on November 27, 2010
Reading this book won't help you acquire knowledge but only a few simplistic recipes (at best). Chances are you will throw the book in disgust well before reading the second recipe. The reason is these recipes are written in a style that is excruciatingly simplistic: repetition of boilerplate formulas and expressions abound; lots of paragraphs make up for just space-filling useless reading (like the explanation of where to find the examples and how to write and test your code: author keeps repeating the same boilerplate text until the end of the book! Maddening!). Plus, it was obvious to me from the first chapter (or indeed the first few pages) that the author is not at all versed in programming, even less in the Object-Oriented paradigm, but has probably discovered he too can "write" Web applications just by catching up to the skills required on "w3scools"! And this is what he wants to teach you, the reader. Not very reassuring. Avoid the expense. Read the PHP manual, which still is in my opinion the only source (unfortunately) of reliable PHP training material.