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Professional PHP5 Paperback – Nov 26 2004
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“…really useful…well laid out…” (oraclehome.co.uk, October 2005)
About the Author
Steven D. Nowicki (New York, NY) is Director of Software development at The Content Project, a Santa Monica CA based consulting firm currently developing a massive enterprise resource planning and contact management system comprised of over 300,000 lines of OO PHP code. He has a decade of experience in large-scale software development and system architecture on all major platforms. Edward Lecky-Thompson (Berkhamsted, England) is the Founder and Director for Ashridge New Media, a professional new media technology consultancy based in Berkhamsted, just North of London, England. Self described as utterly obsessed with PHP, Ed has over six years experience in commercial software development and enterprise-level systems architecture across a myriad of platforms, with particularly strong exposure to PHP and Apache on Linux based platforms. Alec Cove (New York, New York) has over eight years of software engineering and web development experience. Prior to starting his own consulting practice, Alec was senior software architect at in New York City where he designed enterprise software and web services for Fortune 100 companies. His interests include object oriented design and architecture, design patterns, and object modeling.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
If you think you want this book, you probably already have php5/Apache/mySQL installed on your development workstation.
Unzip the sample code, browse it using your favorite IDE. Note the usage of PostgreSQL instead of MySQL. Take a shot at executing the very simple OO sample files in the first chapter. Notice the syntax errors, the use of depracated functions, and errors in filenaming.
This book was rushed through development, much like most poorly developed applications. Very much a shame. I bought the book based off of previous Amazon reviews but failed to visit the user forum on the wrox site.
You'll notice there that the topic of greatest interest for this book is that of disappointment in it's development. In print for most of this year and not a single errata to correct the carelessness of the authors' inattention to detail.
0 stars for typos.
0 stars for poor sample code.
0 stars for the editors.
1 star for providing great general reference in the non-code oriented chapters.
1 star for giving me the chance to fix the errors in sample code and offering it up to wrox in exchange for refund of this purchase.
Be warned. This is a great reference book, the code is bukaki.
But, I really do have to rebut the review of the above reader.
He's right - there's very little PHP 5 'specific' information on this book. This is a book for people with a solid grounding in PHP already. I can't stress that enough. If you don't know PHP inside and out, this book is not for you. If all you want to know is the differences between PHP 4 and 5, this book is not for you (to be honest, there's a web page on zend.com that tells you the differences in just a few pages).
If, however, you want to see how you can take your PHP development to a far higher tier than your peers, then this is the book for you. No other book treats PHP like a professional development language. Every other title insists on propagating appalling development practices, practices which are in part responsible for the majority of PHP on the web today looking like it was penned by a 13-year old in his bedroom.
Not this book. This is a book for professionals - either existing professionals seasoned in Java/JSP, C++ or some other 'traditional' programming language who is looking for how they can apply the 'best practice' techniques they've already learnt to PHP - or, for aspiring PHP professionals who have a solid grounding in and understanding of PHP 4 or 5 already.
Put it like this - I run a web agency. I am interviewing PHP people right now. Their code is truly appalling, universally, but I'm going to hire one of them. The one condition of their employment? That they read this book cover to cover before they start with us.
Hopefully this gives you a bit of an insight into what this book is about. If you're looking for a gentler introduction to PHP 5, take a look at Beginning PHP 5, also by Wrox (to which I also contributed). If you're ready to become a respected industry professional, take a look at this book.
If you are a garage php programmer, a hobbyist or a novice... if you don't make your living programming (or aspire to) - then this book is not for you.
On the other hand, if you are a professional, you will find that this book is written by professionals with you in mind. All of the excellent PHP5 related instruction and reference is discussed in the context of serious development methodologies and practices. It gives you insight as to how a serious development team can (and does) approach large-scale development projects in PHP. Any by the way, it ends forever any doubts you may have that PHP could or should be used for such projects.
Nice job guys! I only regret that I have but 5 stars to give.
Notice that if you're looking for a comprehensive PHP5 book, this is not it. The authors don't even mention the new MySQLi extension for PHP5 nor the SQLite database. It's obvious they come from and are still in the pre-PHP5 world. They also are slanted towards Smarty page templates and using Postgres for their examples. They give only a passing mention (one page, three sentences) to MySQL.
If you do buy this book, be prepared to go to [...] and the forums to find corrections to the code examples made by readers. Be prepared to re-write many of their examples.
All in all, this might be a generally useful book, but be advised that the grammatical errors, code mistakes, and parochial attitudes don't make it the best.
This book teaches methods and concepts. When I picked it up I was expecting to learn about the features of php 5 but by the time I finished it I felt like I had gotten better as a developer. Alot of the general concepts of well written software are adapted here for PHP. So you learn not only what you can do with the language, but also how you should do correctly.
If you care about the quality of your code and write PHP get this book.