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PHP String Handling Handbook Paperback – March 11, 2003
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"This takes a pattern string and a subject when the function finds a match to its regular expression, it returns true. If no match is found, the function returns false. Optionally you can set a pass the name of an array, if this parameter the function this will create an array contain the substring the pattern matched and the result of any subpatterns (also called groups), this aspect of regular expressions is covered in Chapter 5). "
Either Paul Adams can not write English or he is so brilliant that he wrote his chapter in his sleep. My suggestion to this group of 5 authors: Three of you should resign, and the best two should rewrite this book. Using 5 authors to write 7 chapters is a real problem. Fire the existing proof reader. Then hire two good proof readers who read & write English as their first language.
My suggestion to potential readers: Expect to have problems with this book. Unfortunately, there seems to be very little good coverage on regular expressions in PHP in this or other books. Even the official PHP manual is shallow on the subject. The rest of this book is better than chapter 4 and deserves 3 or 4 stars. Chapter 4 deserves 0 stars, and so the book gets my overall rating of just 2 stars.
There's good explanations of the conceptual whys/hows of work with MySQL database, a gentle introduction to the use of "Regular Expresssions" within PHP for even more powerful text modifications, good examples of developing a full application for moderately sophisticated searches, and a good introduction to the use of forms in PHP and how to validate a user's input from a web page.
If you've mastered a major tome on PHP you may not need this book at all. Sure - all the information is available elsewhere, but the authors have helpfully collected all this information in a very clear, thorough and beginner-friendly manner. It's getting difficult to find a new copy of this Wrox title, but it's sure worth snatching up one of the great buys on a used copy.