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CodeIgniter 1.7 Professional Development [Kindle Edition]

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This book is a practical guide that takes you through a number of techniques. Each chapter builds upon knowledge from the previous chapter. Step-by-step instructions with examples and illustrative screenshots ensure that you gain a firm grasp of the topic being explained. This book is written for advanced PHP developers with a good working knowledge of Object Oriented Programming techniques who are comfortable with developing applications and wish to use CodeIgniter to make their development easier, quicker, and more fun. Basic knowledge of CodeIgniter will be helpful. This book will suit developers who fall into three categories: Professional Developers – employees of a software house or organization with in-house software development, Freelance Developers – solo developers working in the industry on their own, Just-for-fun Developers – people working with PHP building web applications is their spare time for fun

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 838 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (April 26 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058CR2NI
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What was PACKT thinking? May 8 2010
By Jack Cadman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book because it was just recently published and I figured it would have the most up to date information on the current version as well as have current insights into the best practices for using the framework. By the end of chapter two, I was baffled. The writing style was unusual, superficial, and there were quite a few typos. At first I thought it was just a bad editor, but then I "Googled" the author. To my surprise, he's only 17 years old. The book states that he's had 5 years of experience programming in PHP. I'm not trying to knock this young author, after all, I wasn't programming PHP at age 12. But what was PACKT thinking publishing a programming reference book written by a 17 year old? Once the age thing came out, the writing made a lot more sense. The book supposes that the reader is versed in PHP and HTML. While some of the more complicated Codeigniter functions are glossed over with one sentence paragraphs, there's a whole page explaining what a carbon copy and a blind carbon copy are in an email. This is only one of many examples that made me question the competency of the material being presented. The book even mimics the Codeigniter style guide in the "correct," "incorrect," style of writing as well as the order in which the techniques are presented. There is nothing in this book that you can't find in the user guide or the many tutorials online.

I feel like I was duped by PACKT publishing and I'll certainly do more thorough background checks before any further purchases from them. A return is in my future... As for the Author, I certainly commend you. I certainly wasn't thinking about writing books at that age, but unfortunately, I think you were let down by your editors who should have provided a bit more guidance like "get some real life programming experience, then we'll publish." For everyone else, I suggest you spend some time in the native Codeigniter user guide.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: CodeIgniter 1.7 Professional Development June 15 2010
By Florin Dinu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book is about developing applications with CodeIgniter 1.7. It's targeted at PHP developers with enough background to know what they are doing. Although the book says that it's written for advanced developers, I would say that an intermediate programmer could probably understand it pretty well.

The book starts out with a "Getting started" chapter that tells you where to get CodeIgniter and how to install it. The author explains the MVC pattern and goes trough the framework's major features, summarily explaining each one, but without going into an in-depth description.

Chapter 2 starts by explaining what a CodeIgniter library is, and then it goes trough some of the most important ones, briefly discussing their API's and giving short examples on their usage.

For the input class, the authors point out it's XSS filters and give examples on how to use them.

I would have liked more details, and for the author to go into a more technical discussion. In an example the author used the form helper functions (form_open_multipart/form_close) without mentioning them in the text, it's not a big deal but a little annoying.

Chapter 3 moves on to the more interesting parts of CI. It explains how form validation works and extends an example from the previous chapter, after that the chapter moves on to the database, showing how to execute queries and explaining the types of result sets returned.

A big part of this chapter is dedicated to CI's Active Record layer, each method in this layer is explained and accompanied by an example.

In chapter 4 the author explains user authentication, with ample examples for everything you would need from such a system. This chapter goes into detail and it contains a lot of code, for controllers, views and models.

Chapter 5 comes as a surprise, it's about user authentication. But wait! Wasn't that chapter 4?

Well yes, while chapter 4 is all about standard methods, where you have a database, with a users table and all that stuff, this chapter is about fun things such as using oAuth and Twitter and Facebook Connect and how to use all these things in the context of CodeIgniter.

In chapter 6 the author talks about security and the features that CI provides to help you keep your code secure.

Chapter 7 is all about large scale applications, touching on subjects such as benchmarks and bottlenecks, different kinds of caching and running your application distributed across a number of machines.

Chapter 8 is another helpful chapter, it's about web services, how to do REST and XML-RPC with CodeIgniter and as with all the previous chapters, it's based on examples.

Chapter 9 is about extending CodeIgniter and it goes to list some of the more obscure features.

Like chapter 5, the final chapter (10 if you're counting), comes as a surprise. It describes how you can give back to the community, by writing a library (for example) and releasing it as open source.

So what do I think?

Well, the book is nice, it started out with a feeling of being rushed, not enough details in the first chapters, but once the author got the beginner stuff out of the way, he focused on some really cool and interesting things.

Do I recommend it?

If you want to use CodeIgniter, definitely.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not especially useful July 11 2010
By C. Bruner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book hoping to get some help with a redesign of my website, [...] . The problem I was having with codeigniter was the authentication. The book has a little demo of it, and then refers to his online open source library which has a more complete solution. Both solutions were inadequate for me, and looks like they only addresses a few of the issues involved with authentication. Further the library wasn't written as open as it could be and consequently adding in the addition issues involves rewriting the library. Not worth the time. The book itself is ok, for someone curious about codeigniter, but not really good enough for anything beyond the basics.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing March 9 2011
By Moe 2.0 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having experience with MVC in Java, I purchased this book to learn more details about CodeIgniter.

The book lacks general continuity. The example code is poorly written. I don't believe the author has a full understanding of MVC. Following his examples will lead to "bloated controllers", resulting in reduced testability and applications that are difficult and expensive to update in the future.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited and difficult to follow Dec 7 2010
By Esther M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm an experienced PHP developer, hoping to learn a new framework. I purchased this book from Packt hoping that it would be similar to their Joomla books, which take you through creating several complex sample applications, chapter by chapter building on your new knowledge. I was very disappointed to find this was not the case. Perhaps, as some reviewers state, the content gets better in the later chapters, but the initial chapters were so disjointed, poorly-written, and even more poorly-edited, that I couldn't manage to get through to the later chapters.

There are tons of incorrectly-placed references in the text; for example, in discussing the Input and Security class, the author states that, "we've already used this class when we built our contact form", but the actual building of the contact form doesn't come for another 8 pages or so. There are also chunks of code shown, but no information about where those chunks are supposed to go - in the model, view, or controller. If the author had just skipped putting any code at all in the text and indicated that all sample code for a particular "lesson" is included in the sample code download, things might have been clearer, but there was no mention of that.

All in all, a waste of money.

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