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Dr. William B. Sanders is a Professor of Multimedia Web Design and Development at the University of Hartford. He teaches courses in PHP, MySQL, C#, SQL, HTML5, CSS, and ActiionScript 3.0 among other Internet languages. He co-authored ActionScript 3.0 Design Patterns (O’Reilly, 2007) and has been actively working with design patterns in PHP for several years. He has published 45 computer and computer-related books, written software ranging from Basic to Assembly Language to Flash Media Server and served as a consultant and beta tester for different computer software companies including Macromedia and Adobe. He also is an Apple iOS Devloper.

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Overly Simplistic Examples Complicated with Needless Detail April 14 2013
By webdev - Published on Amazon.com
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I was really looking forward to this book. But the exercises in each of the chapters make it hard to conceive how and when any of these patterns would be useful, and even harder to understand how to properly execute them in the real world.

Each of the patterns in the book contain very little functionality, but a ton of detail and abstraction that is unnecessary to teach the patterns' fundamentals.

While there is value in this book, digging through all the fluff may not be feasible use of your study time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
the book is worth to read if you have time Feb. 13 2014
By David S. James - Published on Amazon.com
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Not bad book but as it was written: the examples are terrible!!! They are badly selected so you simply do not understand why you do such simple thing that complicated way! If you have no enough experience (at least several years, better 5-10) then you will never understand much of this book. I found couple of interesting ideas which was worth to read whole book.
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Excellent Explanations, not so good examples Dec 24 2013
By howlowck - Published on Amazon.com
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I would echo some of the negative reviews that the code examples could be better in that they deviate from today's coding best practices. However, the code is not there to show how to build a web app; the code is there purely to illustrate a concept.

I found the book enlightening as the concepts are explained clearly.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Under the O'Reilly quality standards March 13 2013
By macjohn - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the worst quality book of O'Reilly I've read. The author doesn't know how to explain what he try to explain. He endorses personal assumptions as universal truth. Some examples are examples of how you must not code. He gave methods names that has little relation with what the method is supposed to do. Explained patterns are arbitrarily chosen without any clue about the motivations. Not a book I would recommend to anybody.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Poor examples make this a below-average resource Nov. 16 2013
By Colin O'Dell - Published on Amazon.com
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This book does an okay job introducing the core concepts of object-oriented programming. Design patterns are introduced well, but the examples are so poor that they barely aid in comprehension. As someone who learns from reading code, this was a huge negative for me.

While the author tries to use simple examples, I feel they are too simple and contrived, and thus it's hard to understand real-world applications for the patterns. Code formatting is inconsistent and doesn't seem to follow any of the major standards. Some examples even violate best-practices and make testing difficult, such as the hard-coding of database connection info as interface constants. I worry that beginners will walk away with an incomplete or incorrect understanding, or that they'll adopt some of the negative practices used in the examples.

If you're new to PHP5 and object-oriented programming, this book might serve as a helpful overview. If you're more advanced, or looking for a "bible" of design patterns and best practices, it might be best to look elsewhere - even if the examples are not in PHP. I would not recommend this book for anyone who learns by example.