- Series: Anthology
- Paperback: 542 pages
- Publisher: SitePoint; 2 edition (November 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0975841998
- ISBN-13: 978-0975841990
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,116,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks 2nd Edition
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I was surprised when I received because I found it 'thin' (~400 pages but font is relatively big), but, as everything is explained to the point, It has the right number of pages for the right content.
The book is focused in how to make objects work for you, it does not explore unnecessarily in detail how the objects presented get the work done. You can download the code, so you can take a look inside by yourself.
Also, this book cover the basics of PHP PEAR.
Note too, that the software download examples in Volume II make use of code only available in Volume I so unless you buy both volumes, you wont have the PEAR code, SOAP examples and calendars and some other useful items. Also, for the same reason, about 25% of the Volume II examples which use the directive require("sourceodeVol1.php") will fail. Its a pity the samples for Volume II were not inclusive
I bought about 10 PHP books to help me with a web project involving MySQL/PHP. I am a professional Java developer, therefore the principles of PHP are not hard to grasp. Still, everything is different in PHP, and before I saw this book I had the impression that the majority of PHP developers are hacking, cutting and pasting examples into procedural code at random.
After getting started using "PHP and MySQL Web Develpment" by Luke Wellling and Laura Thompson (highly recommended) this book brought me to a level that I can now clain to be a professional PHP programmer too.
This book clearly shows that it is possible to develop PHP in an organized way, using proper design, good object-oriented principles and design patterns (in vol.II). Besides that, there are many practical tips about things I found really difficult as Java programmer: magical quotes, .ini file settings, & references, file downloads, paging result tables, etc. etc. The book is clearly written and answers every question from the standpoint of how to do something using good design and how to write code that is maintainable, extensible and reusable.
It provide a clear explanations about code methods and examples.
It was the title that got me first interested in this book, sort of like the greatest hits of PHP which, in theory, is a book that I expected to get a little more use from.
I'm happy to say that this book delivered on it's promise and them some.
The difference between this book and say some of the other more tutorial style PHP books I own is that it doesn't follow the one size fits all approach. It actually explains solutions to problems that your able to adapt you your own world. I downloaded the code from the books website which made my life even easier.
It's organized into stack of little mini tutorials covering most of the challenges you'll face if you're programming with PHP. I didn't read this from cover-to-cover but more jumped straight to some of the specific sections that I was keen to learn about. The layout and design of this book enables you to jump around from section to section easily.
I'm now finding myself going back to this book time and time again as new problems crop up, just today I had to solve a caching issue and violia a nice little example of exactly what I needed was there in chapter 11. It saved me a stack of time so I thought I'd use it to write this review.
It's also worth noting that chapter 1 contains a nicely written introduction to object-oriented PHP and is worth a read if your just starting with PHP and everyone should read chapter 13. Even though I've been programming in PHP for a while now this chapter opened my eyes to why I experience some of the frustrations I do... I'd probably be happy with paying the cover price just for that chapter alone.
It's my first sitepoint book and I've got to say I'm extremely happy. They seem to do things a little different than you're old schoolers and I've got to say the approach is refreshing. I'd have no problem with recommending this to PHP developers at any level.
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