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  • Paperback: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (21 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590593804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590593806
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Matt Zandstra has worked as a Web programmer, consultant and writer for a decade. He has been an object evangelist for most of that time. Matt is the author of SAMS Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours (three editions) and contributed to DHTML Unleashed. He has written articles for Linux Magazine and Zend.com. Matt works primarily with PHP, Perl and Java, building online applications. He is an engineer at Yahoo! in London. Matt lives in Brighton with his wife Louise, and two children, Holly and Jake. Because it has been so long since he has had any spare time he only distantly recollects that he runs regularly to offset the effects of his liking for pubs and cafes, and for sitting around reading and writing fiction.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Walker on 6 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
As a professional web programmer who has worked in the computer publishing industry, myself, I very often read a book with half a mind as to who it is either aimed at or will benefit.
As a result of reading this book, I came to the conclusion that those it would benefit were (downwards, in ascending order):
A) those with a good grounding in a web-base OOP programming language like Java or C#, who need to do some PHP, and need to know how much of what they are familiar with can now be applied in the PHP 5 world and how it is implemented.
B) those coming from a desktop-oriented OOP background who need an insight into the unique problems of designing multi-user, distributed web-based systems, using the OOP features found in PHP 5.
C) established PHP programmers from a procedural background, who still needs convincing that PHP's object model is becoming strong enough to justify a switch to OOP, and how to achieve that switch.
D) hapless Visual Basic programmers, with plenty of experience using the COM-based Object interfaces, themselves, and who therefore need no convincing of the advantages of OOP, but who are desperately seeking a way out of the ever shrinking market for their existing skillset in desktop development (this describes a lot of the developers where I am currently working, BTW.)
It won't help an absolute novice programmer, however, which is a shame, because many of the arguments it puts forward to forcibly are aimed squarely at avoiding many of the pitfalls that new programmers fall into when presented with:
A) an apparently simple problem
B) DBMS which (all to often) still doesn't default to enforcing constraints (for instance!)
and
C) An absolute wealth of functions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. M. on 31 Oct. 2005
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This book is very much an all-rounder. This first explains why PHP4 is fine, yet PHP5 for many will become a must-have. The addition of objects to PHP4 introduces a very powerful, and fittingly albeit surprisingly complex topic. This book will spoon feed you to become a programmer among the big boys. Without missing one step, this is more than just a resource to learning PHP5 objects. It's about getting closer to perfectly implementing demanding php/database applications in complex environments with many developers - and wasting minimal code by re-use. I'm freely marking my copy - I can tell I'll never sell it!
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By Matthew Doran on 1 Aug. 2014
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Brilliant book. I've been a we developer for two years and I still learn an use this book to refer to.
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By Andy on 24 Sept. 2014
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Packed full of great info.
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8 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Vunckx on 27 Feb. 2006
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Let me just say that this is not a bad book at all, it's just isn't good enough in my opinion. Maybe it is for starting programmers but it is not for me.
It succeeds well in explaining some of the more common patterns in PHP4/PHP5 but fails to goes into detail on a lot of them.
I'd really recommend some other books. If you want to learn about design patterns, there are a lot of better books out there. Unless you need the explanation in PHP code ...
I was not fully satisfied and learned little from it.
Not a bad book, but disappointing to me
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