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Zend Framework, A Beginner's Guide [Paperback]

Vikram Vaswani
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1 Aug 2010 007163939X 978-0071639392

Aimed squarely at real-world PHP developers working against aggressive deadlines, Zend Framework: A Beginner's Guide teaches developers how to work smarter, by using the most popular open-source framework for PHP. Feature-rich, robust and mature, Zend Framework can simplify and shorten the application development cycle, reduce testing time, improve quality, and provide the developer with the extensibility, scalability and flexibility needed in today's competitive, rapidly-changing environment. This book shows how to maximize all the features of Zend Framework.

Zend Framework is to PHP what JavaServer Faces is to Java. Just as Java Server Faces: The Complete Reference is popular and useful for Java developers, Zend Framework: A Beginner's Guide will be the best guide for open source developers looking to develop web applications using PHP and the new Zend Framework.

Key Selling Features

  • Author is has been a well-known featured columnist with Zend Technologies since 2006. His columns are among the most popular on the Zend Technology community site.
  • Covers the most important components of the Zend Framework
  • Introduces MVC concepts and theory, and then demonstrates real-world implementation of the theory
  • Provides numerous projects and code examples
  • Companion website includes all of the code in the book

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne (1 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007163939X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071639392
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

Aimed squarely at real-world PHP developers working against aggressive deadlines, Zend Framework: A Beginner's Guide teaches developers how to work smarter, by using the most popular open-source framework for PHP. Feature-rich, robust and mature, Zend Framework can simplify and shorten the application development cycle, reduce testing time, improve quality, and provide the developer with the extensibility, scalability and flexibility needed in today's competitive, rapidly-changing environment. This book shows how to maximize all the features of Zend Framework.

Zend Framework is to PHP what JavaServer Faces is to Java. Just as Java Server Faces: The Complete Reference is popular and useful for Java developers, Zend Framework: A Beginner's Guide will be the best guide for open source developers looking to develop web applications using PHP and the new Zend Framework.

Key Selling Features

  • Author is has been a well-known featured columnist with Zend Technologies since 2006. His columns are among the most popular on the Zend Technology community site.
  • Covers the most important components of the Zend Framework
  • Introduces MVC concepts and theory, and then demonstrates real-world implementation of the theory
  • Provides numerous projects and code examples
  • Companion website includes all of the code in the book

About the Author

Vikram Vaswani (Bombay, India) is the founder and CEO of Melonfire (http://www.melonfire.com/), a company specialising in software consultancy and content creation and syndication services. He is also the author of PHP Programming Solutions, How to do Everything with PHP and MySQL, and MySQL: The Complete Reference (all McGraw-Hill/Osborne titles) and XML and PHP (New Riders Publishing) He is also the author of numerous well-received articles on open-source technologies (including Perl, Python, XML and the very popular PHP 101 series), all written with the goal of making complex technologies accessible and understandable to novice users. He has been developing software since 1995, was first introduced to PHP in 1998, and hasn't looked back since. He is regular columnist with Zend Technologies (creators of PHP), as well as with IBM DeveloperWorks, CNET Builder.com, DevX.com and other OSS sites.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Before you purchase this book you have to have clear understanding of php, html, mysql, and unix based operating system. The author didn't explain how to deal with php configuration details in the web server because its subject is not about LAMP stack or any other package such as wamp nor the author's job to explain to you how object oriented programming works. This is totally another area. I came from a php as a procedural programming language background, however I use C# for windows based applications which it is completely object oriented.

Also I have more than a year experience in drupal as both cms and cmf, however the learning carve for drupal is steeper than Zend framework for the reason being that zend is a design pattern oriented using object oriented to organize the code. You have more freedom in web frameworks than CMSs that is heavy and UI oriented. Perhaps if you want to built a quick website with minimal effort then use CMS if you are satisfied with little code modification and small module creation. However you cannot use CMF to create a custom web application because you are restricted by a rigid framework and it takes more time to learn the huge APIs collection. Bottom line if you are code oriented then Zend is a better solution and if you are UI oriented then use CMS as framwork for what it is.

Going back to the book, I am saying this because I have read most of it to chapter 10 "feed, web service" , This book is one of the best written in relation to web development. It takes you from 0 to hero in a complete illustration of real problem solving that is commonly encountered. The example through the chapters in itself 70% of what you need to know to get a real website up and running. The rest 30% is your imagination and creativity.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Zend Framework book I have read 23 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is quite simply the best book on Zend Framework that I have read and I have read a few. By the time you read this book the version of zend framework that the book covers may be obsolate (the rate at which the zend guys are realeasing versions it is near imposible to find a zend framework book that is not outdated by the time you purchase it) however this book offers very solid grounding in the use of the framework. This is the book that helped me to really understand what I was doing in. The examples work which is a rarity for most books and the writing style is clear and easy to follow.

Also the author tries to follow best practice as much as possible. The benefit I found is that it was relatively easy for me to switch between the code in the book and the official zend framework documentation. Other books that I read was not the case as the authors were very much doing things their own way so it was not easy cross checking code with the official documention. For me it covered all the foundational stuff I wanted to know. I keep this on me all the time. I recommend this to anyone who is strugling in understanding zend framework.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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All in all I don't regret having bought this book, but nearly. The subjects it touches I think it does pretty well, but It has some serious drawbacks for me:

- It goes from one subject to another without any continuity, or at least, I don't feel it while reading.

- Before you reach the middle of the book a whole chapter is dedicated to debugging... but wait, I don't yet know how to get the current route parameters in the controller, how to pass variables to the view, what is the best way to add an external library and call it, what is the registry for, or the bootstrap, or how to deploy to the production server ... a lot of mundane important bits left behind really. You can sometimes grasp how things have to be done from the code samples, but then, I don't need a book for that, I have lot of samples to examine by myself for free online, I want a book to teach me how things work.

- Layout an text is not very well formatted, it looks boring and old (I do graphic design, so perhaps most people won't complaint about this). The code is also not terribly well formatted with lots of line breaks and pages and pages full code to show a very basic thing that could perhaps be better explained in a few lines + sample code and leaving the rest to download from a url.

- The Doctrine chapter (that I don't think it is necessary for an intro book) is completely obsolete if you choose to use the current version 2. This is something that could happen to any IT book of course.

After a week I just left the book aside and search for my doubts online. Still, some chapters are good taken as a self-contained unit. It is just as a whole that the book doesn't do it well for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best introduction to Zend Framework 11 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
I have being trying to get a grasp of Zend Framework for the past few months and bought three or four other books before picking up this one which is without a doubt the best of the lot. The whole concept clicked into to place for me after reading this.

I found the book to be extremely well written, the code all works and the hands-on example was excellent.

Well done and thanks!

30/01/2012 - I am adding to my review to extend my thanks to the author. Apart from providing the best book on the subject, he answered a few questions by email as well to clarify some points. I only wish I could give him 10 starts!
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