- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (6 Dec. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321949366
- ISBN-13: 978-0321949363
- Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 3.1 x 23 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Effortless E-commerce with PHP and MySQL (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 6 Dec 2013
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About the Author
Larry Ullman is a writer, Web and software developer, trainer, instructor, speaker, and consultant. He has written numerous highly acclaimed books, which have sold over 300,000 copies worldwide in more than 20 languages. As his readers, students, and co-workers attest, Larry’s strength is converting the technical and arcane into something comprehensible and useful.
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I am relatively new to web development, having only been learning for about 6 months (including HTML and CSS). And the only other PHP and MySQL book I have read is 'PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites', which is by the same author.
I was unsure if the jump from 'beginner/intermediate' to 'intermediate/advanced' would be too hard, but this book follows along perfectly from the last,
almost as if Larry intended it to be so.
It starts off with no coding at all, just two chapters of security and general concepts, then it's right back to the code writing.
I like that it doesn't hold your hand too much, it requires that you understand what you are doing, not just mindlessly copying. But at the same time it's not hard to understand, everything is explained in good detail and I really feel like I could create an online store from scratch after finishing this.
If there's one thing I wish this book had, it would be the 'Review/Pursue' sections at the end of each chapter, that's one thing I miss from the other book.
Such as stored procedures for mySQL and how to implement a shopping cart.
I think thats where Larry was aiming it at.
There are some areas. explaining the MVC architecture for example, I am at odds with.
to me , the book implies that the database layer is the entirety of model and that php is the controller.
this is not entirely true. The database layer is only part of the Model, the other part of the model being the business processes that are implemented in php. but that's possibly going somewhere the book maybe didn't want to cover
Also, The use of objects are not as comprehensive as they could have been.
for example, in a book of this substance, I would have expected a templating system be used , to separate out the view code, from the PHP. This would actually have made it even easier to comprehend
I gave it 4 stars because of that. Perhaps in the next edition, we'll see a templating system and more objects. Then I will give it 5 stars.
But hey, this is a good book and worthy of a read, its certainly better than most of the books out there trying to cover similar topics. I've got hundreds, so I am in a position to compare..
I guess I'm just a critical reviewer
Also, Unless you want to jump in at the deep end, this should not be your first php book.