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Programming PHP: Creating Dynamic Web Pages Third Edition
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Kevin Tatroe has been a Macintosh and Unix programmer for ten years. He is an experienced PHP developer, knowledgeable in the changes coming with PHP 5. He is also co-author of the first edition of Programming PHP.
Peter MacIntyre lives and works in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He has over 16 years of experience in the information technology industry, primarily in the area of software development.Peter's technical skill set includes several client/server tools and relational database systems such as PHP, PowerBuilder, Visual Basic, Active Server Pages, and CA-Visual Objects.Peter is certified by ZEND Corporation on PHP 4.x and has contributed writing material for Using Visual Objects (Que Corp.), Using PowerBuilder 5 (Que Corp.), ASP.NET Bible (Wiley Pub.), and Web Warrior Survey on Web Development Languages (Course Technology).Peter is also currently a contributing editor and author to the on-line and in-print magazine called php|architect (www.phparch.com). He has also spoken several times at North American and International computer conferences including CA-World in New Orleans, USA; CA-TechniCon in Cologne, Germany; and CA-Expo in Melbourne, Australia.
Rasmus Lerdorf started the PHP Project back in 1995 and has been actively involved in PHP development ever since. Also involved in a number of other open source projects, Rasmus is a longtime Apache contributor and foundation member. He is the author of the first edition of the PHP Pocket Reference, and the co-author of the first edition of Programming PHP.
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Even with those issues, the book was a pretty good introduction to the PHP language. If your goal is to read only one book on PHP, this one is probably a bad choice. If you want something to bootstrap you for more advanced PHP books, this isn't a bad place to start.
* The examples are immediately useful. I've already been able to code minor things for work and home in the past 3 days; I've barely used PHP seriously in 10 years.
* Its modern. A lot of books tend to be obsolete by the time they come to print. This book has updated stuff for MySQL + NoSQL; object-oriented behavior; graphics; PDFs; etc. I expect to get much use out of it on some upcoming projects.
This being said.. I DO NOT recommend this book to anybody who has no experience with entry-level programming concepts.
Programming PHP not only refreshed my knowledge of PHP, It taught me new ways to program my website.
The best thing about this book is that it will focus an entire chapter on one subject(for example, strings, OOP, Web Techniques, and Graphics). By doing so, it provides the reader with a thorough breakdown of each subject and how it pertains to PHP.
If you are new to programming or need a refresher, this book is perfect.
I have book marked a couple of chapters and use this book as a reference.