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Expert PHP 5 Tools

Expert PHP 5 Tools [Kindle Edition]

Dirk Merkel

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Each chapter focuses on one topic, such as version control or debugging. After initially discussing essential concepts, the author takes an in-depth look at one or more tools relevant to the topic. Sample projects and plenty of well-documented code are used to work through practical application of the concepts. This book has been written for professional developers new to PHP and experienced PHP developers who want to take their skills to the next level by learning enterprise-level tools and techniques.

About the Author

Dirk Merkel

Dirk Merkel is the owner of Waferthin Web Works LLC. In his spare time, he likes to ruin perfectly good open-source projects by submitting unsolicited patches. He also writes about Web development. He lives in San Diego with his lovely wife and two wonderful daughters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11575 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (30 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058CR2IS
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #806,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very indepth and broad-reaching 17 Jun 2010
By Kae Verens - Published on
In short: great overview of the various tools and processes that can be followed to make working in PHP easy and manageable. I have a new employee here in the office who will be getting this book after me, to quickly bring her up to speed on good practices.

As you might guess from the "new employee" comment, even though the word "Expert" is in the title, you don't need to be an expert PHP programmer to use this book. It's an all-round overview of the programs you might use during your day-to-day programming life for the next few years.

As the author (Dirk Merkel) suggested in the book, some people may disagree with some choices in the book. For example, I am a fervent Vim user, but the book chooses Eclipse as its programming environment of choice.

From a broader point of view, the Eclipse IDE may be the correct one for programmers to use, as it offers much more than just a text editor. As for me, it's hard to change an old dog's habits!

The book includes some handy reference notes for various tools, such as SVN or phpDocumentor. It's good for people that are not used to reading online references for everything to have them all in one book.

Each chapter is immensely in-depth. To the point that it's almost like each chapter is a mini-book on its own subject. In some cases the chapters include everything you might ever use on those subjects.

For myself, I'm interested to try some of the suggestions in the Continuous Integration chapter and throughout the book, as I already run a few projects where updates are more important than releases. I'm especially interested in integrating SVN with automated testing and style-checking. Test-driven Development is described in the book, and it certainly seems more robust than my current "deadline-driven development" style!

There were code samples in there that could have been shortened immensely by choosing a different spacing scheme or reducing the comments. For example, in the Debugging chapter, there is a code sample that goes on for 9 pages. That's a lot of code to read... If the empty lines and comments had been removed or reduced, Dirk could have cut it down to maybe 4 or 3 pages, making it much more readable in print. As it was, I did my best to read through it, flipping back and forth between pages to find where references went or came from.

Immensely useful for the professional programmer. Especially a programmer who needs to fit into a team. I'm no beginner myself, and picked up quite a few tips throughout the book.

Buy this book - it's worth it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expert review of Expert PHP 5 Tools 13 May 2010
By Michelangelo van Dam - Published on
Expert PHP 5 Tools is a new book from Packt Publishing written by Dirk Merkel. In 10 chapters Dirk introduces the reader with several PHP tools that will improve development processes and quality of code from a single developer or a team of developers. From simply syntax checking and code validation to automated testing and deploying, each chapter discusses each tool in detail and contains sample code to put the theory into practice.

Expert PHP 5 Tools is a must-read book for every PHP developer involved in professional PHP application development and wants to improve the quality of his work. Also for PHP development teams, this book will convince the reader why it's important to focus on coding standards, unit testing, automated documentation and even automated builds to structure each step in an automated, repetitive way.

I must say I was impressed by the detailed description of each tool and how Dirk used simple examples in order to show the reader how to use the tool in the best possible manner. I found this book an easy read since I already had experience with the tools Dirk describes in the book, but even if I had not yet worked with them, the examples he has given in each chapter are of great value and give the reader a good insight in what each tool does and how it responds.
5.0 out of 5 stars PHP is easy. Building powerful websites is not. 18 May 2010
By W. Jason Gilmore - Published on
One of the primary reasons PHP ranks among the most popular programming languages in the world is that relatively speaking it's a pretty easy language to learn. So easy in fact, that knowing just a few of its thousands of functions can be enough to build a pretty cool dynamic web page.

However, one's level of programming language proficiency is only part of what's required to become a truly capable and knowledgeable web developer. Coding standards, source control, debugging, testing, documentation, and deployment will all play a major role in your ability to efficiently and securely create a powerful web site, and lacking knowledge in any of these important areas will surely create a void in your skill set.

Expert PHP 5 Tools is the first book I've encountered which covers all of these topics from a truly pragmatic angle. And I've been doing this for a long time, mind you, having developed PHP-driven websites for 13 years, and having written six books on the topic myself along the way. Author Dirk Merkel's grasp of the software development process is clear throughout the entire course of this book, apparent not only in terms of his clear and concise prose but also in terms of the logical presentation of topics.

At $44.99 the price tag on this book is comparatively steep, however I guarantee you will uncover enough gems to pay yourself back tenfold in terms of time and tears saved. Highly recommended.

5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: "Expert PHP 5 Tools" by Dirk Merkel 1 Sep 2010
By Udi Moyesayev - Published on
"Expert PHP 5 Tools" amazed me. really.
Well written, highly experienced author in the software development field and I found a lot of useful information for me.

The book is for every developer, beginner to expert. I think even the big experts will find so vital information between the lines. You don't really need to have that much of experience with PHP, and I think if you're really beginning with the language, this book can boost your programming skills very quickly.

Take a look at the table of contents. For me, as one who works for a while on quite big web app, reading about Deployment, Continuous Integration and even the Debugging chapter helped me a lot to deal with the work I have. I'm really looking forward to integrate all of the solutions into my day job.
If not performing correctly, deployment process might be very risky. In Chapter 8: Deploying Application, you'll read about the deployment process, learn about common mistakes and basically how to deploy your web application in the best method.

As you may see, you won't learn too much coding skills, this is not PHP learning book. This book teaches you all those thinks around coding: testing, deployment, documenting and etc. Which are quite interesting, and learning from other people's experience can save you some time and headache :)

I'm really happy I have this book in my library, its must-read before I start new project.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 2 Nov 2010
By ybh - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Before you start your next project you must read this book. Dirk hits everything precise without the bloated text from most books who try to tell you a story without a single line of code.
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