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Professional PHP4 Multimedia Programming [Paperback]

Devon Dell , Andy Chase , Iman S. H. Suyoto
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August 2002 Programmer to programmer
Professional PHP4 Multimedia Programming will cover a broad range of information relating to some of the most popular PHP4 extension libraries, specifically the ones that can be used to create, modify or deliver multimedia content- Ming, Ming with ActionScript, GD, PDFLib and FDF.T he focus multimedia libraries gives the book a common thread running through it - sort of a 'different technologies, common theme' type thing.

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We believe that giving programmers graphical tools more often results in programmers creating things that make designers cringe, rather than programmers acquiring design sense and hence this book. The book is split into three parts: the extensions, the case studies, and the function reference -- that way someone looking to just read case studies has a definite place to start, and people looking for the descriptions without large amounts of code can read the beginning and the one's who want to stick it by their side for reference, know exactly where to go.

About the Author

Devon Dell has been designing Internet applications from the time he grappled with writing Perl CGI scripts in 1996.He has since expanded to using PHP, C, Java, Tcl for Internet applications. His PHP Projects have included database design, search engines, graphic processors, network monitor interfaces with SNMP,and more. He also figured as an author on Professional PHP4 from Wrox Press

Jan Rosa is a medical doctor(although he practises it no more).He runs a professional literature publishing house and advertising agency along with 2 partners. It is one of the three leading medicine publishing houses in the Czech Republic. Most of his time is devoted to work. He is responsible for all production/technical stuff and has created most of their Information System in PHP/MySQL/PDFLib environment. He loves programming and automating real-world tasks. Besides work he likes biking, swimming, skiing, good music and films.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book Jan. 30 2003
By dvrx
Professional PHP4 Multimedia Programming is an extremely handy book to have on your bookshelf, even if (and possibly especially if) you don't design and implement multimedia applications with PHP all the time. Within hours of getting the book, I realized that I could use PHP as a commandline scripting language to solve several problems. I've used it as a reference several times since, even though I do NOT consider myself a PHP Multimedia Applications developer.
The book is organized nicely. As a "Professional" book, it assumes a decent understanding of PHP. This assumption saves you lots of time and unnecessary hand holding. There is a brief PHP refresher chapter for those who aren't quite as familiar with PHP as necessary, but after that refresher chapter, you're expected to understand things. You bought this book (or will, anyway) because you already know how to program in PHP but are not familiar with the various multimedia extensions.
The next several chapters each dedicate themselves to a specific extension concept: Ming, Ming with ActionScript, GD, ImageMagick, PDFLib, and FDF.
Each chapter gives an overview of the library, it's uses and limitations, and gives lots of example source code giving examples of all the functions in an extension and how they are used together.
The next few chapters are full-fledged application case studies. Though you may not agree with the authors' coding styles, these case studies walk you through (from start to finish) several different applications to show you how the libraries can be used within the scope of a larger PHP application, not just example toy scripts.
Following the case studies are several appendices. Each appendix is a language reference for a multimedia extension.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book stands out in the crowd Oct. 19 2002
Professional PHP4 Multimedia Programming is a unique book in the midst of all other PHP books. No other book aims to cover the topics that this one does. If you are a PHP developer looking to expand you knowledge and integrate the multimedia capabilities of PHP into your applications, then this is the book for you.
The goal of this book is to introduce the concepts and techniques needed to produce dynamic multimedia content. The extensions covered are Ming, GD, ImageMagick, PDF, and FDF. Each technology is thoroughly explained from installation through example use. A case study is then given to go into further detail on the use of each extension.
I especially enjoyed the fact that they provided installation instructions for these extensions. One of the biggest hurdles people have with using Ming, GD, and the others is the installation process. Once someone gets past that stage they can at least experiment with how the extension works. It can be very frustrating when you can't even get something installed. Hopefully this book will help ease some of that frustration.
The case studies used by the authors are superb. These are real would applications that people want to create every day! They include a headline grabber with Ming, a mobile web coffee shop finder with GD, an image gallery using ImageMagick, and a PDF template system. Each one of these case studies is designed to get you thinking. Sure, they you the code needed for the application, but they also show you how the design process works and detail possible enhancements.
The one thing I found lacking in this text was some type of common problems section. Invariably, people are going to have difficulties when it comes to installation or use of these extensions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enterprising Coverage Sept. 12 2002
PHP's underlying strength lies in the power of its extension libraries - the power to complete wonderful tasks that would be impossible with PHP alone.
This book has tapped exactly that strength of PHP's dynamic multimedia extension libraries - Ming,Ming(with Actionscript),GD, Imagemagick,FDF, PDF etc. These extensions allow developers to handle such tasks as scripting flash movies,creating images on the fly, creating dynamic WAP and WML pages, and creating PDF files.
The book is replete with case studies - Full Solutions with complete code and hey! you can download all the code from the publishers website.If all you need is references, then this book is a treasure for them. All in all, thsi is the most comprehensive, fully utilisable book i have ever read (both in the world of casual reads and programming).Wonderful.Enterprising.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Practical PHP Book Aug. 31 2002
This book presents a broad overview of the field of PHP multimedia production.
The book describes the field at large, explaining the concepts, rather than focusing on minute details of using particular software packages.
Separate chapters are devoted to the multimedia "building blocks", and the various special characteristics of these libraries .Each of the extension libraries that have multimedia capability are thorughly exposed and then cemented with a practical demo using a case study solution.
The book also provides a good introduction to PHP programming concepts and OO specifically .
I have found the book to be quite successful as a textbook for multimedia courses. It would also be useful for anyone who has programmed using PHP and wants to add dynamicity and interactivity to their application frontend.
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