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I began my work with PHP back in mid 1997 when a friend introduced me to the language as "something kind of cool." Being interested in Web development and the Internet in general, I was immediately hooked on the ease with which I could develop applications. I still remember the first time I wrote a script to query a MySQL database, producing a simple HTML table of its contents as vividly as my first "Hello World" application written in GW-Basic years before. It was the start of a passion which has kept me involved in both the use and development of the language to this day.

A lot has changed since those days of PHP (which was then PHP 3.0). Although a lot of the principles remain, what was once a "kind of cool" language has evolved into an incredibly robust and powerful language used by enterprises big and small around the globe. Today, PHP 5 brings to the table a wealth of functionality, balancing power with flexibility—and this book hopes to capture both within its pages. From the technologies of 1997 to the cutting edge of today, this book will show you how to make this powerful, yet deceptively simple, language work for you and your organization.

I truly hope you find this book insightful, educational, and most of all, useful in your future PHP development.coggeshall.org/.

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From an organizational standpoint, you will find that this book has been arranged to act as much as a reference as it is a cover-to-cover read. It would in fact be quite impressive for anyone to read the hundreds of pages of technical material which follows and retain anything from it all! Rather than having such high (and honestly, probably unrealistic) expectations, I have designed each chapter and section of this book to allow you to hone in on a specific technology or group of technologies that you are interested in at the time, without necessarily requiring you to read the other chapters. This is also reflected within the examples, which you will find to be focused in the most practical fashion possible on the technology being discussed.

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Over 12 million Internet domains worldwide use the PHP language to power their websites. If you are a programmer included in this group, or would like to be one, you should pick up a copy of PHP Unleashed. The definitive guide in PHP programming, PHP Unleashed thoroughly and authoritatively covers the release of PHP 5, as well as advanced topics not found in other books. It begins with a detailed summary of the basics and then quickly moves on to more advanced topics such as working with data, outputting graphical data and building complete applications. Whether you're an experienced programmer and new to PHP, or an experienced PHP programmer but new to PHP 5, this is the one PHP book you need in your library.

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An Excellent Book For The Intermediate PHP Programmer Oct. 10 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading a PHP5 book in the past I was happy with it. However it was for beginers. I searched for something more advanced. This was it. PHP5 Unleashed goes over several advanced topics. In example there is Regular Expressions (aka. Regex), Advanced MySQL techniches, accessing the OS's programs (Like dd, cp, etc) and more. One thing I should note as that there are some parts that can't be done on Windows. To get the most of this book you need Linux. ( If you want Linux download the ISO image of Fedora Core 4 at fedora.redhat.com. It is great for beginers to Linux. You can also use Mandrakelinux ([...]) but it isn't as simple to use.) Also note that this book has a section for new users but it is small and you should buy a book for beginers first. Might I recommend "PHP5 Fast & Easy Web Development" for novices.

A little disappointment is that this book shows you only how to INSTALL PEAR. It doesn't show you how to use it at all.
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alot of good stuff Oct. 12 2008
By Lee Thornton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is your basic huge book of php concepts from the basics to the advanced. It reads more like a manual than a demonstration or tutorial.
I would recomend it to anyone looking to get a good overview of php 5
Confusing presentation of sessions March 29 2008
By Oxoned - Published on Amazon.com
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I have another "unleashed" book and was very happy with it, so immediately picked up this book when needing to work with PHP. What I needed to learn about was session usage.

Unfortunately, this book is not very good for that, for a novice learning to use sessions. The reason why is not because it is too advanced--I'm adept at reading computer textbooks and parsing the info--the problem is that it is a best practice in terms of security to turn register_globals off in PHP, that is the standard config for PHP after 4.1, and yet they provide all of their examples with this being enabled.

They even mention that it isn't best practice, but they go ahead and do it anyway with an occasional caveat here and there for those who are not using it. What that means is that somebody in my position is not only trying to understand the code, but also accound for everything that doesn't apply to me. I have to translate, then interpret. Why should I have to do all that for basic "best practice" functionality?!

I've since picked up other books (PHP 5 recipes, Wicked cool PHP) that are much better. I gave this book the stars it has because it is very informative and useful. In the case of sessions, it is just very confusing.
Not for Beginning PHP Coders Jan. 25 2009
By Brad Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I am using this book for a college course I am taking. Having no experience with PHP, this book leaves a lot of questions for a beginner and can become very frustrating very quickly. Even following the code in the book and using a site set up to run PHP script, a lot of times the script that is written in the book does not run nor does the book do anything to show what the results of the script should do. Again for a beginner this becomes very frustrating and not very helpful to learn PHP code.

I am actually learning more from an older SAMS book, "Teach Yourself PHP4 in 24 hours", the only problem is we are trying to learn PHP5.

This is also become a problem for other students in the class as I have quickly learned. (Ranging from not knowing to use the .php extension to not knowing the code has to run on a computer or server with PHP installed) As I stated before, we are all Beginners dealing with the PHP script and what may seem obvious for more experienced PHP coders is not for first time coders, and this book does not even discuss these basics.


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