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3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven level of presentation, February 4, 2011
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This review is from: AJAX and PHP: Building Modern Web Applications 2nd Edition (Paperback)
The first four chapters of AJAX and PHP provide simple, well-explained examples that are easy to learn from and easy to experiment with. Beginning with Chapter 5, the examples are suddenly an order of magnitude more complex. Chapter 5 contains new unexplained features that obstruct understanding. These include PHP classes; PHP session variables; the new (default) HTTP content type, application/x-www-form-urlencoded; HTML forms; and a new sophisticated HTTP request function that is useful either as an object constructor or as an ordinary JavaScript function. There are also some important topics that appear to be omitted altogether, such as user authentication.

I have learned a lot from this book but do not consider it suitable as a stand-alone introduction to AJAX and PHP.
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Initial post: Jul 5, 2011 9:40:09 PM PDT
Tony says:
What about for someone who already knows PHP and is trying to learn how to incorporate AJAX?

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 12:05:20 PM PDT
Yes, the book is aimed at people that know PHP and want to incorporate AJAX into their web apps.

I'm one of the book's authors and I find mr. Williams' review to be accurate, even though I think the book deserves 4 stars :-)

It's true there are some topics that we ommitted or presented only briefly - in a few cases by mistake, in some others because we thought the flow of the book was more important than some details.

In any case, I hope a little web documentation will be enough to be able to finish all the chapters successfully. If you get the book, I hope you'll enjoy reading it!

Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2011 12:51:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 4, 2011 6:31:57 PM PDT
Tony says:
To the author of this review, you might want to check out Beginning PHP 5.3 (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) for getting up to speed with PHP. I'm studying it right now. Even though "Beginning" is in the title, it's very comprehensive and should provide you with more than enough PHP knowledge. It starts at the beginning with "Hello, world!", and brings you through some pretty advanced topics that aren't normally covered in beginner-level PHP books, especially the object orientated side of things quite impressively.
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