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CodeIgniter 1.7 professional development

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Adam Griffiths is a student and freelance CodeIgniter Developer based in the United Kingdom. He has five years web development experience, the last two being largely influenced by CodeIgniter. He has worked on many websites, both large and small, from small blogs to large multi-national companies. He is well versed in development techniques and how to squeeze that little bit more from an application. He has also made a number of contributions to the CodeIgniter Community, most notably The Authentication Library, a very simple-to-use but full-featured Authentication Library for CodeIgniter. When CodeIgniter and PHP aren't spiralling around his head, Adam enjoys practising card and mentalist tricks, mainly sleight of hand and card handling. He has performed at local and formal functions for hundreds of people. He is also a guitar player and enjoys playing acoustically at pubs and small gigs. Moving back towards computing, he has a deep interest in Cryptography. He loves finding patterns in data and loves using pen and paper to decipher any cipher text he may find around the web.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (April 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849510903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849510905
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,683,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book because it was just recently published and I figured it would have the most up to date information on the current version as well as have current insights into the best practices for using the framework. By the end of chapter two, I was baffled. The writing style was unusual, superficial, and there were quite a few typos. At first I thought it was just a bad editor, but then I "Googled" the author. To my surprise, he's only 17 years old. The book states that he's had 5 years of experience programming in PHP. I'm not trying to knock this young author, after all, I wasn't programming PHP at age 12. But what was PACKT thinking publishing a programming reference book written by a 17 year old? Once the age thing came out, the writing made a lot more sense. The book supposes that the reader is versed in PHP and HTML. While some of the more complicated Codeigniter functions are glossed over with one sentence paragraphs, there's a whole page explaining what a carbon copy and a blind carbon copy are in an email. This is only one of many examples that made me question the competency of the material being presented. The book even mimics the Codeigniter style guide in the "correct," "incorrect," style of writing as well as the order in which the techniques are presented. There is nothing in this book that you can't find in the user guide or the many tutorials online.

I feel like I was duped by PACKT publishing and I'll certainly do more thorough background checks before any further purchases from them. A return is in my future... As for the Author, I certainly commend you. I certainly wasn't thinking about writing books at that age, but unfortunately, I think you were let down by your editors who should have provided a bit more guidance like "get some real life programming experience, then we'll publish." For everyone else, I suggest you spend some time in the native Codeigniter user guide.
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The book is about developing applications with CodeIgniter 1.7. It's targeted at PHP developers with enough background to know what they are doing. Although the book says that it's written for advanced developers, I would say that an intermediate programmer could probably understand it pretty well.

The book starts out with a "Getting started" chapter that tells you where to get CodeIgniter and how to install it. The author explains the MVC pattern and goes trough the framework's major features, summarily explaining each one, but without going into an in-depth description.

Chapter 2 starts by explaining what a CodeIgniter library is, and then it goes trough some of the most important ones, briefly discussing their API's and giving short examples on their usage.

For the input class, the authors point out it's XSS filters and give examples on how to use them.

I would have liked more details, and for the author to go into a more technical discussion. In an example the author used the form helper functions (form_open_multipart/form_close) without mentioning them in the text, it's not a big deal but a little annoying.

Chapter 3 moves on to the more interesting parts of CI. It explains how form validation works and extends an example from the previous chapter, after that the chapter moves on to the database, showing how to execute queries and explaining the types of result sets returned.

A big part of this chapter is dedicated to CI's Active Record layer, each method in this layer is explained and accompanied by an example.

In chapter 4 the author explains user authentication, with ample examples for everything you would need from such a system.
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By redragon on December 10, 2012
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I echo most of the other negative reviews in that this book is quite poorly written and disorganized - worth about 1/4 of the price that I paid.

That said, Codeigniter is a relatively small player in the development world, so it is good to have a book written about it at all.

It will at the least help you get started doing a bit more complex development once you have been through the basic tutorials, preferably supplemented with some good web references.

More to the point is that I will NEVER buy a PACKT book again with a very thorough vetting of the contents therein. This book has really damaged their brand in my eyes. I'll stick with O'Reilly and WROX if I can.
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I'm an experienced PHP developer, hoping to learn a new framework. I purchased this book from Packt hoping that it would be similar to their Joomla books, which take you through creating several complex sample applications, chapter by chapter building on your new knowledge. I was very disappointed to find this was not the case. Perhaps, as some reviewers state, the content gets better in the later chapters, but the initial chapters were so disjointed, poorly-written, and even more poorly-edited, that I couldn't manage to get through to the later chapters.

There are tons of incorrectly-placed references in the text; for example, in discussing the Input and Security class, the author states that, "we've already used this class when we built our contact form", but the actual building of the contact form doesn't come for another 8 pages or so. There are also chunks of code shown, but no information about where those chunks are supposed to go - in the model, view, or controller. If the author had just skipped putting any code at all in the text and indicated that all sample code for a particular "lesson" is included in the sample code download, things might have been clearer, but there was no mention of that.

All in all, a waste of money.
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