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Beginning PHP5 (Programmer to Programmer)

   by Dan Squier / David Mercer / Allan Kent / Steven Nowicki / Clark Morgan / Wankyu Choi

    05 July, 2004


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Editorial description(s):

From Book News, Inc.
Intended for aspiring web developers familiar with HTML, this guide walks through the process of installing PHP on Linux or Windows platforms, explains PHP program logic, and introduces the PHP functions for working with the file system. The 17 chapters then discuss storing and retrieving data with PHP and MySQL, object- oriented programming concepts, the PHP extensions and application repository (PEAR), and the GD image library.Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Book Description
What is this book about?

Beginning PHP5 is a complete tutorial in PHP5's language features and functionality, beginning with the basics and building up to the design and construction of complex data-driven Web sites. Fully functioning applications are developed through the course of the book. Other features of the book include installation guide and troubleshooting tips, introduction to relational databases, practical working examples and applications, and a detailed language reference.

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From the Back Cover
PHP5 is the newest version of the preferred language for rapidly creating dynamic Web page content. While its main use is as a cross-platform, HTML-embedded, server-side Web scripting language, it now works equally well when creating multi-tiered applications or XML-based applications as well as Web applications. This book teaches you the features and functionality of PHP5, from installing and configuring it to designing and constructing complex data-driven Web sites.

As you proceed, you will build a number of fully functional applications. You’ll be introduced to basic programming logic, relational databases, OOP, PEAR, GTK, MSI, CLI, SQLite, and more. When you’re finished, you will understand how to create, test, debug, and put your applications to work in the real world.

What you will learn from this book

Who this book is for
This book is for beginning programmers as well as experienced developers who want to learn what is possible with the latest version of PHP.

About the Author
Dave W. Mercer has 15 years’ experience in industrial and process engineering, and systems analysis, and is CTO for a B2B, responsible for the development and deployment of online automated business services. His entire site hosting server, and the applications he builds for hosted clients are programmed in PHP using Postgres or MySQL as the database.

Allan Kent is a PHP programmer who runs his own company and is a co-author of Beginning PHP 4. Alan has been programming seriously for the past dozen years and, other than the single blemish when he achieved a diploma in Cobol programming is entirely self-taught.

Steven D. Nowicki is Director of Software development at The Content Project, a Santa Monica, California-based consulting firm currently developing a massive enterprise resource planning and contact management system comprising more than 300,000 lines of OOPHP code. He has a decade of experience in large-scale software development and system architecture on all major platforms.

David Mercer is a PHP programmer and contributed to Beginning PHP 4. He has a keen interest in all things open source ever since he managed to put together a working Beowulf cluster by nicking old computer parts from colleagues and assembling them under his desk. He has worked on Wrox open source titles about PHP, Perl, and Linux.

Dan Squier is a longtime contributor to the Wrox community and a PHP Programmer.

Wankyu Choi is an accomplished PHP programmer and lead author of Beginning PHP 4. He holds a Master’s degree in English/Korean interpretation and translation form the Graduate School of Translation & Interpretation.

Heow Eide-Goodman is a member of NYPHP and LispNYC who uses PHP in his day job to doWeb sites, services, and back-office transformations among SQL Server, Interbase/Firebird, and MySQL.

Edward Lecky-Thompson is the founder and director of Ashridge New Media, a professional new media technology consultancy based in Berkhamsted, just north of London, England. Self-described as “utterly obsessed with PHP,” Ed has more than six years’ experience in commercial software development and enterprise-level systems architecture across myriad platforms, with particularly strong exposure to PHP and Apache on Linux-based platforms.

Clark Morgan is an experienced programmer who creates and administers databases with Web sites using PHP and MySQL for Fusion Computing and Media.

Reader review(s):

This book has been extremely useful, October 21, 2004
(...)PHP code can be used on a local machine as well as uploaded to your server and used in the real world. You may need to make modifications to the code to reflect the domain name, etc. of your particular server.
With that out of the way, let me say that this book has been extremely useful to me (a beginner). Not only does it start with the fundamentals of PHP, including installation, it continues through many advanced areas of programming so that you do not need to rush out and buy another book to complete your project. It even covers some basic HTML integration for those that are new to that too.
All in all, I have not seen any other book on PHP5 with the depth and ease-of-use of this one.

Not much on PHP5, bad SQL, November 20, 2004
The best parts of this book are the first chapters that provide a very methodical introduction to the core functional aspects of the language. Not only do they provide good syntax instruction, they also teach you about writing good PHP code.

The trouble comes in the SQL database access chapter, in it's use of string concatenation to build SQL insert, update and delete statements. That strategy is prone to SQL injection attacks, and just basic buggy behavior. What's worse is that the section on PEAR, where you would expect to see SQL done well, doesn't reference the PEAR SQL wrapper.

In addition the book only has two chapters on the Object Oriented properties of the language. Where the first is just an overview of basic OO methodology.

a little dissapointed, January 8, 2005
First off, I found many errors, grammatical and in their code, within the first three chapters. Then, to make sure I was on the right track I referenced the exercise solutions in Appendix A. They use code that they don't even introduce for another 400 pages. The first couple chapters are okay at teaching with syntax and showing how to write good code. Not great or outstanding, not even good... just okay. I'm definitly going to stay away from Wrox when I buy more programming books. Anybody have an awesome PHP book they want to sell me?

Not what you expecting, September 12, 2004
That company is different now.

THE sample is only for Local machine.

that Code you download from there WEB site CAN NOT BE open.

You will have to BUY another SOFTWARE to read those sample CODE.
ANOTHER choise is type in by yourself.

Pretty useful book!!, March 4, 2005
I got a lot out of this title. Having known almost nothing about PHP to begin with, I am now able to do some pretty neat stuff...


Beginning PHP, March 1, 2005
I have always felt that WROX books were the best computer books on the market, until I read this one. There are tons of grammatical errors, which I can deal with. However, the syntax errors are far too numerous for this type of book. Also, some of the programs do not do what they are suppose to. If you are new to PHP, then stay away from this book. I am glad I bought this book from Amazon and paid a discounted price instead of buying it from WROX and paid the full cover price. At least I minimized the money I wasted on this book.

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