Robin Nixon's PHP Crash Course: Learn PHP in 14 easy lectures Paperback – 19 Jun 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
This crash course develops well and the reading pleasure you get is from gaining knowledge, not from escaping into another world. You learn how forms on webpages work and how user input is processed. You discover how your internet browser works behind the scenes, how cookies work and what those extra bits of code are in your browser address bar. This book nicely progresses to the end when you deal with the differences between get and post Ajax requests.
Robin Nixon's PHP Crash Course is a 2088 KB eBook and was written in 2012. PHP is well explained to novices and it is great to understand it's magic. This book is okay and I give it a score of 3 stars.
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I also learned that PHP stands for "Personal Home Page" tools -- as it was named by its initial developer.
And will be picking up Robin's other crash course quides here shortly to add to my library. I like the fact that, at this time anyway, they are all fairly recent and current.
My one negative is that, despite the book's claim, there are places where I'm sure some programming background is helpful as, being a crash course, topics are covered very quickly. Even there, though, the presentation is very logical and well thought out. With references to official PHP online guides provided throughout. And so works well as a quick start guide.
While I would agree with other reviews that it's not a full compendium on PHP, it's not meant to be. I would think of it as a quick start guide for a product you just bought. Nothing seriously technical, but enough to get started with out having to read the PHP manual which is a serious tome. Furthermore it struck me as someone finally speaking English (whereas before PHP tutorials/learning guides had been Greek, Russian, and a sprinkle of Klingon)so that I could understand enough to go and look at the PHP manual (which is NOT helpful if you're a beginner) or at W3Schools site's tutorials (helpful but still not enough meat) and better understand not only what I was looking for, but what it all meant when I finally found it.
I have spent some dinero and a lot of time scouring the net for something that I could grasp onto. Tutorials out the wazoo, looking at different people's code, looking at 'pre-written code' and cross referencing it with the PHP manual. Nothing has helped like this book. This book is it. This is where it all begins. Pick this book up, read it first, then go and click on some of the GREAT resources Robin Nixon put in the book for further reading. It will save you hours of frustration later and it's fantastically priced in addition to being well written. I for one, will be picking up more of his books as I delve further into the world of web design/development, et al.