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Php|architect's Guide to Programming with Zend Framework [Paperback]

Cal Evans
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21 Jan 2008
Learn to master the secrets of the Zend Framework with this new book from php|architect's popular Nanobook series! Written by Zend DevZone editor and well-known PHP expert Cal Evans, php|architect's Guide to Programming with Zend Framework helps you understand the Zend Framework through a detailed roadmap into its features and functionality. This book covers much of the primary functionality offered by the Zend Framework, and works well both as a thorough introduction to its use and as a reference for higher-level tasks. The table of contents includes: - Getting started - The Model - The Controller - The View - Data access - Web services - Authorizations - Exceptions and error management - Rich Internet Applications - Hacking the framework: secret classes and advanced functionality - Framework internals - Tips & tricks - The new Zend_Layout classes With a rich, example-driven style and the trademark no-fluff approach to professional content, php|architect's Guide to Programming with the Zend Framework belongs in your book collection!

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Marco Tabini & Associates, Inc (21 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973862157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973862157
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,349,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 23 July 2008
Don't waste your time/money on this book. Although it's not intrinsically a bad book, it is simply not very useful for developing web applications with Zend Framework. Firstly, it is already out of date, despite only being published in January 2008, as it fails to cover many of the new features of Zend Framework 1.5, and even the topics it does look at are not covered particularly thoroughly. Examples tend to be fragmentary, with important information either buried in the main text or not provided at all, so you will need to download the code and rummage through it in order to figure out how it's all supposed to work.

There are also lots of blank pages and whitespace, so there is substantially less to this book than meets the eye, in all respects. It will tell you some useful stuff if you're new to ZF (hence the somewhat grudging two stars), but nothing you can't find done better or more cheaply elsewhere.

If you really need to get started with ZF right now, I recommend starting with the video tutorials available on the ZF website to get the basic concepts, as well as the written tutorials on the same website. Then try Rob Allen's online ZF tutorials at [...] plus liberal use of Google to find the answers to specific questions as you go along.

Also, try Quentin Zervaas's book Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP (Expert's Voice) as it provides a good intro to ZF (slightly out of date but no worse than this book) plus lots of useful material on Web 2.0 PHP development. And
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2.0 out of 5 stars very superficial 4 April 2008
By Bénichou Arié - Published on Amazon.com
Didn't like the way the book is written. I do not understand the point of chapter called 'super ninja secret classes', why not use simply zend_registry? The author sounds so pretentious sometimes, it's really annoying. I've read Zend Framework In Action from Manning and Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP from Apress and there are really ten times better and richer.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can I give it no stars? 17 July 2008
By PFFP - Published on Amazon.com
Don't bother.

I ignored the advice of others here and ordered this book anyway, mainly because it's the only book in print on the subject. It sucks...bad.

I got the book this afternoon and had the RMA paperwork filed before bedtime. No thanks.

Super thin on information, and it's not even basic of information. Lets skim the surface of some pretty important concepts and libraries, shall we? At least thats how it felt to me.

The database chapter was the final straw for me. You're introduced to the basic db library then promptly directed to the online documentation for all the REAL db libraries that likely even the most trivial of web apps would require.

Good job Nanobooks on being first to market, but don't pat yourselves on the back too soon. You may have hurt ZF more than you're helping it with this book.

If you want a better (albeit not perfect) introduction to the Zend Framework then go check out Mannings Early Access Program and download 'Zend Framework in Action' (or pre-order here). A lot better footing after reading that plus some time spent with the ZF online docs.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The pickings are slim 24 May 2008
By Chad Kieffer - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book, despite the negative reviews. As other reviewers have already mentioned, the book was poorly edited and several errors exist in code samples. The sample application is esoteric for a general guide. I'm not saying we need another blog tutorial, but jumping into consuming web services certainly doesn't consider what most readers will want to know.

Discussion of the flexibility provided by the Zend Framework in comparison to other PHP frameworks is missing. I also think more references to generally accepted MVC design best practices should have been included.

The Model chapter gets off to a good start describing conventional thought on data modeling in MVC but the rest of the chapter doesn't support the introduction. I did find the Data Access chapter helpful and appreciated the mention of Data Profiling.

Until more ZF titles are available, I recommend reviewing the Zend Framework documentation and available blog posts.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars At least a ZF guide exists! 26 Mar 2008
By J. M. CUENCA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I can not compare to other guides, this is not for beginners, it is better if you have already put your hands on ZF. But the book is really great, it taught me a lot of new stuff that I did not know about Zend Framework.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ok information but Cal Evans assumes alot knowledge 12 May 2008
By R. Wilbert - Published on Amazon.com
Although there is some good information. You have to fight the book to get to it. Some of the code examples are broken. Nothing major, but when you buy a book to learn new coding techniques. It helps to not have to troubleshoot the example code. ( plus the author names the application directory "application" but in his paths he refers to it as app ). Also there is only one reference that I saw that points you to the example code. Maybe I missed it but I looked again before I wrote this, and I only found it listed once and within an explanation of some code. Since he doesn't print the entire files in the book and points back to the example code. I would think that you might make a bigger deal about making sure you download the example code. I don't mind not having all the files printed out. But if you going to do it make easy for the people buying your knowledge to follow.

Also when showing you the code example the author doesn't give the file name that you are looking at. So you will be looking at code and you dont know if you are looking at Controller code model or view code ( although view code usually has a lot of print( echo ) statements )

If given the chance to do it again. I would not buy this book.
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