PHP Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition
PHP Pocket Reference 2E, PDF
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2002
Pages: 140

Simple, to the point, and compact--in fact, exactly what you've come to expect in an O'Reilly Pocket Reference--the second edition of PHP Pocket Reference is thoroughly updated to include the specifics of PHP 4.

Written by the founder of the PHP Project, Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP Pocket Reference is both a handy introduction to PHP syntax and structure, and a quick reference to the vast array of functions provided by PHP. The quick reference section organizes all the core functions of PHP alphabetically so you can find what you need easily; the slim size means you can keep it handy beside your keyboard for those times when you want to look up a function quickly without closing what you're doing.

This valuable little book provides an authoritative overview of PHP packed into a pocket-sized guide that's easy to take anywhere. It is also the ideal companion for O'Reilly's comprehensive book on PHP, Programming PHP.

The PHP Pocket Reference an indispensable (and inexpensive) tool for any serious PHP coder.

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PHP4 itself is deprecated

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    Comments about oreilly PHP Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition:

    I was hoping to recommend this to my students, but it's hopelessly out-of-date. PHP5 books date back at least to 2004. O'Reilly really needs to figure out how to at least warn unsuspecting purchasers that they're plunging into a temporal black-hole.

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    Not a good purchase

    By Anonymous

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    Comments about oreilly PHP Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition:

    The functions should be organized by category, based on their use (strings, MySQL-centric, images, etc) like the first edition! I'm not sure who decided that form of organization was bad, but it was what made the reference useful. This edition is collecting dust. Just what I wanted to spend my money on. :-|

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    Very hard to undestand

    By Seriy

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    Comments about oreilly PHP Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition:

    I think this book doesnt describe the functions enouugh. What i'm trying to say is that it would be much better if each function also included an example. Like it is on http://www.php.net/manual/

    I wouldn't recomend this book to anyone i think it is much easier to download and use the original PHP manual utility.

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    PHP Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition Review

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    Comments about oreilly PHP Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition:

    I agree 100% with the previous comment. The first 30 or so pages are great, then it bites hard. Its impossible to find anything in it....is an index just to much to ask for a pocket ref?

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    PHP Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition Review

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    Comments about oreilly PHP Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition:

    Summary: Bad organization undermines usefulness.

    The book starts off with a good summary of syntax, data types and the like. This is very useful, and PHP being what it is to developers familiar with Perl or C, you could get a good start on the language just from the first 34 pages.

    The remaining pages (a 132 page book), however, are a disappointment. They comprise a function reference, with the functions organized alphabetically. I really believe this organization to be ill-conceived. To me, the book would have been far, far more useful -- perhaps 2 or 3 "owls" more -- if the functions were organized according to categories: math functions, database functions, string functions, and so forth.

    One can only hope the 3rd edition will correct this. As it stands, I'm sorry to say I don't recommend buying it.

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