PHP is an open source Web-scripting language that has gaining steam in the development community, especially in the Apache Web server realm. With a syntax that draws heavily on C, PHP appeals to advanced programmers moving to the Web from traditional software development.
Web Application Development With PHP 4.0 isn't your typical run-of-the-mill language tutorial. Authors Ratschiller and Gerken purposely designed its content to appeal to coders already proficient in PHP but in need of advanced programming techniques and high-level application development skills. Assuming a strong programming foundation, this book can be considered a next-level PHP tutorial.
Drawing on their own experience of what's really important in PHP development, the authors dive into topics such as linked lists and associative arrays. They also weave topics like security and database access with software development issues such as three-tier architecture, versioning and program requirements. This balance makes for a nice fit for developers who have mastered the basics but are looking to hone their skills to move to the next level.
The book also goes into how to extend PHP by modifying its Zend language engine via the C source code. A companion CD-ROM includes PHP, MySQL, and Apache, as well as a number of utilities and the source code from the book. If you are already deep into PHP and want to graduate to guru status, this book's for you. --Stephen W. Plain
The authors present a set of interesting programming concepts, and the reader learns how to write good, reusable code. -- Bjorn Schotte
The authors provide useful examples that include real code. They also explain the code because they want you to understand how it works. -- Paul DuBois, Data Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison
I think this book is a must for every PHP programmer who would like to upgrade their skill to advance level. This book is not for a novice. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by reza iqbal
You may love or hate this book, since it's not the usual collection of code recipes, it's about application developing, methodologies and good coding practices. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by Foti Massimo
Definitely not for novices. Is loaded with tips and tricks on data handling, specially liked the session handling techniques in the book. Read morePublished on June 15 2002 by Valentin Secades
As another reviewer pointed out, this book was written when php4 was in beta. Despite it's title, this book is NOT a PHP 4.0 book. Read morePublished on June 4 2002 by ryan thomson
A good book overall for getting up and running with PHP. It is technical, so keep that in mind if you are adequate in HTML and want more. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2002 by D. Bishop
the best book ive ever seen!!!!
not for rookies about programming but it opened my eyes about lots of tricks and capabilities of the best scripting language :)
a must for... Read more
I realize that for experienced programmers, this book brings up a lot of standard topics, but for someone like me (I majored in Art at college) it brings up issues that I really... Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2001 by A. C. Johnson
I am a beginner and this book is way too advanced for me. This book is for those who already know everything about PHP but need a way to apply it in a Professional Application. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2001 by Gene Ballard