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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 3 edition (Dec 12 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321442490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321442499
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
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About the Author

PHP expert Larry Ullman has written several best-selling books on the topic, including the previous edition of this guide. In addition, he serves as the Director of Digital Media Technology at DMC Insights and teaches numerous classes on PHP.

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By Joe on Dec 15 2011
Format: Paperback
I have studied programming extensively first with pascal then C, C++ and Visual Basic. I have worked as a programmer for 2 yrs. and have received accolades for my work. I have used more than a dozen text books and reference books and this is by far the worst one that I have ever seen. I have spent hours pouring over my code thinking that I must have copied it wrong. After checking over the syntax numerous times I finally decided to try debugging it. I was able to eventually debug all of the code and get it to run successfully. When I compared it to the code in the book, none of the code in the book matched my working code and none of the code in the book ran without bugs. Not only will I never buy another one of his books but I will never buy one in that series again.
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HASH(0xa8efe300) out of 5 stars The master returns: the best short course on PHP available Dec 23 2008
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on
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Larry Ullman brings two major talents to the task of writing "PHP": a) a thorough knowledge of PHP, and b) the ability to write on technical subjects clearly and concisely.

Ullman himself considers this edition "a relatively light revision of the book, tweaking some things, solidifying the discussion of PHP 5 (which was just out when the second edition of the book was written), and addressing some of the changes forthcoming in PHP 6 (whenever that may be)". I have the earlier edition(s) in my library and there aren't any super-major changes visible.

I suspect that a non-programmer would have litle difficulty learning how to program in PHP using this book. But I think a working knowlede of HTML and perhaps even Javascript would be helpul.

Ullman begins at the beginning with the basic concepts of programming and PHP. His writing style is very comfortable, very clear and the beginner will not feel lost, though the experienced programmer may do nothing more than skim these first pages.

He moves forward into functions and control functions, working his way to interaction with databases, one of the most widespread uses for PHP.

All in all, this is great learning tool for those coming with experience in other programming languages and those who are neophytes. Ullman has done it again: excellent work.

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa9040498) out of 5 stars A Comprehensive, Yet Simplified Jump Start for PHP Beginners Aug. 15 2009
By Bruce B. Razban - Published on
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I started as not knowing much about PHP, and by the time I had completed reading this book and doing many of its exercises, the book had lived up to its promise of "Learn PHP the Quick and Easy Way!", at least for me.

PHP is actually easy, but it is somewhat involved! It is not like learning VBA where you focus on the language syntax and that is all you really need to learn. PHP, by its Client Server nature, requires us to learn some HTML, Forms, CSS, and Database as well. Being a Client-Server Scripting Language, this is only natural.

Larry has done an excellent job of keeping this book comprehensive by giving us enough first had knowledge to be effective in HTML, Forms, CSS, and Database. But most importantly, there is enough to help learn to write a useful program as a beginner. However, previous experience about other programming languages,we can get inventive and write more complicated ones using this book.

Chapter 1 gets us started nicely. Chapters 2 to 5 are basic things like variables and strings. Chapter 6, does a good job of giving practical, and clearly explained control functions. Chapter 7 on using arrays gives us a good start plus a lot of helpful things like how to convert an array into a string, and vice versa. I found Chapters 8, 9, 10, and 11 containing all essential things needed to make a decent website including session management and cookies. Again, he clearly gives an excellent start, and empowers us to build on that. Chapter 10 is on functions and Chapter 11 introduces us to files and directories as seen by PHP Client Server approach. Chapter 12 is introduction to Databases. Databases and detailed explanation of them, to satisfy a DBA for example, will take a complete book focused on it. However, Larry has packed enough database information here that will get us started and more importantly operational on the Back End Database. Chapter 13, regular expressions, while important, was sort of icing on the cake for me.

Appendix A does a basic treatment of general installation for different operating systems. Appendix B, on the other hand is a good list of other resources.

As a suggestion, I would say that if the code for a more involved, ten or fifteen page website could be shown to expand on what is already in the book, would help put all in prespective. Also, there is a slight confusion at this time in this book. At the time this book was being written, there was some confusion about PHP 5 or 6 in the Regular Expressions Chapter 13. I would recommend that this be cleared up in the Fourth Edition. This book is well worth a Fourth Edition!

The pace of the book is good and it does not jump around, and it does not leave gaps that would be frustrating to a first time PHP programmer. It logically and systematically builds up on previous chapters as it proceeds.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa961f948) out of 5 stars Decent Introductory Text Oct. 11 2009
By E. M. Lisansky - Published on
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A relatively easy-to-follow series of lessons and sample scripts make for easy reading and rapid progress. Many sidebars contain excellent "Tips" which sometimes turn out to be more useful than the main text. Explanations and instructions are surprisingly clear, and this is a good introduction to PHP for beginners.

Issues include usage of old mysql library (instead of mysqli, in use since PHP 4.1), a somewhat stilted version of PHP redux, usage of now-deprecated ereg functions in regular expressions, and a few other minor anomalies. Lots of space is wasted showing actual scripts which are being explained simultaneously in adjacent pages, and are available for download on the book's website anyway. But the overall concepts are well-explained, and this text is less confusing than several others available. An economical and educational choice for a PHP beginner wanting to get their feet wet.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8d019d8) out of 5 stars A great book for "regular folks" who want to learn programming April 13 2010
By Nora McDougall - Published on
Format: Paperback
I reviewed this book as a text possibility for my Basic Web Programming course at The Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. My students are people off the street - not CS students - who have day jobs in areas like heating and cooling, local government, sole proprietor businesses, graphic art, etc (all across the board.) If I were to teach this course like a CS course, these folks would never come back.

So, I needed a textbook that explains absolutely EVERYTHING, repeatedly. And I needed a textbook that would refer new skills back to previous material. My students aren't going to "get" the full meaning of any principle in one explanation. This book explains the little pieces and nuances that were a total mystery to me, when I was a CS student. Of course, as a CS student you are supposed to be very smart and just naturally understand everything without explanation or review, but that won't work in Adult Education.

Some Features that Make the Book User-friendly
- I like the fact that the code is shown in entirety and then also in pieces. This is a design feature that makes the book usable in my classroom situation.
- The explanation of principles is placed in Tips and boxes. In the design principle of "proximity," that means that the tips are right there, next to the relevant material. However, by pulling them out, they are easy to find, if the reader isn't going through the exercise. Neither does the extra instruction stop the flow of following the material.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa961feac) out of 5 stars This book SAVED MY @$$ Dec 10 2010
By ImperviousRex - Published on
Format: Paperback
Short and sweet: I was taking a PHP course as part of my master's degree and the professor, while a super smart guy, couldn't teach for $#!t. i was considering dropping the course until i found this book. I was able to start at the beginning and go step by step at my own pace. All of the questions that I had from the class Ullman was able to answer through the book and its examples. I would have definitely failed if not for this book; I ended up with an A.
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