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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (19 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593271735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593271732
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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William Steinmetz is the author of LAN Party: Hosting the Ultimate Frag Fest (Wiley) and co-author of Paint Shop Pro for Dummies (IDG). He is the webmaster and editor of StarCityGames.com, where traffic has quadrupled as a result of the changes he designed and implemented, all using PHP.


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ade H on 1 Sep 2009
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The most positive characteristic of this book is its accessibility: it's the only PHP book that I have read without frequently thinking "what on earth do they mean by that?" The writing style is not formal - in fact, it's too flippant on occasions - but it's well written and easy to follow. It succeeded in getting me to understand one or two functions that had previously been confusing and the introduction to regular expressions would make a good grounding before tackling more advanced regex tasks. I really liked the "What can go wrong" segments: every programming book should have such information separated out like that.

The structure is slightly less well-ordered, though: it has a habit of referring to previous or forthcoming information, so you will be flicking back and forth at times. The incomplete code archive was a big annoyance: you will face some careful typing when you want to try out the examples for yourself. This is a second edition, so the archive should have been sorted by now.

I was disappointed with its incomplete treatment of most of its topics; more than is usual for this type of book. I was really interested in the details of processing form content into e-mails, but this important core function of any website gets little more than brief coverage of validation. The first chapter is titled "The Scripts That Every PHP Programmer Wants to Know", but it missed a lot that could and should have been included. Maybe it was a bit too ambitious in its aims for a book of this modest size, and it left me with a lot of unanswered questions. Although, I must point out that the other books in my possession didn't answer them very well either.
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I have read (or, more usually, part-read!) a few books on PHP and this one is one of the easiest to work with. Some other books I own have been criticised for containing code errors in the examples they provide, whereas the code in this book often seems to achieve the same end results with code that is both shorter and easier to comprehend. With a very small amount of PHP practice under my belt I have found myself smiling as I flip to a new page and see yet another topic I was hoping would be covered. It's an excellent book for anyone intending to do some real world PHP coding and has lots of casually delivered, but invaluable, tips and insights. Recommended.
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By sa.vuec on 20 Oct 2014
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good product. good price.
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