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Quentin Zervaas
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31 Oct 2007 1590599063 978-1590599068
Want to assert yourself as a cutting--edge PHP web developer? Take a practical approach, learning by example from author Quentin Zervaas, and discover how to bring together the many technologies needed to create a successful, modern web application. In Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP, PHP, MySQL, CSS, XHTML, and JavaScript/Ajax development techniques are brought together to show you how to create the hottest PHP web applications, from planning and design up to final implementation, without going over unnecessary basics that will hold you back. This book includes must--have application features such as search functionality, maps, blogs, dynamic image galleries, and personalized user areas. The Zend Framework is used extensively to build the application, allowing you to focus on developing the application rather than on reinventing the wheel. Topics covered include application planning and design, setting up the application framework, using CSS for easier styling, adding dynamic effects the easy way using JavaScript libraries such as Prototype and, and implementing several must--have web application features such as user login, blogs, dynamic image galleries, search functionality, mapping with Google Maps, and much more. Zervaas covers everything in a practical, tutorial style so you can start working on your own projects as quickly as possible. * Create cutting--edge PHP/MySQL web applications * Implement must--have functionality such as blogs, maps, search functionality, and dynamic image galleries * Master styling with CSS and dynamic effects using Ajax/JavaScript librariesWhat you'll learn * How to set up the perfect PHP/MySQL application development environment * How to implement basic user management functionality * How to use many of the components from the Zend Framework * How to effectively make use of the Prototype and JavaScript libraries, including many examples of developing custom JavaScript classes * How to create standards--compliant and accessible HTML code and effectively style it using CSS * How to create a basic blog system and enhance it with Ajax * How to add personalized user areas to your web application * How to create a dynamic image gallery * How to add search functionality to your application * How to use the Google Maps API to add maps to your application * How to implement popular Web 2.0 features, such as microformats, tags, and web feeds Who this book is for This book is for any PHP developer who wants to stay ahead of the curve, with practical, high--level web application development techniques.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (31 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590599063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590599068
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 854,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The title of the book misleads you 25 Sep 2009
I recently bought this book along with the PHP: Objects, Patterns, Practice book. I was hoping that this book will cover a bit of Zend and then work with general PHP to create Web 2.0 apps. Sadly, the book starts with installing Zend and everything you do, requires Zend. Not all web apps require the monster size of Zend. The book covers an older version of zend. I tried installing and setting up Zend as per the instructions found in the book. Sadly, nothing worked. I later found that lots had changed in the way Zend was setup.

I was hoping to see some Web Apps and all I saw was some monsterous Zend Framework learing book. I bet the Table of contents is impressive. What they do not tell you is that everything the book teaches is through Zend and not pure PHP.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Awesome, but not for the faint hearted 29 July 2008
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This is my third book I've bought on the subject. I do love this book because I bought it looking for a challenge and looking for an introduction to the Zend Framework and Smarty. This book provides all, and a lot, lot more.

The book "holds your hand" through the process of creating a full scale Weblog that makes efficient use of all the Web 2.0 technologies such as AJAX, Zend, Smarty and it even helps you create dynamic image galleries and integrate Google Maps. This is very very good, however my main concern is that the book is a little too easy to just "take in" without actually realising the content.

For example, I often find myself typing out the provided code without actually understanding what it's doing, so I have to refer to another book I own for help regarding Object-Oriented PHP syntax, and then re-read the chapter and code listing.

I really do love this book because I feel like I will have achieved a result when I finish it, but my concern is that will I have learnt enough to reapply the knowledge elsewhere, having simply just copied the code from the listings? It's a tough one.

To summarise - I'd recommend it to anyone who is quite seasoned in PHP and Object-Oriented Programming. The author submerges you in an ocean of Object-Oriented PHP using the Zend Framework within the first few chapters, and so if you aren't so good with Object-Oriented Programming then you may be more at home with something else.

That said, if you're prepared to learn Object-Oriented PHP beforehand and you are looking to learn how to apply all of the typical buzzwords of today's technology such as AJAX, MVC (Model View Controller), Zend, Smarty etc to an example, with expert guidance, you'll be right at home.

Good luck :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I recently received a copy of this book to review from the publisher and thought I would post a quick review here.

In this book the author takes us through creating a web application from concept to deployment. The "Web 2.0" application used here is a blogging application supporting images, tagging, microformats and geographical data. To speed development existing libraries and frameworks are used including Zend framework, PEAR and Smarty on the server side and prototype and on the client side. Chapter five is entirely dedicated to introducing the javascript libraries. Through the rest of the book the application is slowly built up.

With a book like this it is easy to criticise the decisions taken. There are almost as many different ways to create a functioning web application as there are people developing them. This book can only ever present one approach to application development and it does this well. The book is dominated by code, as would be expected, but the supporting text is informative and easy to follow. Overall it is a solid introduction to putting together a complete web application with some real gems. The chapters on google maps and deployment I found to be particularly good.

If you're considering purchasing this book be sure to check out the publishers site as they have a sample chapter freely available for download.
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