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I'm not a programmer by any stretch of the imagination but I know HTML, a fair amount of CSS, and I have a cursory understanding of how programming works. I've also successfully (but not often painlessly) installed and customized several ready-made PHP scripts so I've long been aware of how much more PHP could help me accomplish if I only had a better understanding of it.
I purchased several books on the subject over the years but could never get much past the first few chapters with any of them -- usually not even that much. Among my biggest problems was that it seemed I wasn't getting enough doses of practical information to stay motivated. This also made it difficult to be aware of any progress I might be making -- or if I even was. Sometimes the information didn't build up logically enough for me so it was harder to retain anything I might have learned. Often, even when a book claimed to be for beginners, in some areas it used jargon or presumed I knew things I didn't know at all while becoming excruciatingly basic in other areas. It was a constant struggle with little or no reward.
But none of this was the case with PHP SOLUTIONS.
I've been methodically reading just a few pages (rarely more) every night so as not to overload my circuits which were already weakened from so much frustration. The information is authoritative but the writing style is approachable, both of which made it so much easier for me to persevere.Read more ›
While this isn't a comprehensive how-to guide covering OOP, it does approach things with a future-proofing mindset. Powers is careful to point out where things are specific to PHP 5, and gives alternatives to making them work in version 4. He also talks about what features will be prevalent in PHP 6, such as PDO (PHP Data Objects) becoming the more standardized way to handle database connectivity.
The first few chapters start off with the basics, showing PHP syntax and explaining how to build dynamic templates using includes. He also shows how to protect includes from being accessed independently of their accompanying pages, storing them separately from publicly accessible directories. He also shows how to build a file-upload interface for use in a basic CMS.
He then goes on to build a photo blog, complete with auto-generated thumbnails. One cool solution he uses is checking the width of an image, and then using that numerical value to set the width of a paragraph which contains explanatory text. By constraining the width, it keeps the line of text from being longer than the image is wide. He also shows how to use PHP's date output to keep the copyright for your site on-par with the current year.
The latter part of the book gets into more advanced topics such as user management, remember sessions with cookies, and handling database security.Read more ›
I'm an experienced programmer, and have developed static websites, but was quite new to PHP when I started. I found the level of information excellently suited to me - enough introductory material, but not so much as to bog me down. Some of the code challenged me, but that's what helps me learn and put my own twist on things.
Thank you David!
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I am new to PHP, no experience, however I can tell by reading the first few pages I will be able to do this!.Published on April 7, 2014 by Robert
Brought and read this book a few weeks back. Returned it when I found that the e-book version had to use a kindle application to read it on the cloud reader. Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by John Bordenet
I have not read much about it, so can not have a good and a good review yet. May be laterPublished on December 2, 2012 by mHunter
I bought this edition of PHP Solutions. The code is incomplete, for instance there are files you download and work with which have pieces or entire sub files missing. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Mrs Cat
If you've never written a line of PHP code then this is the book you're looking for. It is very well written for a beginner and provides step-by-step instruction almost every step... Read morePublished on August 28, 2011 by KingMaximo