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on 20 October 2012
Before I go into the review I would just like to give a little background about myself. I am a full-time web application developer and spend most of my time working with either JavaScript or PHP. I bought this book to enhance my skill set further, and I feel this book does exactly as it says on the tin. I am already very familiar with Object Oriented programming and I was concerned this book would go over concepts I'm already used to working with. Whilst some of the book I found taught me nothing new (no fault of the authors it has to be covered), the bulk of it really opened my mind in a positive manner giving me plenty of new ideas about how to write my own code in a modern and efficient way.

For the benefit of potential purchasers of this book I would like to explain in plain English what this book is and what it isn't. PHP Master is a book about concepts and theory for those looking to further their skills to a higher level. This book is NOT, I repeat not a 'How to program in PHP' book so please consider other Site-point books if your starting out your journey or after a book full of practical examples. I groaned when I read a previous review where that person was disgruntled because he/she considered it an arm-chair read...well yes that exactly what it is and no bad thing!

This book is about empowering you to write your own code a modern way, not to teach you programming. If you have moved on from being shown how to program and want to fine tune your technique this comes recommend.
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on 9 February 2012
I started using PHP 4 and I learned PHP 5 on the road with a lot of confusions and misunderstandings.
It helped me understand PHP better while inspiring me using more up to date APIs and best practices.
I would not recommended to novice PHP programmers but beside then this book is a treasure!
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