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Phparchitect's Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide Paperback – October 5, 2006
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This book doesn't even cover all the topics presented on their practice exams, much less the actual Zend exam. It's riddled with typos (even some in the code, which I consider unforgivable), has no practice questions or coding exercises to go with each chapter, and contains no "for more information, see..." referrals. The streams chapter, for example, primarily covers file I/O and barely touches on network and socket streams. There are some questions I still don't know where to find answers to short of scouring through the PHP manual itself in hopes of stumbling across it.
In short, a good overview of the PHP language, but pathetic exam prep.
I also noticed a lot of errors in this book, so beware of that. I recommend the book by Mike Zandstra PHP 5 Objects, Patterns, and Practice in addition to this one, especially if you are moving from PHP4 to PHP5.
Ramsey and Shafik's introduction to PHP is the perfect primer for someone new to PHP from any background. It assumes a little experience in programming and introduces the main features of PHP.
As an exam guide for the notoriously difficult Zend PHP5 Certification, the book is superficial, spending far too much time on the basics of PHP, and glossing over the in-depth material that the exam requires. Some subjects are completely left out. The practice exams additionally offered by php|architect for an additional fee are also superficial and not adequate preparation for the real thing.
If you must take the Zend PHP5 Certification Exam, wisely skip over this book and find a better prep exam.
Basically, it's the BEST PHP handbook I ever read.
Source: 15 years of every day PHP coding
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