on 11 March 2014
If you are in the transition from beginner to intermediate php, then this book will teach you some good stuff.
Such as stored procedures for mySQL and how to implement a shopping cart.
I think thats where Larry was aiming it at.
There are some areas. explaining the MVC architecture for example, I am at odds with.
to me , the book implies that the database layer is the entirety of model and that php is the controller.
this is not entirely true. The database layer is only part of the Model, the other part of the model being the business processes that are implemented in php. but that's possibly going somewhere the book maybe didn't want to cover
Also, The use of objects are not as comprehensive as they could have been.
for example, in a book of this substance, I would have expected a templating system be used , to separate out the view code, from the PHP. This would actually have made it even easier to comprehend
I gave it 4 stars because of that. Perhaps in the next edition, we'll see a templating system and more objects. Then I will give it 5 stars.
But hey, this is a good book and worthy of a read, its certainly better than most of the books out there trying to cover similar topics. I've got hundreds, so I am in a position to compare..
I guess I'm just a critical reviewer
Also, Unless you want to jump in at the deep end, this should not be your first php book.