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4.0 out of 5 stars should "Aliro" also have been in the title ?, June 26, 2008
This review is from: PHP 5 CMS Framework Development: Expert insight and practical guidance to creating an efficient, flexible, and robust framework for a PHP 5-based content management system (Paperback)
Perhaps "Aliro" should have been in the title? It is the name of a CMS written by the author in PHP5. The entire book can be considered as a case study in how and why to use PHP5 for writing web applications. As opposed to perhaps using PHP4 or another server side scripting language.

The book delves into detailed aspects of Aliro and how it can be customised by you for your particular CMS needs.

En route, Brampton also offers good, general advice about programming, not necessarily even restricted to PHP5. Consider patterns as one example. This is now a dominant paradigm amongst many programmers. He does not argue against patterns or their merit, but cautions that an overdependence might ironically constrain your thinking and subsequent design in ways that avoid finding an optimal solution. I don't recall any recently published book that I have read which even goes so far as to circumspectly say this caveat about them.

Another item of good advice is to warn you against letting your PHP code run dynamically generated code (using "eval"). Dynamic code has a nice conceptual allure and is indeed powerful. But especially when such code might include user supplied input, and where, remember, the code is being run server-side, then there are huge security problems. Don't even think about using dynamic code.

Also, we see that Aliro uses Role Based Access Control. Mostly by partitioning off some key tasks into those only done by an adminstrator. Brampton claims (rightly I believe) that this enhances the security, given the realities of a CMS having multiple users of varying capabilities and intentions remotely accessing it.
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Initial post: Jan 29, 2012 8:33:49 AM PST
AwesomeElder says:
You're so full of it. Everyone knows that you don't really read any of the books you review.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 10:58:16 AM PST
Joensuu says:
W Boudville provides reviews of books he has glanced at;-)
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