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Upgrading to PHP 5 Paperback – July 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0596006365 ISBN-10: 0596006365 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596006365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596006365
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All that's new in PHP 5

About the Author

Adam Trachtenberg has an MBA from Columbia Business School. At business school, he focused on general management and operations, with an emphasis on the field of technology. Adam also has a BA from Columbia University. As an undergraduate, he majored in mathematics and his other studies included computer science and Chinese. Before returning to school, he co-founded and served as Vice President for Development at two companies, Student.Com and TVGrid.Com. At both firms, he led the front- and middle-end web site design and development, worked on corporate planning and strategy, and served as liaison between the product and marketing teams. During study breaks, Adam enjoys playing squash, reading fiction, and eating in New York City's many wonderful restaurants. He wishes he was a better at playing pool, knew the constellations, and was handy around the house.


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Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of Platform Product Management at eBay. Before eBay, Trachtenberg co-founded and served as vice president for development at two companies, Student.Com and TVGrid.Com. At both firms, he led the front- and middle-end web site design and development. Trachtenberg began using PHP in 1997, and is the author of Upgrading to PHP 5 and coauthor of PHP Cookbook, both published by O'Reilly Media. He lives in San Francisco, California, and has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Foti Massimo on September 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
Being fairly proficient on PHP 4 but looking for more info on version 5, the idea of getting books on PHP 5 that, once again, starts from scratch wasn't exciting at all. This book instead was exactly what I needed, it assume you know PHP 4 and covers only the new features with a good amount of details and a bunch of useful suggestions for code migration. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that in the chapters covering OOP and DOM the author try to explain the new functionalities but also attempt to throw in the mix more generic info on this two topics. The end results are somewhat mixed, the coverage of PHP 5 is, in my opinion, very good, but the material about OOP and DOM instead aren't up to the rest and does more harm than good.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam S on August 5, 2004
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This is a fantastic book. I frequently find that when an existing developer buys a book, he/she has to sort through all the garbage review in the beginning. This book assumes you are a competent PHP4 programmer. Then it takes you step by step through new PHP5 syntax and features that are unique to PHP5. It reviews and explains Object Oriented Programming (OOP), then discusses a variety of PHP5-only concepts, like SimpleXML and SQLite.

I recently installed a PHP5 server and this book has been by my side since. All PHP4 developers who expect to use PHP5 within the next year or so should really have a copy of this book handy.
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I purchased this book when PHP5 first came out. It got me up to speed on the new features in PHP5 really quickly. Don't get this book if you're new to PHP.
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By Dave on January 12, 2012
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PHP5 has been out for many years now, so this book might seem somewhat irrelevant to today's programmers. But this book is still a valuable addition to the intermediate PHP programmer's bookshelf. The first time I read this book (years ago) I was still programming strictly for PHP4 and had never touched OO programming in PHP. I had a basic understanding of what it was, but I had never tried to use it. This book gave me the logical and practical introduction to OO programming in PHP that I needed. I still take a peek at this book every now and then to refresh my memory on some of the language constructs that I may not use very often. This has probably been one of the most helpful PHP books I have ever purchased.
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