4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not well structured. Leaves a lot of daily tasks untouched,
This review is from: Zend Framework, A Beginner's Guide (Paperback)
All in all I don't regret having bought this book, but nearly. The subjects it touches I think it does pretty well, but It has some serious drawbacks for me:
- It goes from one subject to another without any continuity, or at least, I don't feel it while reading.
- Before you reach the middle of the book a whole chapter is dedicated to debugging... but wait, I don't yet know how to get the current route parameters in the controller, how to pass variables to the view, what is the best way to add an external library and call it, what is the registry for, or the bootstrap, or how to deploy to the production server ... a lot of mundane important bits left behind really. You can sometimes grasp how things have to be done from the code samples, but then, I don't need a book for that, I have lot of samples to examine by myself for free online, I want a book to teach me how things work.
- Layout an text is not very well formatted, it looks boring and old (I do graphic design, so perhaps most people won't complaint about this). The code is also not terribly well formatted with lots of line breaks and pages and pages full code to show a very basic thing that could perhaps be better explained in a few lines + sample code and leaving the rest to download from a url.
- The Doctrine chapter (that I don't think it is necessary for an intro book) is completely obsolete if you choose to use the current version 2. This is something that could happen to any IT book of course.
After a week I just left the book aside and search for my doubts online. Still, some chapters are good taken as a self-contained unit. It is just as a whole that the book doesn't do it well for me.