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When I started to read I felt that all the code was a rubish, completed unformated, along of many pages the code looked a joke. And in this block you will find big blocks of code. finally i gave up.....i was loosing time trying to understand so many ugly lines.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart 20 Sept. 2013
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I read the only two reviews for the book before purchasing it. What I got out of them was that the structure of the book was not great, and that it's hard to "follow along" with coding in the book, as it's never explicitly stated which file should be placed where or named what. Considering I was just trying to wrap my head around general MVC structure as it pertains to PHP projects, I thought I'd be able to at least get some theory out of the book. I wasn't looking to write an entire extensible framework from the ground up--just trying to understand best practices for deploying MVC in PHP. There's gotta be SOMETHING I can utilize in this book, right?

In short: not really.

The book's problem is that it drills too far down into topics, complicating them to the point of incomprehensibility, without explaining exactly WHAT we're trying to do, or WHY we need to complicate things in such a way. Would it be so difficult to explain at the beginning of the book what the overall picture is going to look like before we have thousands of lines of code thrown at us? A couple pages detailing how our configuration, caching, registry, routing, template, database, and model classes will be working together to go from a request to an actual view--that doesn't seem like it's asking for much. And yet here I am, struggling to understand how everything links together. Am I really expected to flip back five chapters and skim 1000 lines of code that I barely understood when I read them two days ago to find how one thing links to the other? Such a structure is unforgiving, to say the least.

I've read plenty of PHP/OOP books before coming to this one. I started out with PHP and MySQL Web Development (4th Edition) for the basics, then PHP Objects, Patterns and Practice (Expert's Voice in Open Source) and Head First Design Patterns for OOP and design patterns. I'm about to start PHP Object-Oriented Solutions. Suffice it to say that, while not an "expert" on PHP/OOP/design patterns by any stretch of the imagination, I'm at least starting to understand how everything is supposed to link together. At least, I thought I did, until this book. Now I'm more confused than ever.

I might skim this book again in the future to see if it makes more sense on repeated readings, but for now, I'm just going to shelve it and head back to the Enterprise Patterns chapter of "PHP Objects, Patterns, and Practice." It might not give me the code for a complete framework, but it's at least readable.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get a professional advice from this book 9 Oct. 2013
By Mohammad - Published on Amazon.com
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I read lots of programming books, but this book has advanced my knowledge.
What you will find in this book can be learnt (the hard way) from reading source codes of professional open source project,but this book brings all what you need in an easy organized way for learning purposes, so you will get what other people has struggled learning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 2 May 2014
By Ray H - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book.
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time trying to make it a treasure. Cherry pick. 16 Jan. 2017
By delturge - Published on Amazon.com
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Cherry pick this book. Don't waste your time trying to make it a treasure. This book is not heavy on rhetoric and theory. If you are looking for a good story to go along with good examples, skip this text. But, if you want to cherry pick a few ideas here and there, oh, yeah, this book can be valuable in that sense. The cover (marketing) makes you want to think this book will be the Rosetta stone for MVC with PHP, but it's disappointing in that regard. This book is not worth more than $19.99 because, in my opinion, it is not written very well. It may have taken a lot to put this text together (it has a lot of chapters), but the author seems to be a bit aloof when it comes to story telling. Just my opinion. Also, I got the sense that this book was translated from someone who is not a native English speaker. But, I cannot know that for sure. The grammatical errors in this book are terrible.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unclear and expects you to read minds! 9 Aug. 2013
By VilliMagg - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is probably the worst technical book I've bought. Definitely does not live up to its expectations.
It's very unclear on what it wants you to do and therefore seems like the author expects you to read minds. I tried three times to follow the book and finally gave up on it. When finished ca. 150 - 170 pages you feel like a stupid misfit that can't understand or do anything and the book never tells you if you should f.ex. create a file called this or that, and you end up not knowing how your ever going to get through this book. The code examples are therefore very unexplainatory. I advice every intermediate programmer against buying this book. It will not help you on your way on learning anything useful as it begins on the wrong end of a framework. I would demand a refund if I hadn't tried for so long to get through it. This book needs a complete re-write.
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