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Adam Griffith
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26 April 2010 1849510903 978-1849510905
CodeIgniter is an open source PHP framework with a small footprint and exceptional performance. It gives you a rich set of libraries for common tasks, with a simple interface to access them. There are several unexplored aspects of CodeIgniter that can help developers build applications more easily and quickly. In this book, you will learn the intricacies of the framework and explore some of its hidden gems.

If you want to get the most out of CodeIgniter, this book is for you. It teaches you what you need to know to use CodeIgniter on a daily basis. You will create mini-applications that teach a specific technique and let you build on top of the base.

This book will take you through developing applications with CodeIgniter. You will learn how to make your CodeIgniter application more secure than a default installation, how to build large-scale applications and web services, how to release code to the community, and much more. You will be able to authenticate users, validate forms, and also build libraries to complete different tasks and functions.

The book starts off introducing the framework and how to install it on your web server or a local machine. You are introduced to the Model-View-Controller design pattern and how it will affect your development. Some important parts of the CodeIgniter Style Guide are included to keep CodeIgniter development as standardized as possible; this helps greatly when working as part of a team or taking on an old CodeIgniter project. You will quickly move on to how CodeIgniter URLs work and learn about CodeIgniter-specific files such as helpers and plugins. By the time you finish this book, you will be able to create a CodeIgniter application of any size with confidence, ease, and speed.

This guide will enable you to become well-versed with CodeIgniter through practical applications using the tools and techniques used by many seasoned CodeIgniter developers.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (26 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849510903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849510905
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adam Griffiths

Adam Griffiths is a student and freelance CodeIgniter Developer based in the United Kingdom. He has five years web development experience, the last two being largely influenced by CodeIgniter. He has worked on many websites, both large and small, from small blogs to large multi-national companies. He is well versed in development techniques and how to squeeze that little bit more from an application. He has also made a number of contributions to the CodeIgniter Community, most notably The Authentication Library, a very simple-to-use but full-featured Authentication Library for CodeIgniter.

When CodeIgniter and PHP aren't spiralling around his head, Adam enjoys practising card and mentalist tricks, mainly sleight of hand and card handling. He has performed at local and formal functions for hundreds of people. He is also a guitar player and enjoys playing acoustically at pubs and small gigs. Moving back towards computing, he has a deep interest in Cryptography. He loves finding patterns in data and loves using pen and paper to decipher any cipher text he may find around the web.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
CodeIgniter 1.7 Professional Development, written by Adam Griffiths, claims that you will become a CodeIgniter expert with professional tools, techniques, and extended libraries. I would have to strongly agree with this.

This book consists of ten chapters of which I would describe none as `filler' chapters. Each covers fundamental web development topics in detail with little in the text in the way of obvious.

It opens with a Getting Started Chapter that comprehensively introduces the reader to the CodeIgniter framework with download and install instructions, MVC architecture overview, coding conventions and CodeIgniter specific files: helpers, plugins and libraries.

I found it interesting that the first core CodeIgniter class mentioned is the Benchmarking Class. This sets a precedent to the reader to consider monitoring their application execution time and memory consumption as they develop. Application speed and efficiency is usually something left for latter chapters involving heavy code refactoring to ensure your app is performant. I find it refreshing that benchmarking and unit testing is shown to the reader at the beginning.

Other core classes covered include the Input and Security Class (with XSS filtering), Email Class, File Upload Class, Image Manipulation Library, Pagination Class and the Session Class. All relevant classes in most applications.

Form Validation, Database Interaction, Application Security and User Authentication are heavily described in this book with the latter also covering Twitter oAuth and Facebook Connect. Two very important connections for any web application with detailed steps on each, from registration with these companies through to production coding examples. A real one stop guide.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Book 1 Dec 2010
Poorly organised, not very professional. Nowhere near the standard of Packt's "Learning jQuery 1.3" or "jQuery UI 1.7". If you have problems that can be directly solved by using the examples in this book, then it could be worth buying. Otherwise I would recommend the online Codeigniter User Guide, the videos by Jeffrey Way and Shawn McCool, and reading the source code for well written applications like BambooInvoice by Derek Allard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 8 Dec 2012
By Thomas
Format:Kindle Edition
Really helped me to understand and get started using codeigniter. You won't regret reading this, its an easy first step to learning the framework.
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