- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (February 16, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593271735
- ISBN-13: 978-1593271732
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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William Steinmetz is the author of LAN Party: Hosting the Ultimate Frag Fest (Wiley) and co-author of Paint Shop Pro for Dummies (IDG). He is the webmaster and editor of StarCityGames.com, where traffic has quadrupled as a result of the changes he designed and implemented, all using PHP.
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The book covers quite a bit of ground and is not targeting an audience of complete newcomers to the language but those that have coded before and and are now wondering 'whether there wasn't a better way of doing things'.
The books is well written and reads easily. It is entirely pragmatic, the authors are not peddling programming ideology but present solutions to everyday problems. Most solutions point out their limitations and caveats and potential ways of improving upon them after clarifying the principles.
I have read this book rather rapidly, probably due to its informal style, almost entertaining. I only realized in hindsight my desire to go back and change this or that portion of code I have written in the past to improve upon simplicity, readability and reliability. Now having digested the material I am quite sure I will reference it again when running across the outlined areas again.
It's a definite thumbs up for a no-nonsense approach to everyday PHP programming challenges.
This book is absolutely AWESOME!!! The books chapters are very well organized and then broken down into important topics of interest under that. It bills itself as "real world scripts that solve difficult problems". This book succeeds in this. The book also includes 3 full programs.
I have found use for 45 of the 73 listed scripts. If you are a PHP developer, this book is a MUST for your arsenal.
The examples are easy and well explained, so buying this book will not cause you to have any remorse for buying stuff that confuses you. This is the book where you get all the explanations. Even when the script is self explanatory the author takes no chances.. he explains it! One thing to note is that this book is for people who already have some knowledge about PHP.
Highly recommend it.
Wicked Cool PHP: Real-World Scripts That Solve Difficult Problems
That said, I do have 6+ years PHP under my belt, as a beginner I may have gotten hung up on some of the summarized bits. As a pocket "oh my, how did I forget how to do that" reference, this is one stellar little book. It doesn't cover *everything* you'd ever need, but sure does help with some common problems. I might even need to buy another copy for my coworker (who keeps stealing it from me, thank you!!)
Overall, I'm happy to have it in my reference collection.