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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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Overly Simplistic Examples Complicated with Needless Detail April 14 2013
By webdev - Published on
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Explanations, not so good examples Dec 24 2013
By howlowck - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Delivers what it states, and nothing more. Design Patterns in PHP. Do not expect to learn PHP or OOP principles. Exp is required Jan. 28 2015
By Abide! - Published on
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I've worked with PHP for almost 7 years now, and I have never actually sat down and read a book that covers design patterns specifically for PHP; however, I am familiar with them from my work experience as you can't help but pick them up if you do any sort of regular OOP programming. I must admit that I agree with many of the other reviews in saying that the examples can span from over-simplistic to extremely convoluted; however, the explanations of concepts is decent enough that someone with little knowledge of OOP could get a head start with this book.

Now, I mention someone with no knowledge of OOP can benefit; however, that does not extend to someone with no or little PHP experience. This book is honest from the beginning when it states it expects the reader to be rather proficient with PHP coming into the book. It is not going to teach you anything new about PHP unless perhaps you have never worked with OOP + PHP in which case the opening section of the book can be rather helpful (although the book "Programming PHP" would be a better recommendation to pick up the basics of OOP in an PHP environment). It almost requires a reader to already be familiar with not only PHP but OOP principles in general.

I feel the previous reviewers expected something from this book that the book does not even promise. You will not learn what OOP is or how PHP works in this book; what you will learn, however, is Design Patterns in a PHP environment. That's it. That is the value of this book, and it is also the title of the book "Learning PHP Design Patterns". It does what it claims to do, and that is introduce the reader to basic OOP Design Patterns in the context of PHP. If you expect anything else from this book you will be disappointed. There are other sources to learn about OOP and PHP, but this is a decent enough source for OOP Design Patterns in PHP.
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That was a nice bonus. It was my first book dealing with ... Nov. 10 2014
By Daniel E Rhodes - Published on
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I found it a hidden gem. I am a programming enthusiast with roughly 4 years on/off with php and I understood the examples. If you are not familiar with Design Patterns (as I was) the examples are hard at first. You have to ask a lot of questions.
I was not aware of type sniffing. That was a nice bonus.
It was my first book dealing with Design Patterns and I feel as though I have gotten a good start. The chapter dealing state patterns alone is worth the price of admission. His starting with a on/off light switch was at once engaging and approachable.
I thought it was worth it in the end.
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
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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.