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A Programmer's Introduction to PHP 4.0 [Paperback]

W. Jason Gilmore
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Book Description

Jan. 10 2001 1893115852 978-1893115859 1

No matter what language you are familiar with, this book will benefit you. Beginning with a rapid introduction to PHP's syntax and basic functionality, you will swiftly understand PHP. The book then steers you toward advanced issues, like PHP's role in database manipulation, sessions, and user interactivity.

Author W.J. Gilmore also examines how PHP can work with XML, JavaScript, and the Component Object Model (COM). He loads the book with practical examples and several projects that can be immediately incorporated on any website. The invaluable A Programmer's Introduction to PHP 4.0 shows you how to make the most of PHP's powerful capabilities, regardless of your current scope of PHP knowledge.

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About the Author

W. Jason Gilmoreis a web developer and business consultant with more than 15 years of experience helping companies large and small build amazing software solutions. He has been teaching developers from around the world about web development for over a decade, having written six books, including the bestselling Beginning PHP and MySQL, Fourth Edition and Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework, Second Edition .

Over the years Jason has been published more than 300 times within popular publications such as Developer.com, PHPBuilder.com, JSMag, and Linux Magazine, and instructed hundreds of students in the United States and Europe. He's recently led the successful development and deployment of a 10,000+ product e-commerce project, and is currently working on a variety of new e-commerce initiatives. Jason is cofounder of the wildly popular CodeMash Conference, the largest multi-day developer event in the Midwest.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Judge This Book By The Title Jan. 15 2002
As a Java Web programmer of a couple of years I found this book an excellent resource that got me working quickly. It is definitely not for the beginning programmer as there are other books better suited to that task. Mr. Gilmore presents PHP in a clear and concise format. In the first chapters he covers, as he should, the structure, language syntax, and logical constructs with sufficient prose to get the experienced programmer working quickly. I found the depth of these topic slightly more detailed than needed but I breezed through them. He even includes an entire chapter on Strings and Regular Expression if you need the refresher.
The second section is also well written and concise. He covers how to use PHP as a web scripting language and the database access aspects of it as well. If you are not familiar with how web apps work, Mr. Gilmore gets you workinq quickly with ideas and hints to using templates and dynamic page generation techniques. The chapters each complete with a sample PHP web app.
The final section covers XML, Javascript/COM, and security. The security chapter is a must read for beginnig PHP programmers so the don't leave gaping holes in there sites.
I highly recommend this book for any programmer looking to move to PHP. PHP is a high level productive web development environment and Mr. Gilmore made it even more so for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment Aug. 20 2001
I admit I have learned new things from this book: for instance, the new block syntax/constructs, using "if (conditions):" and "endif;", instead of curly braces (and this also applies to for constructs). Also, the require_once and include_once functions, that seem pretty self-explanatory compared to require() and include().
However the book misses a lot that is elementary to (web) application development. For instance, it does not discuss how to use define() to declare CONSTANTS, so that you can absolutely avoid over-writing some key information. And the book purports to discuss integrating Javascript into PHP/Web applications, and then spends only about 6 or 8 pages of uselessly vague information on this topic (instead, it might have been interesting to contrast the way the two languages implement regular expressions, so, for instance, you could sync up client side Javascript form validation code with server side PHP form validation code).
Therefore, I would place this book at the beginning to intermediate level, rather than the intermediate to advanced level I was hoping for. I don't foresee using this book much now that I've bought it, but am glad I have a protege to whom I can pass it along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-have Reference for the PHP Novice May 29 2001
I haven't read a lot of PHP books, but as far as programming books in general go, this is one of the better ones. It does what it says, and fulfills the basic need to jump start your PHP development. You really don't need to know much to get maximum benefit from the book, because it starts from the beginning. The word programmer in the title seems to be simply a caveat so the author can move through the material at a brisk pace.
Why is this book such a good buy?... What this book does is give you a quick reference to the basics of the language WITHOUT getting bogged down with the lengthy explanations that a raw beginner might need. The book is so concise and well organized that you can find clear examples and explanations on almost any common topic with no hassle.
I really have to emphasize how much this will speed up your early PHP development.
Topics covered include: Installation, Configuration, Variables, Arrays, Expressions, Operators, Control Structures, Functions, Libraries, OOP, Files, Strings, Regular Expressions, Templates, HTML Forms, Databases (MySQL), Cookies, Session Tracking, XML, Javascript, COM, and Security.
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This book is well done. It is easy to understand and the code and examples are great. Its starts off with a section on the fundamentals of using PHP in a web site. It has a great section on File I/O and the file system. The most useful part of the text for me was the section toward the end of the book on dynamic web sites (chapters covering forms and databases - specifically MySQL).
I have read and reviewed (for text adoption at the college I work at) a number of PHP/MySQL books in the past year and I found the Gilmore text (A Programmer's Introduciton to PHP 4.0) targeted to people who already understand HTML and static web development and some basic programming concepts. The text is full of solid code and clear explainations.
This text is geared for people who want to implement an open source PHP and MySQL or other database solution. Mr Gilmore gets right to the point quickly brings you up to speed. Many of my junior and senior level students also liked the book.
The curriculum I use in class (at the college) is well supported by this book. The following is a list of key elements I cover in my PHP/MySQL class (and is well supported by this book):
PHP Introduction - Server Environment (usernames/passwords) Server Side Includes, Redirects, Date Functions (1 week) Intermingling HTML and PHP, Variables, Form Processing, and E-mail Handling (1 week) Introduction to SQL and MySQL - working with tables and data (in and out) (3 weeks) Web-Based Registration Systems - forms to register, send data, get data, relational databases, etc. (2 weeks) PHP Fundamentals - More of Variables, Functions, Arrays, etc. (3 weeks) PHP File Management (1 week) PHP Searching and Sorting (1 week) PHP Security and .htaccess Security (1 week)
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is overrated -- too many mistakes
I'll have to concur with the anonymous reviewer. There are many mistakes throughout the code in this book. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by Stephan Branczyk
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of errors
There are lots of errors in the code listings in this book, as well as a lot of typos in the text. This is not just annoying, but quite confusing. Read more
Published on May 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 thumbs up
Not for newbies to programming but if you know the basics
of html and javascript and basic database stuff but want the
heads up on PHP then this book is great !!!... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2002 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat misleading title, but the book is still great
A more appropriate title would have been 'An Introduction to PHP 4.0 for HTML Programmers'. The first five chapters cover basic programming concepts such as data types,... Read more
Published on July 9 2002 by Dave Dorsey
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Thumbs UP!
The book gave me so much fundamental insights I needed to get started with PHP. The examples are easy to understand; explanations are to the point; and the entire book is so very... Read more
Published on March 20 2002 by sara choe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for an autodidact
This is a great book. I am not a professional programmer but have some experience with Perl and needed to use PHP. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2002 by hecate
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for an autodidact
This is a great book. I am not a professional programmer but have some experience with Perl and needed to use PHP. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2002 by hecate
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book
Overall, this was not a bad book. I was breezing through the chapters since I already knew C++... and I have to say he did a good job on showing how to set up PHP with Apache. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2001 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for those who hate to read 3" thick books
This is actually the only PHP book that I can finish reading. Those thick books from Sam's and Wrox are just too much for me. Read more
Published on June 30 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing look at PHP and programming
Before reading this book I was a very discouraged CIS student. I was losing interest and fast. Programming no longer seemed as romantic as it once was (it once did...honest). Read more
Published on June 27 2001 by Richard Watkins
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