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CodeIgniter 1.7 Paperback – Nov 9 2009
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About the Author
David Upton is a director of a specialized management consultancy company, based in London but working around the world. His clients include some of the world's largest companies. He is increasingly interested in web-enabling his work, and seeking to turn ideas into robust professional applications by the simplest and easiest route. He has so far written applications for two major companies in the UK. His other interests include simulation, on which he writes a weblog which takes up far too much of his time, and thinking. Jose Argudo Blanco is a web developer from Valencia, Spain. After finishing his studies he started working for a web design company. After working for six years for that company and some others, he decided to work as a freelance. Now, after some years have passed, he thinks it's the best decision he has ever takena decision that let him work with the tools he likes, such as CodeIgniter, Joomla!, CakePHP, JQuery, and other well-known open source technologies. For the past few months he has also reviewed some books for Packt Publishing, such as Magento 1.3 Theme Design, Magento: Beginner's Guide, Joomla! 1.5 SEO, Symfony 1.3 Web Application Development, and Joomla! with Flash. The one yet to be published is Magento Development with PHP.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I have two main issues with this book, and I'll try to be brief.
1) It's RIDDLED with errors and typos. Honestly, I feel like every few pages, there is information that is just wrong. Variables with the wrong names, commas where there should be periods, etc.. I have enough programming experience to notice when something is off, but a beginner will be very very confused. It's awful, and makes the book very hard to read.
2) Just when they start to dig deep, they refer you to the CodeIgniter User Guide (which is also comprehensive and amazing - [...]). They do it all the time. It seems like instead of doing the real work and writing a 500 page book covering ALL of CodeIgniter, they write 30% of what they need to and encourage the reader to "learn more" by reading the user guide. It gets really old, and I'd much prefer a comprehensive book rather than a cursory overview.
I'm sorry for the bad review, but I don't feel like it's a book worth reading. I haven't read any of the other CI books, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I've read a lot of programming books in the past and they have all be more clear, correct, and comprehensive than this one.
The sometimes confusing part of my title comes in to play when skimming over the book, it seems like they reference things a few pages back which means you have to backtrack to understand where the example or corresponding part is at (if you read page to page this will probably not be a problem). Overall a highly recommended framework and book!
The writing is well done and I think this is a great resource for anyone who is somewhat new to Codeigniter, PHP, or MVC (or at least Codeigniter's version of it). While a lot of the information contained within can be easily obtained online, this book does a great job of explaining things clearly and providing nice examples and walkthroughs.
If you are a more advanced user then this book might not be for you. Once you start delving into some of the more advanced portions of Codeigniter you will quickly find yourself searching for more answers online, although it is hard to fault this book for not covering everything.
Overall a nice resource to have.