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Book Description

Nov. 13 2009 From Technologies to Solutions
Improve your PHP coding productivity with the free compact open-source MVC CodeIgniter framework!
  • Clear, structured tutorial on working with CodeIgniter for rapid PHP application development
  • Careful explanation of the basic concepts of CodeIgniter and its MVC architecture
  • Use CodeIgniter with databases, HTML forms, files, images, sessions, and email
  • Full of ideas and examples with instructions making it ideal for beginners to CodeIgniter

In Detail CodeIgniter (CI) is a powerful open-source PHP framework with a very small footprint, built for PHP coders who need a simple and elegant toolkit to create full-featured web applications. CodeIgniter is an MVC framework, similar in some ways to the Rails framework for Ruby, and is designed to enable, not overwhelm.

This book explains how to work with CodeIgniter in a clear logical way. It is not a detailed guide to the syntax of CodeIgniter, but makes an ideal complement to the existing online CodeIgniter user guide, helping you grasp the bigger picture and bringing together many ideas to get your application development started as smoothly as possible.

This book will start you from the basics, installing CodeIgniter, understanding its structure and the MVC pattern. You will also learn how to use some of the most important CodeIgniter libraries and helpers, upload it to a shared server, and take care of the most common problems. If you are new to CodeIgniter, this book will guide you from bottom to top. If you are an experienced developer or already know about CodeIgniter, here you will find ideas and code examples to compare to your own.

What you will learn from this book?

  • Download, install, and configure a CodeIgniter site and learn how to use mod_rewrite to generate better URLs
  • Organize a dynamic web site using the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern
  • Simplify your database access by integrating databases such as MySQL
  • Make your site more robust and professional by using CI's built-in classes
  • Understand the structure of a CI site and its object-oriented aspects
  • Reduce the code necessary to create a form using form helper - one of the fine features of CodeIgniter
  • Take any library or code, from your previous work, third-party code, etc. and put it to use inside CodeIgniter
  • Generate Create, Update, Delete, and Read (C.R.U.D) entries on each database table
  • Create multi-language sites, handle files, images, sessions, and send email easily with the help of CI
  • Work with files easily -upload them, download them, and put them into a Zip file
  • Test your code with error handling, unit testing, benchmarking, and profiling with the help of CI
  • Build a dynamic web site quickly and easily using CodeIgniter's prepared code


This book takes a step-by-step approach, presenting the main features of CodeIgniter in a systematic way and explaining them clearly. It is packed with examples, ideas, and screenshots to help you master this great framework. The code examples are very practical so you can even use them in your own projects. By following this book, you can use CodeIgniter in the best possible way and maximize your learning.

Who this book is written for? 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 needed.

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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (Nov. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847199488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847199485
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #901,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars BEGINNERS BEWARE - Riddled with typos and errors April 3 2010
By B. Mulligan - Published on
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There aren't a lot of CodeIgniter books, and I got this as a fairly new beginner. I had watched Jeffrey Way's free CodeIgniter From Scratch video tutorials (which are amazing - [...]) but wanted to dive deeper so got this book.

I have two main issues with this book, and I'll try to be brief.

1) It's RIDDLED with errors and typos. Honestly, I feel like every few pages, there is information that is just wrong. Variables with the wrong names, commas where there should be periods, etc.. I have enough programming experience to notice when something is off, but a beginner will be very very confused. It's awful, and makes the book very hard to read.

2) Just when they start to dig deep, they refer you to the CodeIgniter User Guide (which is also comprehensive and amazing - [...]). They do it all the time. It seems like instead of doing the real work and writing a 500 page book covering ALL of CodeIgniter, they write 30% of what they need to and encourage the reader to "learn more" by reading the user guide. It gets really old, and I'd much prefer a comprehensive book rather than a cursory overview.

I'm sorry for the bad review, but I don't feel like it's a book worth reading. I haven't read any of the other CI books, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I've read a lot of programming books in the past and they have all be more clear, correct, and comprehensive than this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad book on codeigniter June 28 2010
By Gary Fang - Published on
You'll have an easier time reading and understanding about Codeigniter from the manual than this book. Many times, I had to refer back to the manual to understand what the author was talking about. Plus lots of errors and lack of examples.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, sometimes a little confusing.. April 3 2010
By txmail - Published on
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This is a great reference book not only to read while away from your computer but also to keep next to the keyboard as you are developing. I typically do not read these types of books cover to cover but being new to the whole MVC concept had me reading most of the book page by page. The MVC design principals discussed are balanced in the fact that they show you why the MVC design is better then most ad-hoc systems. The Active Record class implementation should be reason enough to use the framework on any PHP site that uses CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) / databases in general.

The sometimes confusing part of my title comes in to play when skimming over the book, it seems like they reference things a few pages back which means you have to backtrack to understand where the example or corresponding part is at (if you read page to page this will probably not be a problem). Overall a highly recommended framework and book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written. March 19 2010
By HappyChickenLogistics - Published on
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I bought this mainly because I found myself away from the computer often but I still wanted to learn how to use the framework when I couldn't use the computer.

The writing is well done and I think this is a great resource for anyone who is somewhat new to Codeigniter, PHP, or MVC (or at least Codeigniter's version of it). While a lot of the information contained within can be easily obtained online, this book does a great job of explaining things clearly and providing nice examples and walkthroughs.

If you are a more advanced user then this book might not be for you. Once you start delving into some of the more advanced portions of Codeigniter you will quickly find yourself searching for more answers online, although it is hard to fault this book for not covering everything.

Overall a nice resource to have.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but has typos Nov. 1 2010
By K. Addaquay - Published on
I highly recommend this book. its a great resource to get you started with CI. Yes there are typos, but the knowledge you get from this book is so great, you yourself will see all the typos. I recommend it !

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