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Learn ZF2: Learning By Example Paperback – September 25, 2013
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Slavey Karadzhov is a full time senior consultant at Zend Technologies and a member of the "Zend Framework Education Advisory Board". He is located in Stuttgart, Germany and travels the world while trying, among other things, to help people get better understanding about programming and Zend Framework in particular. Slavey Karadzhov has two major degrees: one in Software Technology from the University of Applied Science in Stuttgart, Germany, and the other in Computer Science from Sofia University, Bulgaria.
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Top customer reviews
Before delving in this book and to get the most out of this book, I would recommend taking a look at the official Zend site under documentation (the "learn" section) and traverse the examples there; get familiar with the structure, options, and capabilities first. If you're brand new to ZF/2 I probably would not recommend this book; if you're new to PHP, you're definitely in the wrong area of Amazon!
This book gives you an explicit diagrammed overview as well as step by step and the reason behind doing things in Zend.
Zend appears to be a robust framework with all the bells and whistles but, has a steep learning curve. This book is by far the best I've read on it. I shows you the forest and the trees. I recommend this book over all the others.
In general it seems like there are no good books on PHP frameworks. I decided to try this one out based on the good reviews but was disappointed.
As a beginner, First thing I noticed was plethora of technical terms like Controller plugins, Service Factory, Annotation, A long list of fancy words ( Event Manager, Service Manager, Service Locator, Doctrine 2 ) and so on. It does not make sense ( to newbie ) and Official documentation does not provide good examples to understand the difference between Controller plugin and Service Factory. Another example is Doctrine 2. Everyone praising usage of Doctrine 2 but giving half baked examples for new comers. Here comes Learn ZF2: Learning by Example to rescue you from banging your head against the wall.
It helps to understand , for example, how to start working with Doctrine, Overview and Understanding of Event based architecture etc. Best thing is that It normally answers the questions which comes to newbie's mind which many experience developers overlook while writing articles/blogs.
For example, You create form from Entity class for a given table. All fields for form of that entity will be created for you. But nobody mentions from where Submit button will come from? Is there anything in Doctrine to make that button which is not part of Entity object ? If not what is available option ? or if there are lot of tables, Do we need to create a class for each table when using Table Gateway? This book answers those so-called silly questions of novice person.
In short, It is kind of reference book for me due excellent way of explaining concept and useful yet practical examples. I highly recommend this one for beginner / intermediate developer working on Zend Framework 2 to do thing in smart and right way.
I did not do the book examples as I read, but I had been building ZF2 apps for a year or two, so most of the techniques were familiar. The value was hearing someone else refer to the patterns by name and indicate the general best practices, or how things were intended to be used.
I recall there being some problems in the text- code that had errors, and lots of times the translation to English was a little bit off. But overall worth it.
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In 2015 it helped me to pass ZF2CA exam.