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23 Oct 2005 0596100671 978-0596100674 1

Now installed on more than 20 million Internet domains around the world, PHP is an undisputed leader in web programming languages. Database connectivity, powerful extensions, and rich object-orientation are all reasons for its popularity, but nearly everyone would agree that, above all, PHP is one of the easiest languages to learn and use for developing dynamic web applications. The ease of development and simplicity of PHP, combined with a large community and expansive repository of open source PHP libraries, make it a favorite of web designers and developers worldwide.

PHP in a Nutshell is a complete reference to the core of the language as well as the most popular PHP extensions. This book doesn't try to compete with or replace the widely available online documentation. Instead, it is designed to provide depth and breadth that can't be found elsewhere. PHP in a Nutshell provides the maximum information density on PHP, without all the fluff and extras that get in the way. The topic grouping, tips, and examples in this book complement the online guide and make this an essential reference for every PHP programmer. This book focuses on the functions commonly used by a majority of developers, so you can look up the information you need quickly. Topics include:

  • Object-oriented PHP
  • Networking
  • String manipulation
  • Working with files
  • Database interaction
  • XML
  • Multimedia creation
  • Mathematics

Whether you're just getting started or have years of experience in PHP development, PHP in a Nutshell is a valuable addition to your desk library.


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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (23 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596100671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596100674
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 16.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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"...there is no unnecessary waffle, but plenty of code to get your teeth into. It's a desktop guide for quick reference, so not all your queries will be answered, but it will certainly point you in the right direction. An indispensable guide to PHP programming." .net, May 2006

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PHP in a Nutshell is a complete reference to the core of the language as well as the most popular PHP extensions. The topic grouping, tips, and examples in this book make it an essential reference for every PHP programmer. It covers the functions commonly used by a majority of developers, so you can look up the information you need quickly. Whether you're just getting started or have years of experience in PHP development, PHP in a Nutshell is a valuable addition to your desk library.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book 29 Dec 2005
Format:Paperback
This book is great if you already have an understanding of PHP, it's concise and yet gives a very good over all view of anything you are likely to use PHP for. If you are a begginer I would recommend learning from another book and then using this one as a reference and to learn more complex parts of the language.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definitive 6 Mar 2006
By D. Graham VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I'm fairly new to PHP, having implemented a couple of basic features in one of my websites. That said, this book is an invaluable aid, complementing the online PHP manual as a useful, concise reference guide. It not only covers the language core, but also looks at PHP extensions. Covers how to install PHP5, object-oriented PHP, file and string manipulation, HTML forms and other topics such as XML and multimedia.
As with all O'Reilly books, this one is liberally strewn with excellent examples and clear diagrams, and is well written for its target audience. It does presuppose some knowledge of basic programming concepts such as variables and loops, but would still appeal to the beginner as an addition to the online user guide.
Definitely recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice tutorial, not sure about the reference 1 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
Enjoyable book to read, and is a nice tutorial, but I didn't think it was that good as a reference. E.g., several basic language constructs/functions are not defined clearly, the index is quite poor, and there are loads of errors/misprints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled by the date! This covers PHP5 3 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As an experienced front-end web designer/developer (deals with XHTML, CSS, JavaScript), i was learning php through video tutorials and in some of the videos, there weren't indepth explanations of some methods and commands and i have to say this book is just what i needed for a PHP reference.

The layout of the book is very clear and it feels a bit like a dictionary for php as i felt fed up checking the online PHP manual all the time. Don't be downhearted by the date, this book even covers PHP5.

I wouldn't say a person could learn PHP from this book for the first time because the sample codes go from advanced/easy diffifulty in fundamental examples. For example, "Public functions" and "Constants" are being used in the first section of the book which describes "Conditional Loops" and there is no explanation about constants or public/private functions. But overall this is a good book to have by your side as a PHP developer no matter the experience.
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