- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (November 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 013147149X
- ISBN-13: 978-0131471498
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover
"This book, written by my colleague, Andi Gutmans, and two very prominent PHP developers, Stig Bakken and Derick Rethans, holds the key to unlocking the riches of PHP 5. It thoroughly covers all of the features of this new version, and is a must have for all PHP developers interested in exploring PHP 5's advanced features"
Zeev Suraski, Co-Designer of PHP 5 and Co-Creator of the Zend Engine
- Expert PHP 5 programming techniques, direct from PHP 5 co-creator and key developers
- Definitive coverage of the PHP object model, design patterns, XML/SOAP integration, and more
- Solid introduction and expert insights into performance tuning, PEAR, extensions, and database access
- The definitive introduction to PHP 5's advanced features!
- The definitive introduction for today's most powerful PHP 5 techniques
In this book, PHP 5's co-creator and two leading PHP developers show you how to make the most of PHP 5's industrial-strength enhancements in any projectno matter how large or complex. Their unique insights and realistic examples illuminate PHP 5's new object model, powerful design patterns, improved XML Web services support, and much more. Whether you're creating web applications, extensions, packages, or shell scriptsor migrating PHP 4 codehere are high-powered solutions you won't find anywhere else.
Review PHP's syntax and master its object-oriented capabilitiesfrom properties and methods to polymorphism, interfaces, and reflection
- Master the four most important design patterns for PHP development
- Write powerful web applications: handle input, cookies, session extension, and more
- Integrate with MySQL, SQLite, and other database engines
- Provide efficient error handling that's transparent to your users
- Leverage PHP 5's improved XML supportincluding parsing, XSLT conversions, and more
- Build XML-based web services with XML-RPC and SOAP
- Make the most of PEAR: work with the repository, use key packages, and create your own
- Upgrade PHP 4 code to PHP 5compatibility issues, techniques, and practical workarounds
- Improve script performance: tips and tools for PHP optimization
- Use PHP extensions to handle files/streams, regular expressions, dates/times, and graphics
- Create original extensions and shell scripts
If you're a software developer new to PHP, you'll leap quickly into PHP and its new object-oriented capabilities. If you're an experienced PHP programmer, you already recognize PHP's convenience and simplicity. Now, discover all of its extraordinary power!
ABOUT THE SOFTWARE
At this book's link to Zend.com, download a fully functional 90-day version of Zend Studio, today's breakthrough tool for developing, managing, and debugging PHP code.
Series Editor Bruce Perens' is an open source evangelist, developer, and consultant whose software is a major component of most commercial embedded Linux offerings. He founded or cofounded Linux Standard Base, Open Source Initiative, and Software in the Public Interest. As Debian GNU/Linux Project Leader, he was instrumental in getting the system on two U.S. space shuttle flights.
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About the Author
ANDI GUTMANS co-created PHP 3 and all versions since. A member of the PHP core team, he is one of the world¿s most highly regarded PHP developers.
STIG SÆTHER BAKKEN, also a member of the PHP core team, created PEAR: PHP Extension and Application Repository, the framework and global distribution system for reusable PHP components. Gutmans and Bakken are members of the PHP Hall of Fame.
DERICK RETHANS is a PHP code contributor and leader of the PHP QA team.
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A must for PHP power developers.
If you don't write code and think OOP is a sound you make when you drop something, you will never have to buy another book as it will take you a lifetime to finish this one.
I had no experience with php (well other than reading the other book) and found this book very accessible. The book gives you enough information to get started on php5 and the majority of its features. It even has information about writing your own php extensions. Although I really didn't find the all the Pear info that helpful.
I do really wish the book had more information on design patterns etc for php 5. It did go over a few but not ones that are particularly useful for building applications for the web. But I guess this is sort of the status of PHP, its still seems to be a sort of hacky scripting language.
PHP 5 Power Programming succeeds in showing the new features of PHP. The principle addition to PHP is the improvement of OOP. This book dedicated two chapters to introduce PHP 5's Object Orientated language and makes a fine job of simplifying something which appears complicated even to an experienced programmer. If you ever wanted someone to make sense of what PHP 5's OOP can accomplish, this book delivers it without fail. One of my personal favourites about this book is Chapter 5. Unlike the myriads of other PHP books, Chapter 5 actually deals with real life situations, such as file uploads and basic (but important!) file architecture. This chapter deals with the problems faced with cookies and sessions, and provides an excellent way around them. By the time you reach Chapter 6, you could be wondering what's left to be learned. The answer? Lots. So sit back and enjoy the journey through PHP 5, your in the hands of very experienced authors.
Not only does this book provide you with the "definitive introduction to PHP 5's advanced features" it also includes an extended 90-day trial of Zend Studio - the ideal Development Environment for PHP. This may make it a tempting purchase for programmers who are new to PHP. Even if the back cover encourages new developers to buy this book, I would strongly recommend against doing so. Chapter 2 does help set down the basics, but be prepared to take the plunge as Chapter 3 goes straight into OOP. If you're new to PHP and sure about choosing this book, I would suggest skipping both Chapters 3 and 4, head into Chapter 5 and see how the language should be used to the best of its ability.
PHP 5 Power Programming by Andi Gutmans (co-creator, PHP 5), Stig Saether Bakken (PHP core team member, creator of PEAR) and Derick Rethans (PHP contributor and the PHP QA team leader) is the perfect purchase for PHP developers wishing to bring their skills and programs into a new level. This book wastes no time in getting stuck into the advanced new features of PHP 5 and soon you'll be putting a big of reflection into all of your code. While not ideal for beginners, anyone who has experience with languages such as C, Perl or Java will find themselves understanding PHP in no time.