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on September 26, 2003
I actaully really like this book. It is easy to read and gives some pretty good coding examples. There are also so many coding errors that you dive right in and start learning how to debug code. I like learning this way. I am almost done reading it and have run into a roadblock. There is a section of code in the book that does not work (well this section in particular - there are tons of code examples that don't work) and I cannot figure out why. Great - no problem - I will just go take a look-see at the errata and that should get me going again. NOT. There is no errata. What the blueberries is up with that!
Another thing that irked me about this book is the fact that the writer did not bother to tell you everything you should compile into PHP in the appendix. Instead you set it up as per the appendix and start reading. Then find out you need to reconfigure to add support for something. Reconfigure, recompile, retest - ok start reading again. Doh! Have to reconfigure again to add support for something else. Blah Blah - this happens about 4-5 times. Great.
Arggggg - OK - I have a headache from reading this book. I would not recommend it unless they come up with an errata or a third edition with fixed code and the correct install instructions for PHP.
Enjoy!
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on June 6, 2003
This an acceptable book, it does assume previous programming experience and more specifically C programming experience. The examples are rather pathetic and they don't spend really anytime explaining the examples, they just suddenly appear out of no where. I wouldn't know what book to recommend but I wouldn't recommend this book for most people. I think where the examples went wrong is they went off into some huge programming example instead of using a short example to demonstrate the current topic. Large sourcecode programming projects I think are better left for the back of the book or for the authors websites.
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on April 25, 2004
This book has a bunch of code and little explanation. I don't understand how this can actually be published. The authors didn't take the time to even explain half of it, just dumped code and left us wondering.
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