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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Information, April 24, 2006
This review is from: Beginning PHP and PostgreSQL 8: From Novice to Professional (Beginning: From Novice to Professional) (Paperback)
Divided into two parts, Beginning PHP and PostgreSQL 8 teaches all the fundamentals of these two technologies from the ground up. Part One is a massive text that covers absolutely everything about PHP: installation, data types, PEAR, Smarty, Objects, and more.

Part Two is all about PostgreSQL. Though it's much shorter than Part One, it's just as feature packed. Installation, client utilities, advanced data types, triggers, views, and interfacing with PHP are just some of the topics covered.

This book definitely has a lot of content. If read from beginning to end, there's no doubt that any newcomer will have a better understanding about these two technologies. I do have one complaint though: I found the style of writing to be too much like a reference manual. Although this /is/ a technical book, I think a different approach would appeal more to beginners. Maybe content with more events and actions to build full projects would help. Other than that, I think this is a great book for beginners - especially those curious about PostgreSQL.
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