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  • Paperback: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (Aug. 5 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130463469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130463463
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.1 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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When I wrote the Foreword for Leon's second edition, PHP 4 had just started making it big, taking over the market share from PHP 3. The new version made great promises, and looking back it met all of its promises and more. We can see that at present PHP 4 has no doubt not only replaced almost all PHP 3 installations, but has conquered the Web application development market with its millions of installations and use in enterprise companies.

Today, we are again facing exciting times. PHP 5 is about to be released, promising major improvements to the growing PHP community. As with previous versions, the major improvements are at the language level. Zeev and I redesigned the object model--at last dumping the problematic model, which originated from our work in PHP 3. Some of the other changes we made include:

  • Treating objects as handles and not native types, allowing for other new features and fixing some odd behavior.
  • Allowing for private, public, and protected access restrictions on members and methods.
  • Introducing exception handling a la C++'s try/catch.
  • Providing interfaces similar to the ones found in Java giving.
  • And lots more...

PHP 5 is also expected to feature improvements and additions in other areas, including better all-around XML support, improved streams support, and more.

In the 3rd edition of Core PHP Programming, Leon has invited my partner Zeev Suraski to cover the PHP 5 language changes. No doubt that Leon's experience in writing PHP books and Zeev's superior knowledge of PHP 5 and its internals have led to a must-buy book for PHP developers.

I hope you enjoy this book and that it accompanies you during the adoption phase of PHP 5.

Andi Gutmans Herzelyia, Israel

From the Back Cover

Fully revised for PHP 5

  • The authoritative guide to real-world development with the new PHP 5
  • Brand-new coverage of PHP design patterns, object techniques, and XML
  • Updated coverage of syntax, functions, algorithms, and PHP software engineering
  • Includes 650+ downloadable code examples
  • Co-authored by Zeev Suraski, PHP 5 contributor and Zend Engine 2 co-creator
  • Praise for the third edition:
    “In the Third Edition of Core PHP Programming, Leon has invited my partner Zeev Suraski to cover the PHP 5 language changes. Leon’s experience in writing PHP books and Zeev’s superior knowledge of PHP 5 and its internals have led to a must-buy book for PHP developers. I hope you enjoy this book and that it accompanies you during the adoption phase of PHP 5.”

    —Andi Gutmans, PHP 5 contributor and Zend Engine 2 co-creator

    The authoritative guide to PHP 5! Master PHP 5, the easy, high-performance solution for enterprise-class Web development!

    Core PHP Programming, Third Edition is the authoritative guide to the brand-new PHP 5. Top PHP developer Leon Atkinson and PHP 5 contributor/Zend Engine 2 co-creator Zeev Suraski cover every facet of real-world PHP development, from basic syntax to state-of-the-art design patterns.

    It’s all here: networking, data structures, regular expressions, math, configuration, graphics, MySQL/PostgreSQL support, XML, algorithms, debugging, and much more. Discover how to build enterprise-class applications that use PHP 5’s breakthrough object-oriented features…and leverage the extraordinary Zend Engine 2 performance improvements this book’s co-author helped to implement.

    Every Core Series book:
    • DEMONSTRATES how to write commercial-quality code
    • FEATURES nontrivial programs and examples—no toy code!
    • FOCUSES on the features and functions most important to real developers
    • PROVIDES objective, unbiased coverage of cutting-edge technologies—no hype!
    Core PHP Programming, Third Edition delivers:
    • Accurate, thorough coverage of PHP 5 syntax, functions, and algorithms
    • Step-by-step guidance for PHP 5 database integration and XML development
    • Best practices for software design, debugging, and integration

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    Format: Paperback
    A PHP book for serious programmers
    Core PHP is a book for serious programmers written by people who obviously know the subject inside out. The book is over a 1,000 pages long with densely packed pages. One of the authors Zeev Suraski is the co-creator of the upcoming PHP5 Zend Engine (the heart of the PHP system). The fact that it covers PHP 5 from people involved with that development give it an edge on many older books currently on shelves. The writing style is dry and factual (which is what I want from a technical book). If you have experience with other programming languages such as perl or C/C++ this book could be your rapid transition tool. I have a significant background in Java and a few years ago regarded PHP as just another scripting language that would allow trivial jobs to be done easily and give me sufficient rope to do damage when attempting bigger jobs. I was wrong, and the new features of PHP 5 may help it capture more of the hearts and minds of web developers. Unlike Java there is a shortage of good PHP books.
    The tutorial section
    The tutorial section covers the basics of obtaining and installing PHP both on Windows and UNIX style platforms. I would have preferred it if they had gone into more details on this subject as I seem to manage to mess up installation and configuration every time I do it under Linux. I always seem to fumble around, missing vital components and when I finally get it working I am not quite sure what it was that made it work. The brevity of the installation instructions are rather summed up by the comment "if you have ever compiled software you've found on the net you will have little trouble with this installation".
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    One of my key concerns when reviewing a good book is the pull between information density and a light, easily read style. I believe that as we get further along the learning curve we can sacrifice some readability for density -- we want more facts and less explanation.
    The authors of Core PHP Programming have found a marvelous middle ground. Toward the beginning of the book they have a great deal of light, explanatory material as they cover the basics of PHP. As they move towards more advanced topics there is less explanation and a tighter packing of information. At the same time the book has a large number of small code examples throughout, making sure that you know how to use the functions under discussion.
    This is the third edition and I must admit that I had not come across it in either the first or second editions, so I have no great way of comparing them in this review. It has certainly been revised to take into account the changes for PHP 5 and examining the table of contents for the second edition on Safari I can see the that the basic structure has remained the same while the book has grown about 300 pages. The addition of Zeev Suraski as co-author can only be to the benefit of the quality of the information, particularly regarding PHP 5.
    The book starts with the absolute rock bottom of PHP, the basic data types and operators through to efficiency, debugging and design patterns. Along the way it covers almost all aspects of PHP 5 with a readable reference style. The 'Core' in the title of this book is a key to understanding it. If you're looking for a book with all the code required to handle session management, or user logins and security (to mention two possibilities) then this isn't the book for you.
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    First, I'll admit that I'm biased against PHP because it's such a haphazard language. I was frustrated to no end to find out that they made a huge change to the object model with this PHP 5. But, since it's helpful to know PHP, I figured I would grab a book that was written by the authoritative gurus on PHP. With that having been said ...
    What a joke! This isn't a programming book, it's a memoir! The authors explain PHP only to the extent to which it allows them to glorify themselves and the open source community (or as I like to call it: the confoundingly elitist hippy brigade.
    Part 1 is actually the most useful part of this useless book. It walks you through the basics of the language. Thankfully, it has the most examples so you can do some real learning instead of listening to their pie-in-the-sky abstraction ideas. Part 2 calls itself a "functional reference", but it's anything than that. Each entry gets a paragraph talking about the language element. But, there's no indication of how to use it -- not even an example in most cases! Furthermore, part 3 and part 4 of the book are totally useless. Yes, they explain how to code a nice sorting algorithm, use nifty graphics manipulators, and how to write efficient code. But, honestly? If you were writing code in another language, you could buy modules for sorting and graphics for about $10 each that are far easier to use and more powerful than what's given in PHP. This book doesn't cover all the bases it should about writing code well - they dedicate anout 25 pages to the subject. And, if you're concerned about writing efficient code and building sorting routines from scratch yourself, go take a class and learn to do it right! (Hint: this book actually shows you how to do it INcorrectly on occasion.)
    Save your money and try one of the "customers who bought this also bought" because that will tell you where customers turned to after this book completely disappointed them.
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