involving MySQL/PHP. I am a professional Java developer, therefore the principles of PHP are not hard to grasp. Still, everything is different in PHP, and before I saw this book I had the impression that the majority of PHP developers are hacking, cutting and pasting examples into procedural code at random.
After getting started using "PHP and MySQL Web Develpment" by Luke Wellling and Laura Thompson (highly recommended) this book brought me to a level that I can now clain to be a professional PHP programmer too.
This book clearly shows that it is possible to develop PHP in an organized way, using proper design, good object-oriented principles and design patterns (in vol.II). Besides that, there are many practical tips about things I found really difficult as Java programmer: magical quotes, .ini file settings, & references, file downloads, paging result tables, etc. etc. The book is clearly written and answers every question from the standpoint of how to do something using good design and how to write code that is maintainable, extensible and reusable.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Adam Gough on January 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I really wasn't sure what to expect with the book, my shelves are already packed with a stack of good PHP books that I've read through once, got a few good gems of info from, put on the shelf, and never touch again.

It was the title that got me first interested in this book, sort of like the greatest hits of PHP which, in theory, is a book that I expected to get a little more use from.

I'm happy to say that this book delivered on it's promise and them some.

The difference between this book and say some of the other more tutorial style PHP books I own is that it doesn't follow the one size fits all approach. It actually explains solutions to problems that your able to adapt you your own world. I downloaded the code from the books website which made my life even easier.

It's organized into stack of little mini tutorials covering most of the challenges you'll face if you're programming with PHP. I didn't read this from cover-to-cover but more jumped straight to some of the specific sections that I was keen to learn about. The layout and design of this book enables you to jump around from section to section easily.

I'm now finding myself going back to this book time and time again as new problems crop up, just today I had to solve a caching issue and violia a nice little example of exactly what I needed was there in chapter 11. It saved me a stack of time so I thought I'd use it to write this review.

It's also worth noting that chapter 1 contains a nicely written introduction to object-oriented PHP and is worth a read if your just starting with PHP and everyone should read chapter 13. Even though I've been programming in PHP for a while now this chapter opened my eyes to why I experience some of the frustrations I do...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris Smith on January 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
While I wouldn't read this book cover-to-cover, it makes a very handy and current reference title for any intermediate PHP programmer.

100 Solutions, neatly divided into 13 chapters, make it very quick to find what I was looking for. The downloadable code from the publishers website also helped a great deal and saved me some time.

I found the security checklist at the back of the book particularly useful and helped me pinpoint and solve some potential vulnerbilities. Chapter 13 on best practices was also a clear standout in my mind, as it covers PHP coding best practices and helped me improve how I work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Brazell on April 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
With so many books on the market instructing users on dummy approaches to just about everything, it is good to see that Sitepoint has raised the bar, once again, in the technical instruction arena. In continuing the legacy established with "Build Your Own Website Using PHP & MySQL" and "HTML Utopia:Designing Without Tables Using CSS", they have taken a
complex and oft misunderstood approach to coding and presented PHP in a dymystified way that is easy to understand, exciting to conceptualize and practical in application. Harry Fuecks brings a great deal of experience and leadership to Sitepoint, giving the users a way to take linear procedural code and turn it into reusable objects for easier coding. These books will sit on my "favorites" shelf within arms reach of my computer for a long time to come. Kudos, Sitepoint, on yet another stellar release.
~Aaron Brazell, Emmense Technologies
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