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PHP Developer's Cookbook (2nd Edition) [Paperback]

Sterling Hughes , Andrei Zmievski
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Dec 13 2001 0672323257 978-0672323256 2

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.


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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.

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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.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best... Not the worst... Jan. 30 2004
Format:Paperback
I am a newb when it comes to PHP, but not when it comes to programming in general. The Content is very cleanly laid out. It is straightforward, but by no means simple. For using some detailed code, I was surprised at the lack of commenting on the code. He steps into some areas not expected by me. For instance, he lays out some XML / XSL based code that I was itching to know and now I do!
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made my deadline Oct. 4 2002
By Jon
Format:Paperback
I'm not the type of programmer that likes to copy & paste other people's code in my applications, however, every so often I run into problems that I'm not quite sure of the proper way to solve; this book has become invaluable in these cases, whether it is performing HTTP Post requests (hint, use cURL), or parsing data with regular expressions, the book provides a handy reference for all the common and not so common tasks that you might encounter.
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), ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a PERL Cookbook for PHP Jan. 21 2002
By M D
Format:Paperback
Becoming more advanced in the field of PHP programming, I needed a solid reference to help me along the way. This book did just the trick.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine wine in a 7-up bottle Jan. 27 2002
Format:Paperback
Most of the great texts are appropriately named and hold themselves in particularly high esteem. This book doesn't do that, its about solutions. It offers practical solutions to every day problems (really, the book in many cases has actually had the exact solution to the problems I had!) And not only that, but the book is also very easy to read from front to back. Although its not intended as a book that should be read fluently, reading it chapter by chapter will actually increase your knowledge of PHP a hundred fold, both authors are on the PHP Development team, and they explain how PHP really works, inside out. A must have for any intermediate-experienced coder, looking to take there coding skills to the next level.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete waste of money. Aug. 29 2002
Format:Paperback
I'm a intermediate-advanced PHP coder. I own 13 PHP books, some I use more than others. The only book of the 13 that has NEVER been useful for a single thing was this (sorry) "cookbook." Explanations are poor and the index is horrible. I wonder if the people giving this book high marks have really tried to use it. For real answers to how to do things give me Professional PHP or PHP and MYSL Web Development. Or if you're really stuck and need a clue, check out the DevShed.com forums. Cookbook? More like "compost heap." I think the authors just decided to take a bunch or random code they'd written and paste it all together into a "book." Gosh, maybe I should take some of my old stuff and publish it too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete July 23 2002
Format:Paperback
Bought this book hoping it would be similar to the Perl cookbook - as another reviewer commented, there are "gaps" in the content. Every time I needed a solution to a particular problem in Perl, I found the answer in the Perl cookbook. Every time I needed a similar solution in PHP, I found myself using [their wedsite] because the PHP Cookbook made no mention of the problem.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars its a right choice for php developer and php programmers
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 more
Published on Dec 24 2003 by "hiddenbrains"
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cookbook, not a "For Dummies" book
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 more
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by "cviebrock"
2.0 out of 5 stars NO CD provided for code and examples
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 more
Published on Sept. 27 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy
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 more
Published on Aug. 7 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
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 more
Published on July 27 2002 by Sashi McEntee
4.0 out of 5 stars PHP at its best
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 more
Published on March 3 2002 by Ehsanul Karim
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy for daily reference
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 more
Published on Feb. 13 2002 by Fade2blac
5.0 out of 5 stars It's very simple.
This book is a must-have reference for any PHP coder.
Published on Jan. 22 2002 by Tezz
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