Learning PHP Design Patterns Paperback – Mar 7 2013
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About the Author
Dr. William B. Sanders is a Professor of Multimedia Web Design and Development at the University of Hartford. He teaches courses in PHP, MySQL, C#, SQL, HTML5, CSS, and ActiionScript 3.0 among other Internet languages. He co-authored ActionScript 3.0 Design Patterns (O’Reilly, 2007) and has been actively working with design patterns in PHP for several years. He has published 45 computer and computer-related books, written software ranging from Basic to Assembly Language to Flash Media Server and served as a consultant and beta tester for different computer software companies including Macromedia and Adobe. He also is an Apple iOS Devloper.
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Now, I mention someone with no knowledge of OOP can benefit; however, that does not extend to someone with no or little PHP experience. This book is honest from the beginning when it states it expects the reader to be rather proficient with PHP coming into the book. It is not going to teach you anything new about PHP unless perhaps you have never worked with OOP + PHP in which case the opening section of the book can be rather helpful (although the book "Programming PHP" would be a better recommendation to pick up the basics of OOP in an PHP environment). It almost requires a reader to already be familiar with not only PHP but OOP principles in general.
I feel the previous reviewers expected something from this book that the book does not even promise. You will not learn what OOP is or how PHP works in this book; what you will learn, however, is Design Patterns in a PHP environment. That's it. That is the value of this book, and it is also the title of the book "Learning PHP Design Patterns". It does what it claims to do, and that is introduce the reader to basic OOP Design Patterns in the context of PHP. If you expect anything else from this book you will be disappointed. There are other sources to learn about OOP and PHP, but this is a decent enough source for OOP Design Patterns in PHP.
Each of the patterns in the book contain very little functionality, but a ton of detail and abstraction that is unnecessary to teach the patterns' fundamentals.
While there is value in this book, digging through all the fluff may not be feasible use of your study time.
I found the book enlightening as the concepts are explained clearly.
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