- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: Lulu.com; 1st edition (April 11, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 143571590X
- ISBN-13: 978-1435715905
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
One of my favorite parts was the list of related functions below each description: this allows you to hyperlink your way around the book in a more semantic way than simply reading it front-to-back.
This is certainly not a book just for beginners, because I wouldn't consider output buffer functions to be used by beginners (if you don't know what I mean when I say ob_start() or ob_flush(), then you should probably pick up a copy).
This is the kind of book you should throw in your laptop bag as you get started on a new project, or keep on the shelf of your cubicle. Think about which is faster - tabbing back and forth between your browser window with the current page you're testing, and your text editor, AND the php.net site, or just having a small reference book next to your keyboard.
Also consider your ability to make notes next to functions about your own personal tricks and experiences - I always find myself digging back into my own code as a reference, but if you just had this paper version to carry with you everywhere, you could save yourself a lot of time by not having to grep through your code.
Completely worth your time and money.
The author breaks the whole book down into the typical sections: String functions, Array functions, MySQL, etc. Like many other books I've purchased, I can always learn more by flipping through a chapter page-by-page, but I pick this book up more often because I can quickly get around to exactly what I need because it is focused around the functions and operators that are key to doing everything in PHP.
I actually keep a bookmark in the RegEx and Date() pages because I refer back to them so frequently to 'refresh'. It's an excellent book that hasn't disappointed me yet when I dust it off and start coding again.
This was just the perfect book for me. I know KSH and it reminds me of Korn's book in terms of both explaining a function and then providing one or more simple examples of it in real usage. Perfect.
If you write PHP code you want this book!
Small, easy to carry, very helpful. Saves trips to php.net.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Special thanks to J-B Losier for building the current, smaller version of the ebook!Published 3 months ago by Jose maduro
This is one of the best book of PHP for reference i have ever sighted. I always recommend you this book.Published 7 months ago by ali
This book is probably the worse php book I have bought. There is absolutely no introduction to chapters, the writer just jumps right in and puts code on the page without even... Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Donna Fuga
Update: It's proven to be helpful to me, but my earlier comments below still hold. I bumped it up one star. Read morePublished on November 16, 2010 by Conrad D. Shull