PHP Developer's Cookbook (2nd Edition) Paperback – Dec 13 2001
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Bringing together hundreds of problems and solutions, PHP Developer's Cookbook is an excellent resource for any PHP developer. Both the authors are members of the PHP development team, and with a foreword from Rasmus Lerdorf, the creator of PHP, there is no doubting the book's authority. The introduction notes that some sections cover previously undocumented material, making it particularly valuable for advanced PHP programmers. It is based on PHP 4.
Each chapter follows the same basic format. A short problem, such as "you want to find the time that has elapsed between two dates", is followed by a solution, usually with example code. Next comes a discussion section, typically full of interesting comments and insights. There are generally 10 to 15 problems in a chapter, and there are 23 chapters, so a lot of material is covered.
The first and longest part of the book covers language techniques, from basic tips and hints through to illuminating chapters on session handling and Web automation. The second short part tackles databases, and then the third part mainly covers communications, including e-mail, directory queries and socket programming. There is also an interesting snippet about working with COM or Java objects. Part four is about generating images and parsing XML, while the final part shows how to extend PHP with the Zend API. Appendixes cover troubleshooting, online resources and PHP 4 migration issues. Overall, a recommended title for anyone who wants to get the best from this superb open-source server-side scripting language. --Tim Anderson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
PHP Developer's Cookbook is a task-oriented book intended to offer solutions to the daily problems and goals the PHP developer faces.
In addition to a brief introduction to PHP, the main content of the book is presented in a problem and solution format, logically organized on a topic-by-topic basis. Each question specifies a goal, and the following text provides a detailed solution that achieves the stated goal along with any additional related information.
After a crash course in the basics, the PHP Developer's Cookbook covers more advanced development topics.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
However, he also covers some topics that are so basic that I felt it hurt the book overall... I learned most basic code from such books as Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 24 hours... so to cover the few basic topics like he did felt more appropriate for a beginners book... But he does make up for it with some VERY in-depth code. Just wish he commented his advanced code to help the newbs a little more...
If you're going to get a book to help you with specific issues? This is your book... (as long as your issues are his) If you want to learn PHP? Get Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 24 hours...
Either way, do yourself a favor and check out the Index here on Amazon... You might just find exactly what you are hoping to do, in which case, his coding is great...
One of the things that I really appreciate about the book is that it is written by two PHP core developers, and they often show their knowledge, telling you what goes on behind the scene, offering a variety of different solutions, and then offering the best solution. I've found this information helpful in solving future problems, as I learned what was going on under the hood, therefore, I knew how to optimize the solution.
An excellent book, if you want solutions to problems that you'll constantly encounter, its meant to be a reference on the programmer's bookshelf, not a way to learn PHP (although it definitely has _improved_ my PHP knowledge), ....
It gives problems and solutions to everyday problems that programmers face, and conveniently groups the examples by category, such as strings, arrays, etc.
PHP Developer's Cookbook helped me with many of the tasks that I was currently embarking upon, and looking through its contents helped me find new and better solutions for current and future problems.
A word of warning, however, this book will probably NOT teach you PHP. The categories are not placed in a good order for beginners, but are great for those of intermediate and expert programmers alike. If you are new to PHP, I would say look elsewhere, say PHP Essentials, but I would recommend that you definetely keep this text in mind if you decide to further your PHP skills. Strongly recommended for intermediate and expert PHP programmers.
Hopefully there are better PHP books out there - I think I'll stick to [the website] for now and get free, detailed help from the PHP community.
Most recent customer reviews
we the owner of [...] are a leading php developer and solution provider, making e-commerce applications,web applications, developed more then 200 websites using php and mysql, we... Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003
Like a true cookbook, this book gives you recipes for how to make certain meals. It doesn't explain every tool and ingredient in your kitchen: that information can be had... Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2003
Any coder loves to cut & paste rather than type in the code from the book. It is really a shame that this book has some good examples but they apparently force you to type in... Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2002
The book has very poorly designed code example and a lot of them don't work. I only read two chapters, but I almost pulled my hair off! Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2002
This is a singularly useless book. I bought it because I liked the concept of a "cookbook," a collection of PHP recipes, which I expected to be common tasks. Read morePublished on July 27 2002 by Sashi McEntee
This book takes PHP to the depth and reveals many of the methods and functions which can be only found out after years of extensive programming.The topics are very well organized. Read morePublished on March 3 2002 by Ehsanul Karim
This book is quite handy to put in the next of your monitor. When you are facing problem on some implementations, open this book and it will give you insight how to do it. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2002 by Fade2blac
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