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Beginning PHP and MySQL E-Commerce: From Novice to Professional Paperback – Feb 25 2008
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Cristian Darie is a software engineer with experience in a wide range of modern technologies, and the author of numerous books. Cristian is studying distributed application architectures for his PhD, and is getting involved with various commercial and research projects. When not planning to buy Google, he enjoys his bit of social life. You can reach Cristian through his personal website at http://www.cristiandarie.ro. Emilian Balanescu is a programmer experienced in many technologies, including PHP, Java, .NET, PostgreSQL, MS SQL Server, MySQL, and others. He currently works as a Wireless Network Administrator at accessNET International S.A. Romania, a company which provides fixed wireless access services operating a point-to-multipoint digital radiocommunication network with national coverage. His latest project in this position was developing an AJAX-enabled real-time Network Management System (using SNMP, Perl, PHP, and PostgreSQL) used for remote debugging, monitoring system performance, and isolating and troubleshooting system problems. You can reach Emilian at www.emilianbalanescu.ro.
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Here's what I disliked about this book. This book is not a beginning PHP book and it's not a beginning MySQL book like the title might suggest. It is a beginning e-commerce book and readers are expected to be familiar with both PHP and MySQL. It is also assumed that you are familiar with OOP and the smarty templating engine. For people not familiar with smarty this might be a little intimidating. Smarty is actually fairly straight forward but you might need to visit [...] for a crash course. Help is given to set up your working environment and the authors do get you started down the right path with smarty.
I certainly did not like the writing style of this book. Most chapters start out with objectives quickly followed by numerous pages of code. This section of code is followed by a paragraph, entitled what just happened, which loosely describes what the code does but not how the code works. This same process is repeated until the end of the chapter. All of the code is commented well but it's up to you the reader to understand what's going on. I would have preferred if a little more time was spent describing the concepts being used. I get the feeling the authors were trying to cram this book into 700 pages out of fear of having a 1000 plus page book. Personally I wouldn't have minded if it were that long. On the flip side this did force me to really focus and understand what I was reading and not just "follow along".
Lastly, I did not like that this book did not also cover macs. There are only a handful of changes that need to be made to make this work on a mac however if you are not familiar with developing PHP sites on a mac you could easily get hung up on one of these simple problems.
Considering my dislikes you might be surprised that I didn't rate this book lower, but a walked away having learned so much I had to give this book at least four stars. This book is challenging but well worth every page.
As for critics that claimed this book is "impossible" or that "the code doesn't work" or that "the author won't respond" don't believe it. This book is challenging but as long as you stay focused and follow the book closely there should be no problems and yes the author did respond to my questions.
Mr. Darie makes you use smarty templates and yahoo table builder, which kind of upset me because I was hoping to see everything made from scratch without 3rd party engines and such.
Bottom line. This book needs a lot of dedication and time. It does teach you a lot of stuff, assuming you know the basics of programming.
Highly recommend for experienced programmers.
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