Professional PHP Design Patterns Paperback – Aug 24 2009
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From the Back Cover
PHP is often considered to be the cornerstone for buildingflexible and feature-rich web applications. Because of its relatively simple initial learning curve, newer programmers can easily create applications in PHP from the ground up. As these applications scale, however, the maintenance can seem daunting. Luckily, the mature programming community has something to offer: Design Patterns. These repeatable solutions for common problems have been applied for years to other programming languages. This book aims to bridge the gap between the PHP and the older programming language by applying those tried and tested Design Patterns to native PHP applications.
This book starts with an introduction to Design Patterns, describes their use and importance, and details where you've seen them already. It continues through a host of Design Patterns with code examples and explanations. Finally, an in-depth case study shows you how to plan your next application using Design Patterns, how to program those patterns in PHP, and how to revise and refactor an existing block of code using Design Patterns from the book. The author approaches the concepts in technical yet usable formats that are familiar to both programmers who are self-taught and those with more extensive formal education.
What you will learn from this book
What Design Patterns are and why they matter in PHP
Commonly established PHP Library usage of Design Patterns
Faster and more efficient object creation with Design Patterns like Builder, Façade, Prototype and Template
Decoupled architecture using Data Access Object and Proxy Design Patterns
Better code flow and control using the Delegate, Factory and Singleton Design Patterns
How to implement Visitor and Decorator Design Patterns to enhance objects without modifying their core
Comprehensive plug-in creation techniques using Observer Design Pattern
How to plan application architecture using Design Patterns
How to program a case study web site from start to finish with Design Pattern based coding
How to recognize architectural benefits from Design Patterns in an existing application
Methods to further strengthen code from case study analysis
Who this book is for
This book is for experienced PHP programmers who are looking to enhance the quality of their code architecture with Design Patterns.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I would recommend the head first of design patterns elements book. Since they use Java examples I would recommend to have your text editor open and "translate" the Java to PHP. I think that would really help to understand OO and design patterns better versus just reading the book and looking at Java examples.
The problems of this book are:
- examples for each pattern: only one example and very very very ... too simple! examples in design pattern are very important - for me - , I think that a usefull book on patterns should present four or five examples for each pattern, at least.
- not all patterns are treated! What about "Chain of Responsability"? And "Abstract Factory"? And "Bridge"? And "composite" ? And "Flyweight"? This book has only 238 page, and you treat about pattern from 26 to 125 ... I think this is not enought.
I have had the book for only 2 days and I already used the facade and the decorator pattern in a project. Just after I got the code installed on the website the owner changed his mind and requested some code changes. I found that it was much easier to manage his changes since I used the design patterns shown in this book. Actually it was almost a pleasure to make the changes to the code since it was set up properly in the first place.
Every pattern has a simple, real life example of a problem and a simple solution. One of the things you have to realize about this book is that the patterns are not plug-and-play. You can't just insert the patterns into your project without modifying them; they have to be tailored to fit your project. Luckily, the pattern examples are clear enough that that shouldn't be a problem in most circumstances. I would recommend this book if you want to better organize your code and improve its scalability.
Also, I initially did not realize that there were a few chapters at the end of the book regarding implementing the patterns. The author talks about planning a project using Patterns, and then in another chapter builds the project. I will probably read over these chapters, as I would assume they are good examples of the patterns in action. When I originally wrote this review, I gave the product 5 stars BEFORE I realized these final chapters existed. I was pleasantly surprised by just the reference material. These final chapters are an added bonus in my book.