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This review is from: Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL E-Commerce: From Novice to Professional (Paperback)I bought this book based on the reviews it already had and now I wish I had not. In fact, I am going to return the book to Amazon. If you are like me you won't like it. So here goes.
1) I am technical, and am fully used to PHP and MySQL.
2) I needed something to guide me through writing a shopping cart.
3) I have written a shopping cart before, but wanted to be aware of the finer points when I write the new improved verison.
4) I am the web developer AND the web designer.
When I opened the book I was horrifed (yes - not too strong a word) to see the authors had based the whole book not just on PHP and MySQL (GOOD), but also on SMARTY templates and the PEAR database libraries (BAD). If I had known this from the outset I would never have bought the book as it is cluttered with the fallout from these two pieces of flabware. Now I know that SMARTY and PEAR are useful used in the right context by interested parties, but when you trying to find out more about the finer points of shopping cart design, they are simply clutter.
The decision to use these products is not to be confused with e-commerce in general. Of course none of this may matter to you, but if you like me don't want to have to ignore half the book, or spend the time learning about SMARTY and PEAR, then this is not the book for you.