- Series: Programming & Web Dev - OMG
- Paperback: 590 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (December 31, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071508546
- ISBN-13: 978-0071508544
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,008,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Steven Holzner is the award-winning author of more than 100 computer books, including a number of bestsellers on PHP. He's been a contributing editor for PC Magazine, teaches programming classes at Fortune 500 companies, and has been on the faculty at Cornell University and MIT.
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However, calling it "Complete" is a joke. I have been writing software for over 40 years, and this is the first language "reference" book I have found that does not fully describe the built-in functions supported by the language. For example, on pages 82-84 the author lists about 100 string functions in a 2 column table. The first column is the function name, and the 2nd column is a single phrase that states the purpose of the function. No syntax is shown, no arguments, no return value information and no usage information. In the few pages that follow, there are in-line examples of a couple of the 90+ functions.
The same is true for other groups of functions. Having to go online to find out information that should be in a "complete reference" obviates the need for a book. At the price charged for this book, you'd be better off using the abundant information available online.
I purchased this book solely for the Chapters 12 and 13 coverage of Ajax and have found it to be worth the purchase price alone. I look forward to reading the rest of the book as a refresher for my PHP development.
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