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CodeIgniter for Rapid PHP Application Development [Kindle Edition]

David Upton

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This book steps you through the main features of CodeIgniter in a systematic way, explaining them clearly with illustrative code examples. This book is for developers who are new to CodeIgniter. Basic skills in PHP and MySQL are required, but only rudimentary object-oriented knowledge is required. If you're looking for a better way to develop PHP applications, or want to find out more about the CodeIgniter framework as a viable option for one of your own projects, this book will help you.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3390 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (July 23 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UNYDV4
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deeper Overview Sept. 10 2008
By Dale Vogel - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
CodeIgniter is the fastest PHP framework out there, and it works. There are very few bugs in the code. The other thing that CodeIgniter has that other frameworks don't is a good forum and excellent documentation. It has an outstanding Users Guide you can download which lists every function with a code example.

And now, there are two books out on CodeIgniter. I purchased both books, read this one from cover to cover, and am 1/3 of the way through the "Professional CodeIgniter" book, which is much slower going. I figure folks might want to know the difference before they buy.

"CodeIgniter for Rapid PHP..." is a detailed overview of CodeIgniter. First, I have to disagree with the previous reviewer. This book does not walk you through a complete application. There is part of an application in Chap 13 & 14, but that's it. This is an overview book. It is more verbose than the User's Guide, and arranges the topics in a different, perhaps, more understandable format. This is a reading book. You're not meant to sit at your computer, and input the code with this book. Instead the code is presented in a "how to do this" type of format, and now, let's move on to the next topic. There is not a consistent application throughout the book that glues all the chapters together. This could be a reference for CodeIgniter, except I wish it had a better Index. For example, there is no Model topic under M in the Index which lists only "Menu" under "M." In contrast, "Professional CodeIgniter" lists 24 subtopics under "Model" in its Index.

Having gone through the negatives, I still rate this book 4 stars, because it is very readable, and there is value to be gained from the read. It's an excellent detailed overview. There are pearls and tidbits that you pick up in the book that make it worthwhile. You get a good overall feel of CodeIgniter from the book. It's also nice to read a computer book without necessarily running to the computer every two pages. You don't need your computer to benefit from this book, unlike the "Professional CodeIgniter" book which you do need a computer, and is not as easily read which I'll review on its page.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hesitant at first Dec 22 2007
By Jesse D. Terry - Published on
When I first discovered CodeIgniter, I was overcome with glee after following the video tutorials. It all worked. There was no need to rely on any command-line interaction to "automagically" build my application for me. There was no dependence on PEAR or any other outside resources. There was just CodeIgniter. And it worked.

As soon as I got a grasp on what it was doing and why, I dove into the excellent User Guide and began to feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This felt like home. The user guide is written in such a non-intimidating manner that it invites even the most timid of PHP developers. To this day, I still refer to the user guide when I forget specific syntax or function names and it's a guick in-and-out routine. Nothing at all complex about it.

Not too long ago I came across a book by Packt Publishing called 'CodeIgniter for Rapid PHP Application Development'. At first, I thought to myself, "Why?". The combination of the user guide, the forum and CodeIgniter's well structured code is surely enough for anybody to learn, right? What could this book have that any potential developer could not obtain through these natural resources?

Throughout the fifteen chapters in the book, the author walks you through building a functional application from start to finish (well, at least as finished as any web application truly is). At first I thought the choice of the application to build was rather odd, but as I continued reading the book, I realized it was a good example because of the wide array of helpers, libraries and other standard CodeIgniter components and logic the application uses. Specifically, the example application provides a way to monitor several different aspects of remote websites by performing tests and generating reports. The author does a great job of walking the reader through the process step by step while explaining why and how the various CodeIgniter components are being used.

However, I did find the odd spelling error here and there and I don't necessarily agree with outputting HTML from a model, but overall this book is a great addition to the natural resources that the user guide and forum provide. This book will be of no help to the (albeit few) people that immediately jump into the forums asking "how do I..." without taking a little time to read through the user guide and searching pre-existent forum threads to find a solution for their problem, but for those who truly want to learn more about the framework and want to have a good book on hand, then this book certainly does the trick.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to an updated version Feb. 11 2009
By Jesse Schutt - Published on
Like the other reviews have indicated, CodeIgniter is a terrific asset to application development. I am fairly new to both CI and PHP, but after learning as much as I can from the internet, I felt it was time to look to some books.

This book is very easy to read and does not feel like a "tech" manual at all. Don't let that fool you though, it is very informative, just not at the cost of being boring. It exposed some of the more interesting aspects of CodeIgniter, such as the test suite, FTP class, as well as many other nuances of the framework.

Since the writing of this book, CodeIgniter has grown to version 1.7.2, which is far beyond the 1.5 that the book refers to. I know that there have been many updates to CI and thus rendered some of the techniques shown to be outdated. The form validation section is one that stands out to me as being greatly improved in version 1.7+.

Considering that this book is a bit dated, it is still a great asset to anyone desiring to learn the basics as well as some logic behind CodeIgniter.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PHP 201 - this is it! Nov. 10 2007
By Douglas Karr - Published on
My favorite book on PHP/MySQL is still PHP and MySQL Web Development (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library). It's PHP 101 and MySQL 101 all wrapped up in a fantastic, comprehensive book with tons of code samples.

CodeIgniter is a perfect compliment, perhaps a PHP 201 guide. It takes all of the rigorous PHP hard-coding and supplies a framework to develop code faster and with the best practices of a MVC system. Aside from being well-written with tons of real-world examples, one of the things I like best about this book is that it explains what it's not. CodeIgniter is a home-grown open-source framework. As such, it has some admitted limitations. The book is refreshing and honest.

The book is a perfect way of learning advanced development techniques, not just using CodeIgniter though. I'd highly recommend the book. The book states "Improve your PHP coding productivity with the free compact open-source MVC CodeIgniter framework!". This is both honest and accurate!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Time Jan. 9 2013
By Steve Adams - Published on
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I found this book to be a waste of my time. The main problem is that it's written for CI 1.5.3 and the current version of CI is 2.1.3. So it's not clear what you have to change in the examples to work with the current CI, and this is something no beginner should have try to decide. I worked up through Chapter 3, where he put an example together that seemed to illustrate all the main features of CI and would have been interesting to study and play with, but the book code seemed to have some mistakes and there's no code available for this example to download with the book to see what code they finally ran for the example. (The book's site has downloadable code, but they start at Chapter 4!) So I abandoned the book after Chapter 3.

This could be a good book, if it were just accurate. Upton does a good job of holding your hand and giving you encouragement, but he walks you down a dead end path.

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