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Beginning PHP4 Paperback – Nov 15 2000
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Beginning PHP4 offers an almost ideal introductory tutorial to one of today's hottest scripting languages. This book is really all the novice needs to start building dynamic Web sites powered by PHP4, but old hands at programming will also find valuable information inside it.
PHP, of course, is introduced in the book, but there is also an approachable and effective introduction to programming in general. The conscientious tutorial on basic concepts like variables, keywords and flow control will give even beginners an understanding of the basics of writing programs. PHP, it turns out, is not only a great way to generate HTML dynamically, it's a very marketable skill. Web fundamentals like HTTP, HTML form variables, and managing session information using no less than four different techniques are explained thoroughly and effectively. You also find out how to install PHP and other tools on your system, with the assistance of plenty of screen shots.
That's not to say that this book will cramp the style of more experienced developers. Some chapters delve into such important and advanced topics as database programming (with MySQL) and PHP's support for XML. One standout section demystifies the new support for objects and classes in PHP4. Basic topics like managing files and directories on the server, plus graphics processing, are addressed, of course, and a nifty sample program shows you how to build a Web-based text editor. Except for the final case study, a "URL directory manager" (akin to Yahoo) that is rather specialised, the examples are spot on, illustrating everyday programming tasks. You will also learn to generate e-mail with PHP, certainly a valuable skill to have.
The appendix lists several hundred PHP functions in over 50 pages--a handy and useful feature. In all, Beginning PHP4 provides a strong choice for learning about one of today's most powerful and easy-to-use scripting languages. It is concise, fast-moving and thoroughly approachable. --Richard Dragan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This book assumes some familiarity with HTML and the mechanics of the web, but is for people new to PHP who want to start developing web applications. This includes HTML users, ASP and ColdFusion developers looking to learn a new platform and web development managers wanting to move development to Linux. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
As far as depth goes, such as discussing details of the functions. Well, that's what the php manual is for ([...] Initially I tried to learn the language from the php manual alone but didn't get very far, I couldn't see the forest because the trees were in the way, eg too much detail without a big picture. What this book does is to focus on the big picture of how and why to do something. It also shows multiple approachs to the same problem and compares them so that you get an idea of the alternatives and trade-offs.
Starting from not knowing php to writing some very sophisticated programs... I learned it all with two books and the manual. The other book that I read is PHP Developers Cookbook. The two books are very complimentary, there is not that much overlap between them instead they fill each others gaps. Note that the "Cookbook" is more advanced and assumes that you already know a lot of php.
Okay, the one big gripe that I have is their lack of proof reading. They must have really rushed this to press. There are literally hundreds of errors and the errata sheet is incomplete.Read more ›
The examples are also very tedious and in some places extremely repetitive (chapter 10 repeats the same example ten times with very little change).
Overall a great dissapointment and it is also out of date as new PHP security means most examples will not work without changing to a weaker security setting.
Not recommended, there must be more consistent books about for PHP.
I say go WNOR, Chris, et al. You all did a good job. I felt like the authors were sitting over my shoulder and giving me a one on one session each time I read the book. The examples were fun, understandable, and had a point them. They also helped me to have a better understanding in Programming in general. The next year, I had a C/C++ programming class and Aced it without a problem. You know, they say 9 out of 10 students fail their first programming class. I wasn't one of those nine thanks to this book.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is very well written, but you should know that the code in the book is written with "register_globals" turned on in the php engine. Read morePublished on April 19 2004
The book is out of date as it covers PHP4 before security changes were made. It is also very inconsistant later on, as the various authors seem to believe in very different... Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003
I was having headache when i read the book, that because the examples were all related to MATH . it's no use for building a real website . Read morePublished on June 17 2003 by LuckyStar
The book was great. I learned from in-depth examples. The only problem I had with the book was that some of the examples didn't work. Read morePublished on June 13 2003 by Seth Buntin
I began php with two books, one being this wrox publication and the other a more advanced sams publication. The wrox publication was the fundamental lifesaver in my php learning. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by Richard York
This book reads as if someone recorded a group of teen-aged programmers telling someone how to write PHP scripts, and then simply transcribed what they said into a book. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2003 by Syd Allan (www.jagular.com/beowulf)
this book is heavy, its thick and its almost completely useless. well not totally useless, but it does lack alot of details and explanation about how some functions are created and... Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2002 by Jon
....get the Professional book, even if you have limited PHP experience. I thought it would be a good idea to start from scratch even though I had fairly advanced actionscripting... Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2002 by Tony Montana
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