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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (March 5 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321376013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321376015
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #574,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PHP is currently one of the most popular server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language on the Web. It's specifically designed for Web site creation and is frequently being used to replace the functionality created by Perl to write CGI scripts. PHP's popularity and easier-to-learn appeal has spawned a new breed of programmer, those who are only familiar with and only use PHP.
Sharpen your PHP skills with the fully revised and updated, PHP Advanced for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickPro Guide, 2nd Edition! Filled with fifteen chapters of step-by-step content and written by best-selling author and PHP programmer, Larry Ullman, this guide teaches specific topics in direct, focused segments, shows how PHP is used in real-world applications, features popular and most-asked-about scripts, and details those technologies that will be more important in the future. You'll learn about object-oriented programming, PHP interactions with a server, XML, RSS, Networking with PHP, image and PDF generation, and more.

About the Author

Larry Ullman is Lead PHP Programmer and Directory of Digital Media Technology at DMC Insights, Inc., a firm specializing in information technology. He is the author of several books on PHP, MySQL, Web development, and other programming languages. In addition to writing, he develops dynamic Web applications, conducts training seminars, and teaches PHP programming for the Web through the University of California at Berkeley Extension Online.

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In this PHP 5 Advanced book, Larry points out new PHP features through good examples. He touches many advanced topics and grabs readers full attention on every single one. Book's content recognizes questions coming from Larry's readers on the forums he personally finds time to administer and addresses them in appropriate chapters throughout the book. Available mentioned forums and other features of his web site such as code downloads and newsletters for example supporting this and all other Larry's books ensure his readers are satisfied and updated. One has to appreciate this dedication to readers. One segment comprised of three book chapters that is absolutely critical in making the whole book excellent buying choice is on Object Oriented Programming with PHP 5. These chapters are well placed amongst other chapters using Object Oriented Programming examples. Some of these examples such as creating a shopping cart are even compared with structural programming examples in this same book one can find very helpful in learning process. Larry did another great job keeping his writing level clear and concise efficiently extending someone's PHP skills.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Another excellent book by Larry Ullman July 15 2007
By Curtis Garrison - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've been reading Larry's books since back in the early days when php/mysql books were barely found. I have to credit Larry's books with helping me just get started learning about php & mysql, and even helping me with most of what I learn today. I've purchased every new version of his books and pick up new things every time. It's so easy to step along with the examples, to help provide a solid understanding, and to give a fresh reassurance of what I may have already known... plus I always learn new tricks and techniques. I guess that's why I keep getting his books. This book especially helped me with a few tricks just at the right time, right when I needed help with them. I have over twenty-five php books and his are all in the top of my favorites and most referenced to.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Solid Oct. 23 2007
By Callum D - Published on
Format: Paperback
While not quite as good as its predecessor (PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Websites 2nd edition) in terms of readability and ease of understanding, Larry Ullman is still, with this book, miles in front of pretty much any other technical author I have read. The chapters on object oriented programming are certainly the best I have come across on the subject.

There is also a quick but useful demo of how to put a bit of AJAX in to a PHP site to increase usability.

The one thing missing from this book that I personally would like to have seen, would be an introduction to frameworks.

But let me stress this point: Larry Ullman is the best technical author, by a long, long way, on any subject I have ever read about in my life. I just wish he was an expert and wrote books on all the other things I want to learn about - that's how good his teaching ability is.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic June 13 2008
By Justin - Published on
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I've purchased this book and PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide, both by Larry Ullman. They're wonderful -- with them, I took my first steps into working with databases and a language like PHP. The step by step examples have made it very easy to learn and when I've been stuck -- I've gone to Larry's site and he's answered my questions in his forum. Two of the best purchases I've ever made. Highly recommended.
Immediately usable material Dec 14 2010
By informaticist - Published on
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I like this book so much I have to give credit to both:

(1) The author, for selecting straightforward, useful topics and presenting them clearly and cleanly. I particularly appreciate his emphasis on simplicity and practicality. Just enough concept and just enough hand-holding. I was struggling to make the leap from building haphazardly assembled web pages to an organized, modular, MVC architecture, and Chapter 2 provided an invaluable intermediate step that I have not seen in any other text. Likewise for OOP. Other books go off on verbose tangents without showing you syntax that you'll actually use. This book demonstrates just enough OOP to do anything you'll ever really need to do with objects, without dogmatically pushing you to unnecessarily objectify and wrap every piece of data in your application with layers of abstraction.
The introduction of "advanced" features, like Ajax,COM, PEAR, PECL, and several of the useful libraries therein, was also a good introduction to the deeper waters beyond a basic mastery of the PHP language fundamentals.

(2) The whole "visual quickpro" series and concept. I have dozens of other IT/programming books that are just way too heavy on text and demonstrative code snippets and lack the complete small-project approach of these quickpro books. The wrox and o'reilly books with 2 dozen authors and endless UML diagrams just don't do it for me. The quickpro two-column page layout with code and screenshots next to explanations is easily approachable. I also recommend the author's "Building a website with ajax" for the same reasons. Go through each chapter, typing and running his code as you go to make sure you internalize the concepts and syntax, then go through it again and adapt the material to your own projects. Most of the quickpro books seem to be for introductory level material. I'd like to see them cover more advanced topics with the same emphasis on succinctness and practicality.

Larry, if you read this -- please consider doing a "PHP 5 More Advanced" to cover MVC in detail and help us put some of the more useful design patterns into practice. More security related material would be cool as well. You'd have at least one buyer.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I learned object-oriented PHP with this book! July 11 2009
By Ken Tang - Published on
Format: Paperback
I got this book because I have two of Larry Ullman's other books: PHP 5 and MySQL 4.1 for Dynamic Websites and the updated PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Websites. It seemed natural for me to turn to this book to learn about advanced PHP topics, particularly since I wanted to learn about PHP object-oriented programming.

As with his other books that I own, Larry Ullman's explanation and examples are very simple and easy to understand, particularly when it came to learning about object-oriented programming. He starts you off with a basic understanding of object-oriented programming, and then advances you to advanced object-oriented programming, and then finishes it off with a real world example in creating a shopping cart for an e-commerce website. What's beautiful is that in the previous chapters, he had you create a shopping cart in the procedural programming style. Now you can compare and see the difference in procedural programming versus object-oriented programming on the same type of application you are building. I tried reading other books and websites on PHP object-oriented programming, but none of them clicked with me as they had complex examples and their explanations weren't clear. This book really nailed it for me and I am now writing and working with object-oriented PHP code.

On the back cover, it also mentions that there are bonus e-chapters about creating PDF's with PHP and images with PHP. Unfortunately I have yet to redeem the bonus chapters from their website so I cannot comment on them.

I highly recommend this book if you want to learn about PHP object-oriented programming and to keep as a reference. There are other interesting topics in this book that I also found useful, such as security (sanitizing data), database encryption with MySQL, basic AJAX, XML/PHP, modularizing a website, and working with multidimensional arrays.