- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: APress; 1st Corrected ed., Corr. 3rd printing edition (2 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590599063
- ISBN-13: 978-1590599068
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.4 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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About the Author
Quentin Zervaas is a web developer based in Adelaide, South Australia, where he has been self-employed since 2003. After receiving his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Adelaide in 2001, Quentin worked for several web development firms before branching out on his own, developing a wide range of custom web applications for customers all around the world. Quentin has recently started a new company called Recite Media (http://www.recite.com.au) with two partners. Recite Media develops web applications primarily for other development or design companies to resell. Its flagship product, Recite CMS, is being used by some of Australia's largest companies. Quentin also runs and writes for his PHP development resource site, phpRiot (phpRiot.com), which provides a number of useful articles on a wide variety of PHP-related topics. After completing his role as the technical reviewer for Beginning Ajax with PHP: From Novice to Professional (Apress, 2006), he decided to undertake writing Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP.
Top Customer Reviews
The book "holds your hand" through the process of creating a full scale Weblog that makes efficient use of all the Web 2.0 technologies such as AJAX, Zend, Smarty and it even helps you create dynamic image galleries and integrate Google Maps. This is very very good, however my main concern is that the book is a little too easy to just "take in" without actually realising the content.
For example, I often find myself typing out the provided code without actually understanding what it's doing, so I have to refer to another book I own for help regarding Object-Oriented PHP syntax, and then re-read the chapter and code listing.
I really do love this book because I feel like I will have achieved a result when I finish it, but my concern is that will I have learnt enough to reapply the knowledge elsewhere, having simply just copied the code from the listings? It's a tough one.
To summarise - I'd recommend it to anyone who is quite seasoned in PHP and Object-Oriented Programming. The author submerges you in an ocean of Object-Oriented PHP using the Zend Framework within the first few chapters, and so if you aren't so good with Object-Oriented Programming then you may be more at home with something else.
That said, if you're prepared to learn Object-Oriented PHP beforehand and you are looking to learn how to apply all of the typical buzzwords of today's technology such as AJAX, MVC (Model View Controller), Zend, Smarty etc to an example, with expert guidance, you'll be right at home.
Good luck :-)
I was hoping to see some Web Apps and all I saw was some monsterous Zend Framework learing book. I bet the Table of contents is impressive. What they do not tell you is that everything the book teaches is through Zend and not pure PHP.
With a book like this it is easy to criticise the decisions taken. There are almost as many different ways to create a functioning web application as there are people developing them. This book can only ever present one approach to application development and it does this well. The book is dominated by code, as would be expected, but the supporting text is informative and easy to follow. Overall it is a solid introduction to putting together a complete web application with some real gems. The chapters on google maps and deployment I found to be particularly good.
If you're considering purchasing this book be sure to check out the publishers site as they have a sample chapter freely available for download.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book provides an interesting insight into developing a Zend Framework application using AJAX and other JS "web 2.0" functionality. Read morePublished on 20 April 2013 by typo
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