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CodeIgniter for Rapid PHP Application Development: Improve your PHP coding productivity with the free compact open-source MVC CodeIgniter framework! 1st Ed. Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
And now, there are two books out on CodeIgniter. I purchased both books, read this one from cover to cover, and am 1/3 of the way through the "Professional CodeIgniter" book, which is much slower going. I figure folks might want to know the difference before they buy.
"CodeIgniter for Rapid PHP..." is a detailed overview of CodeIgniter. First, I have to disagree with the previous reviewer. This book does not walk you through a complete application. There is part of an application in Chap 13 & 14, but that's it. This is an overview book. It is more verbose than the User's Guide, and arranges the topics in a different, perhaps, more understandable format. This is a reading book. You're not meant to sit at your computer, and input the code with this book. Instead the code is presented in a "how to do this" type of format, and now, let's move on to the next topic. There is not a consistent application throughout the book that glues all the chapters together. This could be a reference for CodeIgniter, except I wish it had a better Index. For example, there is no Model topic under M in the Index which lists only "Menu" under "M." In contrast, "Professional CodeIgniter" lists 24 subtopics under "Model" in its Index.
Having gone through the negatives, I still rate this book 4 stars, because it is very readable, and there is value to be gained from the read. It's an excellent detailed overview.Read more ›
As soon as I got a grasp on what it was doing and why, I dove into the excellent User Guide and began to feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This felt like home. The user guide is written in such a non-intimidating manner that it invites even the most timid of PHP developers. To this day, I still refer to the user guide when I forget specific syntax or function names and it's a guick in-and-out routine. Nothing at all complex about it.
Not too long ago I came across a book by Packt Publishing called 'CodeIgniter for Rapid PHP Application Development'. At first, I thought to myself, "Why?". The combination of the user guide, the forum and CodeIgniter's well structured code is surely enough for anybody to learn, right? What could this book have that any potential developer could not obtain through these natural resources?
Throughout the fifteen chapters in the book, the author walks you through building a functional application from start to finish (well, at least as finished as any web application truly is). At first I thought the choice of the application to build was rather odd, but as I continued reading the book, I realized it was a good example because of the wide array of helpers, libraries and other standard CodeIgniter components and logic the application uses. Specifically, the example application provides a way to monitor several different aspects of remote websites by performing tests and generating reports.Read more ›
This book is very easy to read and does not feel like a "tech" manual at all. Don't let that fool you though, it is very informative, just not at the cost of being boring. It exposed some of the more interesting aspects of CodeIgniter, such as the test suite, FTP class, as well as many other nuances of the framework.
Since the writing of this book, CodeIgniter has grown to version 1.7.2, which is far beyond the 1.5 that the book refers to. I know that there have been many updates to CI and thus rendered some of the techniques shown to be outdated. The form validation section is one that stands out to me as being greatly improved in version 1.7+.
Considering that this book is a bit dated, it is still a great asset to anyone desiring to learn the basics as well as some logic behind CodeIgniter.
CodeIgniter is a perfect compliment, perhaps a PHP 201 guide. It takes all of the rigorous PHP hard-coding and supplies a framework to develop code faster and with the best practices of a MVC system. Aside from being well-written with tons of real-world examples, one of the things I like best about this book is that it explains what it's not. CodeIgniter is a home-grown open-source framework. As such, it has some admitted limitations. The book is refreshing and honest.
The book is a perfect way of learning advanced development techniques, not just using CodeIgniter though. I'd highly recommend the book. The book states "Improve your PHP coding productivity with the free compact open-source MVC CodeIgniter framework!". This is both honest and accurate!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even though it's outdated in terms of CodeIgniter's latest version, it's still a good read. I just wanted a book that explained how to work with frameworks like CI, and this does... Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by M. Carson
This book is good, and the content is legit. It's pretty clearly explained. However, it looks like a printed-out web page. It would be so much more useful as a website. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Anonymous
Many errata, even in the Kindle Edition (how much work would it be to change the digital version??)
Code snippets are just that, without even a mention of the file they belong... Read more
I found this book to be a waste of my time. The main problem is that it's written for CI 1.5.3 and the current version of CI is 2.1.3. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Steve Adams
Too many books fill words on pages, rather than get to the point and show meaningful information in as little space as possible. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Aardvark
If you already understand the basics of CodeIgniter this might be a book that you would want to keep as a reference. But as an introduction to this topic it is almost useless. Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Stinger51
Maybe it's just me, but I _hate_ the style of this author. Using "for real" is a bit TOO laid back for me. It is a technical book after all. Read morePublished on April 15, 2011 by M. Rogne
This was what I was expecting. Great price and great shipping time. The book is an easy read is you already know PHP.Published on September 24, 2009 by Robert Joesph Carroll