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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
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I purchased this more as a reference book. I wanted to be able to quickly look up the syntax for things like mysqi prepared statements. I would have liked to see some appendices, or cheat sheets with syntax. I couldn't even find anything about prepared statements in the book. And that's something I expected to find at least in the index. When I wanted to find out how to write a case statement, I checked the index for the word Case and the only thing found is Case-sensitivity. I also expected to find links to string modification syntax under Case, like strtouppercase. I know, you can always Google that stuff. But I have a repetitive stress injury-the point of getting a book was to try to be able to spend less time on the computer and more time on paper. So for my special needs it isn't a great fit.
I haven't read those other books, but can see in places where it's obvious, and not in a good way. There are references to some term or technique that was apparently in another book, but didn't make it into this one.
Then, there are the practically oblgatory run-of-the-mill errors. The proofreading of programming books in general is simply abominable.
Just one example: In chapter 15, page 392 : "in the text box defined previously ... the variable is user_name". I don't think so. On the previous page, there in an input element. The only things that could be relevant are 'id="the_name"' and 'name= "the_name"' So, not only is "user_name" wrong, the author fails to inform us whether it should have come from "id" or "name".