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PHP|architect's Guide to PHP Design Patterns
PHP|architect's Guide to PHP Design Patterns
by Jason E. Sweat
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.42

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much testing and not enough pattern discussion., 6 Mar 2007
I am a little disappointed with the format of this book. It should be titled an introduction to test driven development. I bought the book based on some of the posts Jason has made on sitepoints advanced php forum and thought it may be a useful addition to my collection of patterns books, alas this one will sit on the shelf gathering dust.

Far too much of this book is taken up with writing tests to validate the code examples. I did not buy this book to learn test driven design. I bought it to read Jason's take on design patterns. While the patterns are thoughtfully presented and discussed the code examples in both php4 and php5 are again a waste of bookspace. I wish he had concentrated on one or the other.
If you remove the testing and php4 examples there is not a lot of the book left for a php5 developer.

Whilst I like Jason's writing style and respect his views I cannot recommend this book.


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