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PHP: The Good Parts Paperback – 30 Apr 2010
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Peter MacIntyre lives and works in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He has over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry, primarily in the area of software development.
Peter's technical skill set includes several client/server tools and relational database systems such as PHP, PowerBuilder, Visual Basic, Active Server Pages, and CA-Visual Objects.
Peter is certified by ZEND Corporation on PHP 4.x and has contributed writing material for Using Visual Objects (Que Corp.), Using PowerBuilder 5 (Que Corp.), ASP.NET Bible (Wiley Pub.), and Web Warrior Survey on Web Development Languages (Course Technology). Most recently he has co-authored the Zend Studio for Eclipse Developer's Guide - Addison-Wesley.
Peter is a former contributing editor and author to the on-line and in-print magazine called php|architect (www.phparch.com). He has also spoken several times at North American and International computer conferences including CA-World in New Orleans, USA; CA-TechniCon in Cologne, Germany; and CA-Expo in Melbourne, Australia.
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But it is absolutely brilliant. It managed to get me to understand some things I was having trouble with, in just a few paragraphs.
The remit of these books seems to be "just tell them stuff quickly, give them some examples and move on". And it's an excellent philosophy.
Absolutely not for the beginner, but if you've got a basic grasp of PHP this book is a must. I totally recommend it.
I'm surprised at how strong my recommendation is, for such a small book. I *love* those big heavyweight O'Reilly books. But when a book can advance my knowledge as quickly as this one did, I have to recommend it to everyone.
It's small enough that you should probably buy it even if you're an expert - it won't waste space on your bookshelf.
2010, slim volume programmer's reference, approx A5 150 pages.
Concise and fairly comprehensive guide to the language, including a short chapter on PHP 5.3, I ordered this book as a reference book for learning and writing in PHP to supplement online research, and consider it perfect for this purpose.
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That is standard I expect when I see the "The Good Parts" label on a book published by O'Reilly. Much to my disappointment, I did not experience anything approaching that same level of quality or discussion in PHP The Good Parts. This book is written only for a novice programmer, and I might even argue an individual who has never written code. It does not promote the best practices of our industry, nor discourage the bad. For example, the use "define" is encouraged within the first few chapters. Although, listed as the first item of the bad parts, "goto" is listed among the good parts! How can "goto" ever be considered a good part of a modern language that offers classes and other complex flow structures???
I would not recommend this book to any developer I want working on my team. I would not recommend this book to someone looking to learn how to program.
I propose the book either be taken off the market or renamed to "PHP, Parts."