PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming: Visual QuickPro Guide (3rd Edition) Paperback – Sep 13 2012
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Larry Ullman is a writer, Web and software developer, trainer, instructor, speaker, and consultant. He has written 22 books and numerous articles. His books have sold over 300,000 copies worldwide in more than 20 languages. As his readers, students, and co-workers can attest, Larry's strength is in translating geek into English: converting the technical and arcane into something comprehensible and useful.
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But more than the layout, the author has done a great job of selecting examples and explaining them. The pace is gentle without being slow or insulting and the explanations cover the "why", which is important for me personally.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with at least a rudimentary understanding of PHP that is looking to learn any of the things listed in the contents.
This author cares so much about people understanding his books that he will PERSONALLY answer questions! If you go on his forum and post 50% of the time he's the one who answers (the rest of the time some other knowledgeable person beats him to it). What more could you want?
This book should NOT be considered as the introductory course.
This book should NOT be considered as the in-depth coverage of all details for the topics.
This book is THE missing link between the introductory books, your real projects coding, and the more advanced books or documentations on the specific topics. The books covers various aspects of PHP technology and design patterns, each chapter contains enough data for the reader to start using the acquired skills for his-her projects. At the same time, the author provides with the references for further readings or to the related recourse sites.
If some one is expanding from Java world to PHP, it's the book that must be studied first before making any pilot coding: just get and PHP intro books, don't worry about cluttered coding cocktail that "straight forward" PHP script look like, get the Larry's book, go through all exercises and you'll be ready to go.
I am (of course, with the collection of PHP docs and code snippets links and few other PHP books that cover specific topics, which where not much use to me till I completed THIS book).
The non-oop specific chapters addressed so many of my "how do I do that" questions I had as well as showing me some things I hadn't even thought of. Using cURL, PHPUnit, the command line interface to php, the appdocumentor and my personal favorite Sessions were all covered to my satisfaction.
His support site for his books is like nothing I have ever seen in my early days as an application developer. For me it was: post a question or comment and one of the members of his forums would address it. Or, Larry himself would respond to the post! You can't ask for better support of a product. If I never write a single Class in php (highly unlikely now) I have already been able to use what I have learned in the book to use several of the classes included in php as well as using some 3rd-party Class tools.
Don't skip the sidebars in the book. In some cases they contain the most useful information.
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