- Paperback: 487 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 2 edition (December 19, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590599098
- ISBN-13: 978-1590599099
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PHP Objects, Patterns, and Practice 2nd Edition
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About the Author
Matt Zandstra has worked as a web programmer, consultant, and writer for nearly two decades.
He is the author of SAMS Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours (three editions) and a contributor to DHTML Unleashed. He has written articles for Linux Magazine, Zend.com, IBM DeveloperWorks, and php|architect Magazine, among others.
Matt works as a consultant advising companies on their architectures and system management, and also develops systems primarily with PHP, and Java.
Matt also writes fiction.
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I bought this book partly because of I was already familiar with another book in this Apress series, namely The Definitive Guide to SQLite, which is not only very well written, but also pleasant to read. I was surprised to learn that two books from the same series could differ so much in terms of visual quality.
A revised edition would benefit from having a professional editor or typographer redoing the layout.
If you are beginning your journey into the PHP language this would be a skip as well.
You need to really have a solid understanding of PHP and moderate level OOP before thinking about this book
When you are looking to learn more indepth OOP, about Objects and how Patterns come into play in your software design this is when you want to get this book to aide you in your learning.
This is a tough read, it is not leisurely at all. I got this book to help me understand more advanced level OOP programming and to get more deeper into the PHP language itself while teaching the principles of how OOP works within PHP.
I use PHP quite a bit and instead of buying a similar book in some other language to teach the subject matter. I chose this book because I would be learning practical examples that I would not need to really adapt to some other language. This is a hard book to get into and makes some assertions that you already understand certain things.
If you need or want to learn Object Oriented Programming indepth and already have a working understanding of the basics of OOP and PHP then this would be a really good book to help you go to the next level. Many of the heavier subjects like Patterns are designed I think more to an enterprise level environment it is still interesting. For me it helps me understand and solidify the previous topics better.
This is not a book you can just jump into and read from anywhere you need to read and understand the prior material before moving on through the book. Don't expect to get through this in a weekend or even a few weeks if you are new to the topic.
I don't think that if you are serious about learning the subject matter this will be the only book you purchase or study. It is a good addition to what you already have or will be getting in the future.
For a PHP book that is not really for me the reason to get it. This is more a programmers instructional using the PHP language instead of say Java or C, Python or some other language to teach advanced OOP and Design Patterns. It does go into the language more indepth but the gold here is the Object Oriented lessons which is more the focus.
APRESS IS AMATEUR HOUR.
The information in this book is top rate. It is extensive, helpful, and fluid. But I can't give THIS BOOK more than one star because the author should NEVER have let his words touch the pages of this poor excuse for a book. The publisher should be absolutely ASHAMED of the condition in which they let this book leave its press. The author should be ashamed, as well. He can say whatever he likes, but at the end of the day, he is the final QA.
THIS BOOK WAS PRINTED, BOUND AND SHIPPED FROM THE PRESS IN ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE CONDITION.
I highly suggest waiting until a new edition comes out, because this run of books have clearly not been through QA.