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PHP Pocket Reference [Kindle Edition]

Rasmus Lerdorf
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Simple, to the point, and compact--in fact, exactly what you've come to expect in an O'Reilly Pocket Reference--the second edition of PHP Pocket Reference is thoroughly updated to include the specifics of PHP 4.Written by the founder of the PHP Project, Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP Pocket Reference is both a handy introduction to PHP syntax and structure, and a quick reference to the vast array of functions provided by PHP. The quick reference section organizes all the core functions of PHP alphabetically so you can find what you need easily; the slim size means you can keep it handy beside your keyboard for those times when you want to look up a function quickly without closing what you're doing.This valuable little book provides an authoritative overview of PHP packed into a pocket-sized guide that's easy to take anywhere. It is also the ideal companion for O'Reilly's comprehensive book on PHP, Programming PHP.The PHP Pocket Reference an indispensable (and inexpensive) tool for any serious PHP coder.

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The PHP Pocket Reference is a handy quick reference for PHP, an open-source, HTML-embedded scripting language that can be used to develop web applications. This small book acts both as a perfect tutorial for learning the basics of PHP syntax and as a reference to the vast array of functions provided by PHP.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 266 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (Nov. 11 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR2Q8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #619,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MUCH less helpful than the 1st Edition !! Dec 3 2002
My 1st Edition copy of this book is so well-loved that there is a dirt stripe down the edge of the pages from my flipping through it so often. I bought the 2nd Edition thinking it would be just as good as the first, with the new PHP-4 functions added.
The 2nd Edition is just an alphabetical list of functions, while the 1st Edition was categorized by usage-type (string functions, database functions, math functions, etc.). If I needed to find a function that did {foo} to a string, I'd look in the strings section until I found a description for an appropriate function. I can't do this with the 2nd Edition and am seriously considering returning it!
If you just need a reference to remind you of parameter order and return-type, get the 2nd Edition.
But if you're like me and want to find the correct function to do what you are looking to accomplish, save your money and buy a used copy of the 1st Edition PHP Pocket Reference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless Jan. 17 2004
The book needs an index...
also, the function list.. (very lengthy) is very poorly organized and layed out..
each line starts with the output type of the function.. (int,string,bool) etc.
consequently scanning the index for the function you're looking for is extreemely difficult.
You cant even easily find where you are in the alphabetized list without sifting through a buncha lines starting with 'string','int','bool'
it's a worthless pocket reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment July 7 2004
Don't buy this book; you won't use it. The function explanations are rarely more than a sentence, and worst of all they are many times self-referential.
"string urlencode(string str) - URL-ecodes a string." The function name makes that clear, but what does that mean, if you don't already know? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of referring to a book for clarification?
"array pathinfo(string path) - Returns information about a certain string." Does that description clarify anything beyond the function name?
They should have trimmed out more functions and included more information about the most important ones. Sadly, this is also the book used in Dreamweaver MX 2004 for online help, which is frustrating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent fly swatter or pocket strecher!! Sept. 10 2002
The binding of this book really is thin and tight enough to easily swat a fly--for those of you who have already bought this book, give it a try!
But really, the content of this book is hardly what one would call a reference; it's no more than a categorized list of functions with extremely short descriptions of each one. If you've ever seen or read O'Reilly's Java in a nutshell book, then you know what a reference should be like; this is not like it. I probably looked at this book a couple times only, realizing both times it could not help me.
You really can't use this book to learn PHP, and it's reference is not descriptive enough, so it's a lose-lose situation. At first I was disappointed when I ordered it online thinking I wasting away... perfectly good [money], especially since I can find all and more I need of reference at, but then I realized this book is perfect for your bookshelf when you need a really thin book to fit in between other books to preven them from wobbling or swaying, giving a perfect snug fit. Don't buy it if you don't need it. But buy it if you don't care about wasting [money].
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty lame May 18 2000
By A Customer
Well, for starters: there's no index. How did that slip through the cracks? Since the functions are grouped by type, you need to know what the function is before you can look up what it is, or just flip through 114 pages scanning for it, which leads to problem number 2: the typography is such that the function names blend right into the text.
The function reference identifies what is returned by the functions by data type (e.g., integer), but not whether it's a pointer to an array or just a number, or what. The Leon Atkinson book, otherwise even lamer than this book, at least got that part right.
Advice to O'Reilly: give up on the pretense of always having the "preeminent expert" write your books. Get professional technical writers, partner them with the big name "creators" of the technology, and the quality and timeliness of the books will improve. Thank god Larry Wall didn't write the Perl book. O'Reilly doesn't have the field all to itself anymore, so they shouldn't be resting on their laurels.
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2.0 out of 5 stars He may have written PHP, but... May 6 2000
...if this is the best technical writing he can do, I understand why people complain of a lack of PHP documentation. This book is 90-some percent a list of PHP functions and their input and output types. However, it fails to give indication of what any function does, what the input means to the function, or what the output means to you. The rest of the book is a very basic PHP overview which states about twice a page that if you want any real information you need to visit the Web site. I can still see a use for this book, despite its utter lack of information: if you already use PHP and you know programming in general and you have a good idea of what kind of function you need but have no idea what it's named in PHP and don't want to spend hours on end trudging through the online manual, you can use the book to flip through function names 'til you find one that looks like it may be what you want, then search for that function online and see if it is.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only useful if you don't have internet access
Everythig in this book can be found at
Published on March 29 2004 by Johnny W
2.0 out of 5 stars Order
My biggest complaint with this book is that functions are listed in categories instead of alphabetical. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2002 by Michael P. Long
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for Learning Basics
Aside from the fact that this book is now outdated I must disagree with the Editorial Review that says "This small book acts as a perfect tutorial for learning the basics of... Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2001 by Vaughan Healy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for programmers.
If you can code you already know PHP, you just need to be "reminded" of all the built in functions and a few little details. This book does just that, cheaply. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for programmers.
If you can code you already know PHP, you just need to be "reminded" of all the built in functions and a few little details. This book does just that, cheaply. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good format for a scripting tool reference.
I disagree with the reviewer who said this book is lacking an index. This book *is* an index, and not a terribly helpful one. Read more
Published on May 21 2001 by Michael Ernest
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother!
If you want to learn PHP, there are other books on Amazon that actually teach it. If you want a good reference, php. Read more
Published on April 6 2001 by compiler
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated
Don't buy this unless you need filler for your bookshelf or for some reason can't access an online version of the manual at or a mirror. Read more
Published on March 19 2001 by David Norman
3.0 out of 5 stars No index! Argh!
It's been said by prior reviewers, but just in case you missed it: This book has no index.
ORA should put out PHP In A Nutshell, rather than just PHP Pocket Reference.
Published on Jan. 11 2001 by Andy Lester
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