- Paperback: 478 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; Original edition (1 Nov. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071549013
- ISBN-13: 978-0071549011
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 787,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PHP: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE Paperback – 1 Nov 2008
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About the Author
Vikram Vaswani is the founder and CEO of Melonfire, a company specializing in software consultancy and content creation and syndication services. He is the author of PHP Programming Solutions, How to do Everything with PHP and MySQL, and MySQL: The Complete Reference. Vikram is the author of numerous well-received articles on open-source technologies (including Perl, Python, XML and the very popular PHP 101 series), all written with the goal of making complex technologies accessible and understandable to novice users. He has been developing software since 1995, was first introduced to PHP in 1998, and hasn't looked back since. Vikram is regular columnist with Zend Technologies (creators of PHP), as well as with IBM DeveloperWorks, CNET Builder.com, DevX.com and other OSS sites.
Top Customer Reviews
What makes Mr V's writing work so well, in my opinion, is that he's got the balance between dry technical content and humour pretty much perfectly balanced. It seems to me that, modern technical writing, about topics like this, seems to veer to one extreme or another. The author either puts so much focus on filling their tome with accurate and worthy technical content that you need to keep pinching yourself to stay awake as you slog your way through it, or they spend ages trying to be funny and you end up skipping through bits to try and quickly get what you need to know out from amongst the jokes. Mr V seems to steer between these extreme very successfully. This book is very readable. It's written in an empathic manner, where it's obvious that the author has thought about which bits you, the reader, are likely to have found easy or difficult.Read more ›
Each chapter starts with the basics and towards the end it delves into real-world projects that apply some of the knowledge you have learnt. At the end of the chapter you find more projects to test how well you can apply what you have learnt. The solutions are provided at the back of the book. There are so many practical projects which are fully answered at the back. These are real world such as averaging marks in a class, Age calculator, Creating a population database. Through the projects the Author shows you how to apply arrays, variables, functions and strings in real world programming. Before I got this book, I had a hard time understanding variable scope in terms of functions.
If you are a beginner, this is your book. I don't think it will be useful for those who are already confortable in programming. Now I am using more advanced books, thanks to this book, I am passed PHP basics.
Get in now if you want to learn PHP fast and painless.
One downside of it is that before you start you have to download apache/php on your computer, this is fine for those with windows machines as there is a chapter at the back showing you how to do this, however I have a mac so it didnt work for me, I therefore used the internet to learn this and this was fine. I still rate the book 5 star as it really was brilliant!
Definately a must buy for anyone seeking to learn php!
lots of math, and not very inspired tutorials.
but it does the job.
in a slightly boring straightforward way which is fine if you like that kind of thing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book presents the information in a logical and progressive manner which is useful for the novice php programmer. Read morePublished on 27 May 2013 by Mr R R Read
It's a good comprehensive read, but the content in detail is poorly ordered and phrased.
It needs to range its points better.
This has some good information and it enables you to understand PHP up to a point, but I found too much prior knowledge was assumed and there is a lack of explanation of teh code... Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2013 by David Tyler
The installation guide is utterly useless given that none of the diagrams look anything like the actual installations. Read morePublished on 20 April 2012 by Housewife from Hell