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Essential PHP Tools: Modules, Extensions, and Accelerators (Expert's Voice) [Paperback]

David Sklar
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12 Mar 2004 1590592808 978-1590592809
PHP Toolbox explains how to use popular PEAR modules and PHP add-ons to simplify your XML processing, database access, templating, and other common tasks. It also explains how to use a PHP code cache or optimizer, which speeds up your code without requiring any rewriting or code changes.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (12 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590592808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590592809
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Nobody had taken time to review this yet? I'm surprised, this book is superb.
Giving a great introduction & tutorial on the better PEAR modules this book excels in its given task. PEAR (if your not aware) is the PHP equivalent of Perls CPAN and in its short life so far is building into an extemely high quality repository.
If your a PHP developer who is not currently using PEAR, but this book, if your a developer who is already using PEAR but was finding little documentation (like me) this book!
You won't regret it, honest!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 20 Dec 2011
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This is probably the best programming book I've read since I read Kernighan & Ritchie's "The C programming Language" over 20 years ago - they don't come along this good very often, maybe I don't read enough programming books! Nevertheless this is an excellent example for those who want to write active web pages and maybe use a data base back end, or indeed to write their own book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to use external PHP libraries effectively 12 Jun 2004
By J. Sheth - Published on
David Sklar has written a book on a subject that most other PHP authors have ignored, and which many PHP programmers have failed to consider: how using pre-made, existing libraries effectively can save you hours of writing (and re-writing) PHP code.
There are many external libraries available to PHP, some under the PEAR brand ( [...] ) and others by individual authors or companies.
If you would like to automate the creation, processing and validatin of form processing, there's HTML_QuickForm. If you'd like to implement a templating system to separate presentation logic from other programming logic, there's Smarty. If you would like to setup a lightweight, yet completely usable and effective web services platform, there's the PEAR XML-RPC library.
In many of these cases, the online documentation is too complicated or technical (e.g. HTML_QuickForm) or too skimpy (PEAR XML-RPC). Enter David Sklar's book!
David uses concise, clear language with plenty of examples to explain how a certain library works. He goes through it step-by-step, first with a paragraph of descriptive text, then with a snippet of code elucidating what was previously mentioned.
He manages to cover just enough ground to enable you to grasp how to use a certain library without boring you to tears with extraneous, non-essential information.
If you would like to avoid re-inventing the wheel and the introduction of bugs (that almost always follows the insertion of new, untested code), I suggest you procure a copy of Essential PHP Tools today, and read it cover-to-cover!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope to see more books like this 27 Jun 2004
By Foti Massimo - Published on
The PHP world is full of great add-ons, modules and tools available for free on the Internet. Unfortunately, many of them lack quality documentation. If you already have a decent understanding of PHP and want to expand your arsenal this book is for you. Take a look at the TOC and you will find plenty of useful material, from portable database connectivity, to SOAP, XML and much more. Each chapter is self-containing, no linear reading is required and you can safely skip something or jump across different topics. I hope to see more books like this; there are many little software gems out there that deserve this kind of treatment
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tools you will want to know about if you use PHP 3 May 2004
By Harold McFarland - Published on
If you are using PHP with your web applications you will want a copy of "Essential PHP Tools". Author David Sklar has gathered together tools to resolve some of the most common problems of PHP. If you want to do authentication you don't have to hand write the code, a free tool is available. Unfortunately many of the best free tools for PHP also have minimal documentation. David Sklar resolves this problem by providing excellent documentation for each of the tools mentioned in the book. Some of these include tools for accessing databases (using both the DB and ADODB methods), generating and processing forms, templating, XML parsing, sending mail, authentication, working with users and passwords, debugging, caching, and optimizing. The tools are easy to find and useful, the documentation excellent, and the writing style easy to follow. All this makes "Essential PHP Tools" a highly recommended book for anyone using PHP on their webserver.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but not comprehensive 3 Nov 2004
By Erik S. Heerlein - Published on
This book does alert you to many useful modues, extensions and accelerators and given that many of these are open source and their documentation can be skimpy, it's good to have examples and documentation from another source.

However, this book is not comprehensive in it's coverage of said modules, extensions and accelerators and in areas where it covers material already explained in the documentation, I preferred the original documentation's style and explanations. The book does mention things that the original documention does not, but the original documentation talks about things that the book does not.

In short, I had to read both the documentation and the book to fully understand the code.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extensions? What extensions? 22 Aug 2005
By J. Wren Hunt - Published on
You would think that a PHP book that actually mentioned "Extensions" as part of the title would cover extensions wouldn't you? Well in the case of this book you would be wrong. The index has exactly 1 entry for 'extensions' and even that is a 1 sentence footnote! Compare that to the 45 pages devoted to the subject in George Schlossnagle's book "Advanced PHP Programming" and you can get an idea of actually how deficient this book is in this aspect.
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