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About the Author
David Sklar is a Distinguished Engineer at Ning, part of Glam Media. Inaddition to PHP Cookbook, he is the author of Learning PHP 5 (O'Reilly), and Essential PHP Tools (Apress), and a scintillating blog:http://www.sklar.com/blog/. David lives in New York City and has adegree in Computer Science from Yale University.
Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of Platform and Services for eBay and is the author of two O'Reilly books, Upgrading to PHP 5 and PHP Cookbook.
Adam has an MBA from Columbia Business School. While there, he focused on general management and operations, with an emphasis on the field of technology. Adam also has a BA from Columbia University. As an undergraduate he majored in mathematics, and his other studies included computer science and Chinese.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you understand other languages, use web resources and can read between the lines this is the only real book you need.
This is THE book to change you from a newbie to a professional. Useful real world examples. Format is problem, solution code then a discussion on what is going on. The examples are cut and paste, few modifications and you have working code.
Edition 3 is significantly updated from his older edition. All examples in this edition work on the latest versions of PHP. There are now about 350 different recipes (his older copy had about 250) and those examples give you advice on RESTful APIs and many other topics needed in websites today.
The introduction of this book suggests that this be your second PHP book if you have never used PHP. In my husband's opinion, this book should be your first and perhaps only PHP book, especially if you are a programmer and you have experience in more than one programming language.
PHP has become a ubiquitous server side programming language for the Internet. It draws inspiration from many other object oriented languages including Java, C++, C#, etc.
This book is full of useful examples that can be taken directly from its pages and put to work in effective web pages.
The first section is on strings, and this is a common area of confusion for programmers using PHP.it covered all the basics from how to extract specific parts of the string to manipulations that do everything from count characters to reverse the string if required.
The book covers a lot of topics that I would have liked to have seen years earlier. For example it's always a little confusing help PHP works with files on the native host's system. Disco Biscuits at least four different ways of accomplishing that, very useful.
I had used PHP code before, but I will be much more effective using the phrases and snippets out of this book to accomplish some of the tasks that had five times as much code when I try to do it on my own.
I highly recommend this book.
The book is absolutely thorough of its coverage of PHP and covers the following chapters:
I. Strings (ie. accessing, extracting, replacing substrings)
II. Numbers (ie. floating-point numbers, random numbers)
III. Dates & Times
V. Variables (ie. Default Values, Dynamic Variable Name, etc.)
VI. Functions (ie. accessing function parameters, returning values by reference)
VII. Classes and Objects (Defining object destructors, cloning objects, class contants, etc.)
VIII. Web Fundamentals
X. Database Access (DBM, SQLite, SQL, etc.)
XI. Sessions and Data Persistence
XIII. Web Automation
XIV. Consuming RESTful API's
XV. Serving RESTful API's
XVI. Internet Services
XVIII. Security and Encryption
XIX. Internationalization and Localization
XX. Error Handling
XXI. Software Engineering
XXII. Performance Tuning
XXIII. Regular Expressions
XXVI. Command-Line PHP
The book is pretty much for those who know PHP, so this is NOT a beginner's guide. "PHP Cookbook" literally is a book of solutions for programmers who are beyond basic PHP and because there are many challenges that PHP programmers face, it's recommended that this book is utilized as a resource and goto book for those who are having problems with PHP.
While the book is well-written and is quite thorough, once again, I emphasize this book is not for beginners.
Overall, "PHP Cookbook: Solutions & Examples for PHP Programmers" is definitely one of the best books on PHP and while you may spend time looking over a few sections, once your PHP project requires more from you, this book works as a wonderful resource.
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