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PHP Object-Oriented Solutions [Paperback]

David Powers
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Aug. 20 2008 Solutions
With the surge of popularity of PHP 5, object-oriented programming is now an important consideration for PHP developers. This version-neutral book is a gentle introduction to object-oriented programming OOP that won't overburden you with complex theory. It teaches you the essential basics of OOP that you'll need to know before moving onto a more advanced level, and includes a series of prepackaged scripts that you can incorporate into your existing sites with the minimum of effort. It shows how object-oriented programming can be used to create reusable and portable code by walking you through a series of simple projects. The projects feature the sorts of things developers run up against every day, and include a validator for filtering user input, a simple Date class that avoids the need to remember all the esoteric format codes in PHP, and an XML generator. Teaches the fundamentals of OOP Simple projects show how OOP concepts work in the real world Prepackaged scripts can easily be added to your own projects What you'll learn PHP features, such as the Standard PHP Library SPL , that are poorly documented or ignored by existing books How to develop classes of their own OOP in easy-to-understand language without getting bogged down in dense theory Solid foundations for developers wishing to delve more deeply into OOP How to leverage the strengths of OOP as a means for creating reusable code that can be used successfully within a procedural context How to code for both PHP 5 and 6 Who this book is for This book is aimed at intermediate-level PHP developers who want to take their skills to the next level by exploring object-oriented programming as a way of creating reusable code for a everyday website tasks. A typical reader would be someone who has read one of the author's previous titles, such as PHP Solutions , or one of the PHP books for Dreamweaver and feels ready to tackle something a little more challenging.

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David Powersis an Adobe Community Expert for Dreamweaver and author of a series of highly successful books on PHP, includingPHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made EasyandFoundation PHP for Dreamweaver 8. As a professional writer, he has been involved in electronic media for more than 30 years, first with BBC radio and television and more recently with the Internet. His clear writing style is valued not only in the English-speaking world; several of his books have been translated into Spanish and Polish. What started as a mild interest in computing was transformed almost overnight into a passion, when David was posted to Japan in 1987 as BBC correspondent in Tokyo. With no corporate IT department just down the hallway, he was forced to learn how to fix everything himself. When not tinkering with the innards of his computer, he was reporting for BBCtelevision and radio on the rise and collapse of the Japanese bubble economy. Since leaving the BBC to work independently, he has built up an online bilingual database of economic and political analysis for Japanese clients of an international consultancy. When not pounding the keyboard writing books or dreaming of new ways of using PHP and other programming languages, David enjoys nothing better than visiting his favorite sushi restaurant. He has also translated several plays from Japanese.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk book - Avoid Nov. 27 2010
Format:Paperback
Reading this book won't help you acquire knowledge but only a few simplistic recipes (at best). Chances are you will throw the book in disgust well before reading the second recipe. The reason is these recipes are written in a style that is excruciatingly simplistic: repetition of boilerplate formulas and expressions abound; lots of paragraphs make up for just space-filling useless reading (like the explanation of where to find the examples and how to write and test your code: author keeps repeating the same boilerplate text until the end of the book! Maddening!). Plus, it was obvious to me from the first chapter (or indeed the first few pages) that the author is not at all versed in programming, even less in the Object-Oriented paradigm, but has probably discovered he too can "write" Web applications just by catching up to the skills required on "w3scools"! And this is what he wants to teach you, the reader. Not very reassuring. Avoid the expense. Read the PHP manual, which still is in my opinion the only source (unfortunately) of reliable PHP training material.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a beginners book for understanding PHP OOP Jan. 20 2011
By David Crisler - Published on Amazon.com
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I have learned a lot over the years from David Powers' books on PHP and Dreamweaver. They were the first books on PHP that I purchased and read. I have since read PHP books by other authors and one criticism I have formed is that Mr. Powers, while extremely knowledgeable, has a tendency to get very complicated. He introduces a concept, but then that concept depends on 2 more concepts that contain "gotchas" that need further explanation etc., etc., until the excitement you felt in approaching the original concept gets lost down a spiral of minutia and complexity that - although important - can be detrimental to the shaky confidence of a true beginner. Being thorough is great, but not so thorough that you overload those you are trying to teach. Never is this more apparent than PHP Object-Oriented Solutions. I have completed the first 3 chapters and they were quite a struggle! My brain hurt. I don't understand why there wasn't an attempt to start out with MUCH simpler classes. Maybe a short, easy database connection class or something. Instead, the first class is a Date class and Mr. Powers goes into all manner of complexities, starting with an exhaustive dissection of PHP's DateTime and DateTimeZone classes, then extending the DateTime class and understanding how to deal with leap years, adding dates while accounting for different amounts of days per month, ect., which to me - although a very useful and well thought-out class - just added layers and layers of mental complexity right at the beginning, and made it much more difficult than it should have been for a fledgling OOP fawn struggling to learn syntax, structure, usage, etc.

There are some basic examples in Chpt 2, but there needs to be a smoother transition from those to the intense, tangled complexity of the other chapters.

So in all honesty, I cannot recommend this as a "gentle introduction" to the PHP OOP world. It is more like dropping you into the deep end and hoping you learn to swim. I would love to see a book that starts with a simple, basic class and then extends it through subsequent chapters, while introducing OOP theory along the way. I did not like how all the theory was crammed into one VERY dense chapter at the beginning of the book (chpt 2).

Having said all that, I think if you approach this book as a "solutions" book more than a "gentle introduction" it has some great benefit to those who are able to comprehend the level of complexity and make use of the classes offered. Certainly this is evidenced by the many positive reviews here.

For me, however, it got too complex, too soon. I am still looking for that "gentle introduction". If anyone knows a more basic book on the subject, please let me know.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best way to learn OOP in PHP Oct. 19 2009
By Maarten v K - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read a few books on OOP (there is always something new to learn), but this one is the best by far.
Good constant level of complexity; not too abstract, not too easy, but something to put your teeth in, sweat a little, but in the end come to a good understanding of the subject without frustrations.
There are many examples following the to the point explanations. It's always a challenge for an author I guess to address the reader at a good adequate level to hold his/her attention. Knowing where the bottlenecks are. Giving a concrete example when it start to become abstract. Offering meaningful cases. The author does al that!
This book is a real must for anybody who wants too start learning OOP from the beginning, although it's recommendable to know a good deal of (procedural) php when starting with this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you wanna be sure to get it... here's the way. Oct. 8 2009
By Maria E. Judge - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is pretty straight foward, and presents the subject matter in a down to earth, understandable way. Plus it's well organized so it makes a rather handy reference as well. If I had to gripe about one thing it's the quantity of information in the book. It's a great book, don't get me wrong, but I would have loved for it to keep going. Help me understand more. Perhaps another volume is on the way?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aimed at Experienced Procedural PHP Programmer March 5 2014
By Stephanie Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been programming php since it was still phpfi. I built my chops on procedural programming and that's my comfort zone. But times have long changed and the advantages of object oriented programming (oop) are plentiful. For those of us indoctrinated in procedural programming disciplines the transition to oop and the related changes in thinking on how to design solutions can be challenging.

PHP Object-Oriented Solutions is a good bridge from procedural to oop methodologies. I found there was enough context and a focus on practical examples to illustrate the principles without it seeming too theoretical. For me the progression of topics from basics to more advanced topics allowed me to get started using what I'd learned in just a couple of chapters. By putting the simple stuff into practice it helped build the contextual foundation for more advanced topics.

This book has gotten me out of my old comfort zone and producing php objects I can use over and over, extend and enhance.

If you are a novice programmer or just dabbling in php this might not be the best book. It presumes some experience and for the experienced programmer builds a procedural to oop bridge. A novice programmer may find this book difficult to understand as it assumes a working knowledge of php and programming in general.

For teaching this "old dog" new tricks PHP Object-Oriented Solutions gets 5 stars from me.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this one alot Oct. 12 2008
By Lee Thornton - Published on Amazon.com
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This book really covered alot of topics that I work with on a daily basis and showed me step by step how to implement then using OOP. I was really pleased with the lessons and I learned alot from this book. I recomend it to anyone who is trying to move to the Object Oriented PHP way of doing things.
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