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PHP Bible 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0764549553
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From the Back Cover

"This book was all that I needed to learn PHP. Far more than a language reference, it contains the advice and recommendations of two true PHP experts."
-Jeff Barr, Founder and Developer, Syndic8.com
* Get up to speed fast on PHP programming fundamentals
* Explore the ins and outs of MySQL and Oracle database connectivity
* Master new features for XML parsing, Web services, graphics, and more

If PHP can do it, you can do it too . . .

If you want to create dynamic, database-driven Web content, you will not find a better, more cost-effective tool than PHP. Now expanded with more case study examples and thoroughly updated to cover the latest features of PHP 4.2, this is the one good book on PHP you need, whether you're a Web designer, a programmer, or an ASP, JSP, or ColdFusion veteran. From programming and database connectivity basics (including all-new coverage of Oracle) to weblogs, cookies, e-mail, XML, Web services, graphics, security, and more, it delivers all the tips, techniques, and "gotchas" you need to get up and running quickly - and take PHP to the limit.

Inside, you'll find complete coverage of PHP
* Get up to speed on PHP programming using a running fitness calculator example
* Connect HTML-based Web pages to MySQL or Oracle databases
* Create database-linked forms
* Use PHP to output JavaScript or send e-mail
* Harness new PHP features for XML applications and Web services
* Generate on-the-fly graphics using the GD library
* Integrate other people's PHP into your applications - skins, styles, and more
* Get the scoop on security, cryptography, configuration, and tuning
* Put it all together with two complete case study examples - a user authentication system and a trivia game

About the Author

Tim Converse has written software to recommend neckties, answer questions about space stations, pick value stocks, and make a simulated breakfast. He has an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago, where he taught several programming classes. He is now a software engineer at Inktomi Corporation.

Joyce Park has an M.A. in history from the University of Chicago and has worked on several content-rich PHP Web sites, including the award-winning MysteryGuide.com. Her writing has garnered praise from the editors and readers of Slashdot, OSOpinion, Linux.com, and many others worldwide. Joyce is now a senior Web developer at KnowNow, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bible
  • Paperback: 1032 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (October 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764549553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764549557
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,657,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bill Manning on February 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I needed a good PHP reference, and I don't regret it. It is current through PHP 4.2 and it describes many features that are available in Zend Engine 2 (ZE2 wasn't released yet at time of publication).
It is an easy read (an important element often overlooked in technical references), without leaving out any of the requisite technical 'goodies', but I would have liked a little more in-depth advanced information. While technically correct, several 'advanced' topics only received the most superficial of explanations, and in one case, a common (and beguiling) misconception involving Object Oriented Programming techniques was explained away as "Obscure".
There are plenty of excellent discussions about the most awkward aspects of PHP development, and it is obvious that the authors are experienced web developers. I learned much that I didn't know, and I enjoyed the authors' candor when, in several instances, they admit that they were confused or stumped at first by one feature or another.
I think most beginning to intermediate web developers, whether independent or as part of a team, will find this book very useful and full of good information; but if you need a truly advanced understanding of PHP, you'd better look elsewhere.
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I am a php programmer at UNL. I have been using this book for some time. PHP bible (2nd ed) is a great book for the beginners and intermediate programmers. And it also includes directions for the advanced users where to find code pieces, classes or programming techniques (like PEAR). The Language of this book is clear and concise. And the code samples works perfectly. If you are interested in PHP, this book is definitely worth checking out.
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I know that many people love this book, but I'm not one of them. I'm an experienced programmer and this book was not helpful to me. The way the book generalizes about programming concepts, databases and PHP itself makes me think that it is perhaps intended for beginners. Within the zillion pages that this book contains, I'm sure there is useful information. But the book rambles, it doesn't teach. Another book -- "PHP and MySQL Web Development" by Welling and Thomson -- takes an approach focused on real-world examples. That book works a lot better for me.
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I'm a PHP beginner-intermediate, and I use this book on an open source project called mod_pubsub as my primary PHP reference for PHP through 4.2. The authors have an easy-to-read style, and they are very honest when it comes to what PHP can and cannot do. I definitely recommend this book for other PHP beginners and intermediates.
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By maxime on January 14, 2003
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I have bought a lot of books about a lot of computer-subjects but I have never bought a book
where the information was so well structured and explained.
It is a perfect guide for php beginners (such as myself about a month ago) and I have the impression that this book
is a great addition to the knowledge of more advanced php users.
With a lot of "ready-to-use" scripts they quide you from beginning php towards becomming an advanced php programmer.
I began this book about one month ago and now I am programming more serious work with great help from this book.
If you chouse to start programming php or want an addition to you're current knowledge this book
should be more than satisfying.
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This book has a wealth of information, even though its organization of the subjects leaves something to be desired. Some reviewers state it is good for beginners, I refute it. Except for a few chapters, the book is definitely not for beginners. There is so much information on so many pages that important concepts get lost amongst those which are less important. Possibly, the connotation of calling the book a Bible inspired the extensive subject coverage.

Reading this book, I often had the impression that examples had some details lacking, when partial scripts were given. It was impossible not to compare this book to Larry Ullman's PHP for the World Wide Web, which had its examples presented in the clearest possible way.

In spite of some comments detracting from the value of the book, it is comprehensive, and covers more subject areas than other PHP books. Between this book and the PHP Manual a student can make up his or her own examples, and learn that way. If I had more ambition I would, with the author's and the publisher's blessing, write an adjunct book with detailed and tested examples to complement this Bible. I find it difficult to decide whether I should rate it three or four stars. Knowing the monumental work it had taken to write this book, I give it four stars.
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This book is simply GREAT!
All your doubts about PHP will disappear... it contains absolutely all that you want to know about PHP to make great applications related with your website.
One of the best things about this book is that you can start from ZERO. You don't have to be an expert computer engineer nor know anything about PHP, it is explained here from the most simple variable to the most complicated and advanced technique between PHP and MySQL.

It contains a lot of information (well, it's a big book... more that 1000 pages) and a lot of examples that are so simple that anyone could understand.

Also, this book talk about many other issues related with PHP, like Data Bases, XML, etc...

Buy it, I really recommend it for ANYONE...

A LITTLE WARNING:
If you want to use this great book, you have to know at least a little bit of HTML, because PHP is a language that improves HTML... If you don't know anything about HTML, you'll not love this book as much as I love it... so, I recommend that before you get this book, you study some HTML : )
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