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:
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
Fully revised for PHP 5
“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-creatorThe 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:
yeah, i had to agree with the negative reviews. this book isn't very good. it reads like bad vcr instructions or something.Published on April 16 2004 by Ellie K
So, I thought the negative reviews on this page were kinda suspicious. I decided to buy the book anyways because of all the positive reviews. But, whoa! Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by Robert Zmis
If you want a good intermediate to advanced book that includes: a solid tutorial of the syntax of PHP, an excellent function reference with good examples (99% of the examples... Read morePublished on March 7 2004 by This Is A War Room
This book just flat out sucks. The negative reviews say it all, so I won't waste time writing up the same stuff they did.Published on Feb. 27 2004 by Paul Johnkraj
I read the reviews before I bought the book. Sadly, I should have listened to the negative reviews. This book is NOT what it's advertised. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by Jim Kellsan
I have to agree with the negative reviews - this book just doesn't make any sense. First of all, why call it "Core" PHP? There's no core to this book. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by Ralph
Great combination of PHP programming basics, function reference, how-to and guidance on project development. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by John Paulkraj
I read some of the negative reviews, and I must say they are completely off the mark .One of them waffled on about how this is not for inexperienced PHP propgrammers, freely admits... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by jsut69