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Not the best buy ever, 19 April 2003
If you are like me, you buy the Pocket Reference books to gain a fast track insight into a particular language or framework. The PHP Pocket Reference does precisely this: the first thirty pages run through all of the core syntax of PHP. These pages alone justify buying the book. The remaining 100 pages of the book take the form of an alphabetical function reference (function signatures together with very brief descriptions). To be honest, this reference is of little to no use. To use it, you either must know the name of the function you wish to look up, or you must make an educated guess at what the function is called. This section of the book would have been infinitely more useful had the author compiled it on a categorical basis in a similar way to the documentation that ships with PHP.