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Professional PHP Programming (Programmer to programmer) [Paperback]

Chris Scollo , etc. , Jesus Castagnetto , Sascha Schumann , Deepak Veliah , Harish Rawat , et al
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  • Paperback: 920 pages
  • Publisher: WROX Press Ltd (1 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861002963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861002969
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,177,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This publication covers middle-tier programming with PHP, a server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language. One of its major attractions over Perl, JavaScript and other scripting languages is that PHP has a built-in database integration layer and seamless IP connectivity, with LDAP and TCP as well as the IMAP mail interface. It also features: practical experience and techniques, from installation and configuration of the PHP engine to advanced dynamic application design; definitive coverage of core PHP language and database addressing; practical e-commerce and business scripting including database application development, together with PHP and XML applications; and LDAP connectivity addressing.

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Online discussion of the topics in this book available at Wrox's P2P site.

This book is for:
Developers that want to add a professional edge to their web applications. Programmers who are either new to the web paradigm of development or experienced CGI programmers who are looking for the speed and convenience of a new technology.
A working knowledge of HTML is assumed.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment 6 Aug 2001
By Chris
It looks like a really good book, and what it covers, it does excellently. However, I was extremely disappointed with this book, which is already vastly out of date, and covers none of the improvements of PHP4 over PHP3.
In particular, it still clings to the use of cookies to share data between web pages, and makes no mention of PHP's extensive sessions functions, which allow this to be done without any cookies at all.
One cannot blame the authors, for it appears that PHP4 was still in beta when they were writing. However, if this book is to continue to be sold a professional (and somewhat expensive) guide, it requires extensive updating.
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I'm always wary of books that have to congratulate the authors by having their photograph on the cover - and this one has five!
This book is an excellent beginner's tutorial with concise and clear examples throughout. But as this is roughly the 15th language I've learn't the lack of depth became very frustrating quite quickly. This carries over to the other topics they touch on: their superficial brushing off of concerns about cookies is *very* annoying. The authors really need to read "Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing" to find out why cookies really are bad (an excellent book, although the author's picture on the cover, with his dog, does warn you of the occasionally self-absorbed content).
"Professional PHP" does have a reference section where the functions are grouped by category, again excellent for beginners, but there's no full, alphabetical, function and variable index in the back! If I know the function I want to use, but need to remind myself of the argument ordering etc. it's extremely labourious and frustrating to thumb through the pages of reference looking for the right section. I notice that O'Reilly now have a pocket PHP reference which may solve this problem.
Personally I'm still looking forward to the O'Reilly "complete reference" treatment whenever they get around to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE book on PHP... 24 Feb 2002
By A Customer
This book is extremely useful to those wanting to use PHP. If you've done no programming before, Learning PHP 4 might be a better choice, but for those of us who know what a loop is, this is *the* book to buy. With this and [...] you will have all the information you need.
The sample code provided in the book is extremely useful, and is well-explained in the text.
The one negative thing about it is that the function reference provided in the back of the book is laid out by function type groups, not function name. This is OK if you want to look up a PostgreSQL function, but it's tricky to find a certain function by its name (e.g. strtoftime()) to check the syntax. That's a tiny niggle with an otherwise excellent book, however. Want to learn PHP? Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just saved my life -- and my job! 17 May 2000
This is superb. I've been reading a lot of PHP stuff recently and have not come across another book, site, mailing list or discussion group which has got me what I need to know as fast as this book did-- and just in time for the Pointy Headed Boss's deadline too! The section on integration with mySQL was particularly better than anything else I've found.
I'm not knocking off stars for the authors' pictures being on the cover, because I've covered my copy in brown paper. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. (As you might guess, I come into the 'total beginner, bitten off more than she can chew' category! )
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Gives a good overview of the functions and methods of PHP, and provides the examples that the online manual... is lacking, but this is not a language tutorial and I would not reccomend it to those who have not already had experience with a similar programming language (PERL, C).
The book also into enough detail in the advanced features (Such as Security, Connectivity) to make this book much use to the advanced programmer. In short, I would not reccomend this book to anyone except the experienced proggrammer who has just started to learn PHP.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great all rounder 27 Jan 2000
By A Customer
I am a PHP developer and I found this book a great read. It aims to please all and has material for both those new to PHP and old hands to PHP. From subjects such as PHP variables and arrays and advanced subjects such as XML, LDAP and Databases this book has it all. The book has loads of sample code and examples such as a ecommerce example and case studies. I recommend this book to PHP developers of all levels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any beginners in php programming 30 Mar 2000
By A Customer
This book is great for any one new to php programming. Even though you can get a lot of info about php from first bought Core php programming (leon Atkinson) I rushed to get my hands on something about php!. But after buying this book I don't bother with the other one. The examples are clear and easy to follow, More depth about functions and variables,(not like core php programming). Even though I advise anyone before getting this book.To do some research and get used to the syntax of this powerful server-side scripting language. And when you get this book it will all makes sense (trust me). I made a great feedback form using php for my website in less time than I thought!. Four stars to this book!
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I started by getting Core PHP Programming, by Leon Atkinson, but soon found out that I was obtaining more help from the PHP mailing list. Then I happened to come accross this one.
I have no doubt about my performance increase after I carefuly studied the contents of this book. Not only it covers very well issues like installing a complete PHP/MySQL based website but also contains several case studies that will help beginners understand how to use PHP to create fully featured active sites.
For the experienced programer, it will always be useful to refresh their mind with some good examples of well organized code.
It is a must for anyone wanting to use PHP!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Out of date now
Just got this for a silly low price and confirm that it's way out of date (published 1999 and is around PHP3).
Published on 12 Jan 2011 by Geoff Wode
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This book is very helpfull to PHP developers for advance level. If anybody needs any help further please visit [...]
Published on 19 Jan 2008 by Hardy Kapoor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, I really recomend it
It's a wonderful book, covers a lot of useful things. I'm not usually one to buy books, but I've never looked back since buying this one. Read more
Published on 15 April 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The best PHP book on the market
This book covers nearly everything you need to know about PHP. If you got this and the developers cook book and use the online annotated manual you won't go far wrong at all.. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2001 by Mr Tim S Parkin
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay - but there's better...
Having used allsorts to get my pages up and running and having read these comments before I bought the books to help me, I feel that I ought to put a comment here that would have... Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant
Brilliant book - easy to follow and understand. A must for anyone wanting to grasp PHP. Perfect for beginners and advanced users alike. Another great book from Wrox.
Published on 2 Nov 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent quick-start
I wanted to get into PHP quickly, and was recommended this book - I was not disappointed. The examples started out suitably trivial, but the kind of things you might want to do. Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2000 by Dr Hugh G Frostick
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
This book takes you through things at just the right pace. If you are already a programmer, you won't be bored by long-winded explanations. It's all brief and to the point. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent with one small proviso...
An excellent book that covers the main topics succinctly. It gently guides the reader without dictating or waffling. Read more
Published on 25 May 2000 by Richard
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