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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: musketeers.me, LLC (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973589825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973589825
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,271,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jason has been an IT professional for over ten years. He is currently the Manager of eBusiness for a Fortune 100 company. He has written several tutorials and articles for the Zend website and php|architect magazine, and has presented talks at numerous PHP conferences. He is also the author of "php|architect's Guide to PHP Patterns". He resides in Iowa with his wife and two children.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ekoka on December 12, 2006
First off I don't enjoy giving a bad mark to other people's effort. It's often too easy to put a tag value on something we had nothing to do with and even bad books are well intentioned. That been said, this book is far from being bad. The content is actually pretty good and Jason E. Sweat succeeds very well in explaining the patterns and their application in PHP. However, there's room for improvement and although I was really looking forward to give some kudos, I did have some issues with the book. I took some time to review it to help make it better in subsequent editions.

My opinions are made upon a few assumptions. Some may agree others may not, which is the point of a personal review, if you share my point of view chances are that you'll experience the same thing.

1) I presume that anyone deciding to learn about design patterns is probably serious about Object Oriented Programming and anyone serious about OOP in PHP should probably switch from PHP4 to PHP5. This book has been out for about a year and a half. PHP5 was already on course to acquire wide acceptance, yet Jason chose to code mainly in PHP4, which is clearly crippled in its OO implementation compared to PHP5.

This is not so much of an issue in chapters where pattern implementation is very similar in both versions, but at times the lack of true OO features in PHP4 made it tedious to go through the examples and I felt like just skipping the PHP4 parts and go straight to the PHP5 ones. It wasn's easy because only some of these examples have a PHP5 equivalent.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve Wainstead on October 24, 2005
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While you can do much better for a first book on design patterns if you are new to the topic (get O'Reilly's Head First Design Patterns), this book is a must-have for learning common patterns to problems PHP developers face.

A great strength of the book is the author's clear devotion to the other practices like test driven development and UML. These things do not get in the way of the book's intent; Sweat gives you code example after code example, and what could be better in a programming book?

Some reviewers are quick to jump on things like typos (there are a few) but grammar aside it's clear the author poured a lot of devotion into this book.

I also like that the book introduced me to patterns that are not covered in Head First or the Gang Of Four book, like the emminently useful Registry Pattern; there are also patterns to solve particular problems for the language, like the Value Pattern. If you've picked up a design patterns book in the past and were put off because all the examples are in Java, you owe it to yourself and your craft to pick this title up.

Next I want to see a book called "Refactoring PHP To Patterns"!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Willy Barro on January 11, 2012
The book starts fairly well but get lost after some pages. It focus a lot on tests - hey! TDD is great but it shouldn't have so much focus on a design patterns book.
Throughout the book you'll find lots of hackish PHP4 examples -which are useless now- and lots of badly written PHP5 examples (maybe because PHP5 were just beginning back then).
As I stated on the title, this book should've been good 7 years ago, but for now, it's outdated.
I really don't recommend this book if you understand at least 2 or 3 Design Patterns, or if you are serious about PHP OO programming.
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I'm relatively new to objects and design patterns and have been learning them for only the last 4 months. As most people know PHP 5 was the first iteration of a half way decent obeject implementation in PHP. Therefore there is just now beginning to be OO related design books on the market for this functionality. I've bought them all as my opinion is this on trumps the rest. It's not going to tell you much on object theory or PHP's object syntax. However when it comes to design architecture it's be best I've found for PHP specifically. Outside of that if you're looking for good Design Pattern and Architecture theory stuff you should start reading Java based books as there's some really good ones.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gustavo Sainz on January 30, 2006
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This book provides an quick insight of current OO patterns. Content is somewhat usefull, but related to much to testing patterns. It's good for a beginner programmer who want to start a project using OO.

The quality of the paper and ink is like a home made printed book. The price is too high for that quality.
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