PHP Pocket Reference Paperback – 21 Nov 2002
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PHP is attracting a lot of attention as an open-source alternative to Microsoft's Active Server Page technology. PHP scripts run on the server, so there is no browser compatibility issue. It is most often used with the Apache Web server running on Unix, but there is a Windows version as well.
This slim quick reference is a handy companion for all PHP developers. The author, Rasmus Lerdorf, is the creator of PHP, and PHP Pocket Reference is truly authoritative. It does not assume any prior knowledge and explains basics like how to embed PHP script in HTML, how to use variables, which data types PHP supports, all the PHP operators, and control structures such as if statements and while loops. There are examples of form handling and integration with the MySQL database server, often used with PHP. The book continues with a comprehensive reference to all the PHP functions, organized by function type. Categories include ODBC, Oracle, Date and Time, Graphics, Encryption and XML.
PHP Pocket Reference is best suited to experienced programmers. One annoying feature is the lack of an index, although with only just over 100 pages it isn't too difficult to find what you are looking for.--Tim Anderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
started the PHP Project back in 1995 and has been actively involved in PHP development ever since. Also involved in a number of other Open Source projects, Rasmus is a longtime Apache contributor and foundation member. He is the author of the first edition of the PHP Pocket Reference, and the co-author of Programming PHP.
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This book is ideal for php user that wants/needs a quick ref now and again. It has nearly pages at the end of the page covering core PHP functions, although not all are listed there, the main continually used ones are.
If you are getting in to PHP, I'd advise getting a bigger book with alots of examples and maybe turn to this one at the alter date, but for the intermediate user this book makes light work of finding information fast.
1. the function reference is not categorized (array functions, database functions etc) in any way, it's just a LOOONG list of all the functions in alphabetical order so you need to know the name of the function you're looking for before you even start looking.
2. No index, which could have made (1) slightly less of a problem.
3. Each function in the reference begins with the return type (string, int etc). Handy, but as these return types are all different lengths, and there's no padding to make the function names after them line up, you can't just scan down the page at the function names, you have to first find where the function name starts on the line. Slow slow slow. Would a bit of spacing really have hurt that much?
I get the feeling this book was thrown together in a very short time, with very little care and no thought put into its usability as a reference of any kind.
Stick to the online documentation if you're after the kind of quick reference this book should have been.
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