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
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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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 by "hiddenbrains"
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 by "cviebrock"
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