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PHP and MongoDB Web Development Beginner's Guide Paperback – November 25, 2011
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About the Author
Rubayeet Islam is a software developer with over four years of experience in large-scale web application development on open-source technology stacks (LAMP, Python/Django, Ruby on Rails). He is currently involved in developing cloud-based distributed software that uses MongoDB as its analytics and metadata back-end. He has also spoken in seminars to promote the use of MongoDB and NoSQL databases in general. He graduated from University of Dhaka with BS in Computer Science and Engineering.
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Top Customer Reviews
As the title indicates, the author focuses on using MongoDB to provide the storage back-end for PHP web applications. After a short introduction to the basic concepts behind MongoDB, we get a walk-through of installing MongoDB and getting PHP to talk with it, before starting in on building a blog. It's a safe example, since a blog is a reasonable candidate for a document store like MongoDB. It also provides a way to address one of the big design questions when using MongoDB, which is when to use embedded documents and when to store references. To my mind the question is glossed over a bit too quickly, but it is discussed.
Additional projects like session management and geolocation get a bit off-track, as a lot of time is spent describing the concepts rather than MongoDB, but the meatier sections that get into topics like Map-Reduce (creating a tag cloud) and web analytics are certainly worthwhile. I did feel that the chapter reviewing two MongoDB management tools could have been skipped, since the information will likely be out of date within a couple of months.
Overall, this is a reasonable beginner's guide, as its subtitle indicates. There's a great deal of PHP code filling its pages, which will give you a starting point if you need a boost to get going. Reading through it will give you the basics about MongoDB, and a bit more -- hints on indexing, optimizing, and Map-Reduce will keep you running.Read more ›
My take on this subject is from the Database Administrator point of view, and here I found the book to be a little light on substance, but this book is clearly not marketed to that segment but to developers. Some of the advanced topics covered in this book are MapReduce, GridFS and Geospatial location and on these topics this book excels.
This book would be a fine addition to any bookshelf and will have a special place in mine. It clearly shows the power of MongoDB and PHP in a Web 2.0 environment and would be a great reference to anyone in Web development.
I especially enjoyed the chapters on Geospatial functionality and the GridFS system. Both of these topics we handled throughly and are typically glossed over in other books.
The one place I felt this book was light was the operations and administration side of things. Nowadays, many developers are handling operations as well and I feel that those topics could be explored further in books like this.
All in all, I would recommend anyone in web development looking for somewhere to start with MongoDB pick up this book and give it a read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book from Packt Publishing web site.
I consider myself as an Intermediate Programmer who seeks to expand his skills. Read more
I enjoyed reading and building along with the book "PHP and MongoDB Web Development". The book is logically organized and contains many helpful hints and tutorials. Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by cedub
Today (January 30, 2012), I have finished reading the book 'PHP and MongoDB Web Development'. This book is a great intro to MongoDB and NoSQL. Read morePublished on January 31, 2012 by michaels
Disclaimer: I received the book from Packt Publishing to review it.
I tried hard to be objective.
In a word: excellent. Read more