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PHP Functions Essential Reference 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is fast. You can get to what you need quickly, and if you're not sure what you need, the logical hierarchy and table of contents makes narrowing things down very snappy. Within minutes of picking up the book, I've learned new things about PHP, even after 4 years of hardcore PHP development. Not too many books do that. The only downside I can find with it is it won't fit in my shirt pocket.
This book has many other strengths.
- It has a companion website that compliments the book and is maintained by the authors.
- It has been released under a license that reflects the very nature of PHP and Open Source Software, a real credit to the authors.
- One of the Technical Reviewers of the book during the process of it being written was none other than Ken Coar, one of the leaders of the Apache Foundation (author of the best darn web server ever made) and one of the Open Source movement's greatest assets. Buying a PHP book reviewed by Ken Coar is like buying a Bible blessed by the Pope.
If you can't RTFM, then for sure, RTFB.
That is: Read This Friendly Book. ;)
I hear a lot of comments stating, "you can find it online". Yes, its true, you can. But, when you are writing code the last thing you want is another window open or spend valuable time trying to find an answer.
The authors have done a great job laying this book out. The information is catagorized and aphabetized. There are short examples that do a good job of explaining how each function works. And what really sets it apart from others, is it tells you if the function has been deprecated and/or what version of PHP and OS supports it, it has a "see also" for each pertinent function, and a great layout(check out the sample pages).
If you program using PHP, get this book. The time it saves is well worth the price. This book is for all levels of PHP programmers, novice to experts. Don't be fooled into thinking all you need is the downloadable manual from php.net. The manual is useful, but it doesn't work as well as this book.
This book is always within arms reach when I'm programming and I'm sure it will be the same for you.
That's the value in this book. There are hundreds of PHP functions, the vast majority of which are unknown to the casual user. If you're on deadline there isn't time to learn them all, or even to wander the PHP sites until you hit paydirt.
This book simply lays them out, with a clear description and example attached to each. It's a huge time-saver.
My one suggestion is that the book would benefit from having a usage index. Right now, functions are grouped by type (say, time & date functions), then listed alphabetically. But often users don't know what a function is called. They only know what they want it to do.
It would save even more time if there was an extra index where you might look things up by use, say, "Create random password." That would make this time-saver even faster.
I have scoured the Web and have found these two sites that still have the online version ("[...]" says the server is down!). It was a LOT of work to find these, and I'm working on downloading the whole thing to put in a ZIP file and host, some time in the future, but in the mean time I thought I'd save everyone a LOT of work! Here you go:
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is excellent for programming PHP and has everything including functions clearly defined. I've used it to make many websites. Great book.Published on September 28, 2013 by Josef C. Tran
While there is much good information in this book just look at the publication date ***2001*** Enough said... almost. Read morePublished on October 7, 2007 by FordLover37
This is without a doubt, a brilliant PHP reference book.
The PHP functions are grouped in chapters based on their relevance. E.G. Read more
Reviewer Kevin Carlson noted that the book was not available online at the web address that it mentions. It turns out that there is an errata at [... Read morePublished on May 5, 2004 by William Hargen
This book is a must have for any PHP wed developer. I find myself referencing this book quite often. Read morePublished on October 13, 2003 by Graham Kelco
Fantastic reference book with code snippets for every function.
My only complaint is that although the book was released under the Open Publication license (allowing it to be... Read more
It's more then the usual printed version of php.net manuals, this book actually give you usable examples along with clear function explanations. Read morePublished on January 22, 2003 by Foti Massimo
You'll have this book within an arm's reach at all times. It's packed with every PHP function and has excellent examples for each one. Read morePublished on November 16, 2002 by Phillip Schwarzmann
This book has an excellent easy to use layout and contains just about every PHP function you can imagine. Read morePublished on October 3, 2002 by Ernest Correale