PHP in a Nutshell
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2005
Pages: 372

Now installed on more than 20 million Internet domains around the world, PHP is an undisputed leader in web programming languages. Database connectivity, powerful extensions, and rich object-orientation are all reasons for its popularity, but nearly everyone would agree that, above all, PHP is one of the easiest languages to learn and use for developing dynamic web applications. The ease of development and simplicity of PHP, combined with a large community and expansive repository of open source PHP libraries, make it a favorite of web designers and developers worldwide.

PHP in a Nutshell is a complete reference to the core of the language as well as the most popular PHP extensions. This book doesn't try to compete with or replace the widely available online documentation. Instead, it is designed to provide depth and breadth that can't be found elsewhere. PHP in a Nutshell provides the maximum information density on PHP, without all the fluff and extras that get in the way. The topic grouping, tips, and examples in this book complement the online guide and make this an essential reference for every PHP programmer. This book focuses on the functions commonly used by a majority of developers, so you can look up the information you need quickly. Topics include:

  • Object-oriented PHP
  • Networking
  • String manipulation
  • Working with files
  • Database interaction
  • XML
  • Multimedia creation
  • Mathematics

Whether you're just getting started or have years of experience in PHP development, PHP in a Nutshell is a valuable addition to your desk library.

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    Comments about oreilly PHP in a Nutshell:

    Is there any new version of this book.

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    Only book that answers 'OR vs '||'

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        Comments about oreilly PHP in a Nutshell:

        The cowardly (anonymous) review stating that it had all these errors must never have any bugs in his code.

        However, the title should tell you, 'Nutshell'.

        Often books are too little (too cute and too babyish) or too much (throwing you in at the deep end of the pool).

        I have 'PHP Advanced Programming' by Schlossnagel and love it, but I am so pleased that I read this book so that I feel I have had a thorough and robust introduction without being clobbered by, well, all of the stuff one buys a book titled 'PHP Advanced Programming' for.

        The thing I learned from this book, that I have never heard discussed before or since, is the subtle difference between 'OR' and '||' and 'AND' and '&&' -- he didn't treat me like a dummy nor did he wallow in geeky minutia, which allowed him to elegantly explain a very simple and key difference that is otherwise overlooked.

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        Good Information - Errors Throughout!

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        The information within the book is good, but there are errors throughout the book. Errors in both the titles and in the definitions. If you are still learning PHP, be prepared to double check quite a few items in this book.

         
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        useful for all levels, but some experience would help

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        Comments about oreilly PHP in a Nutshell:

        I'm fairly new to PHP, having implemented a couple of basic features in one of my websites. That said, this book is an invaluable aid, complementing the online PHP manual as a useful, concise reference guide. It not only covers the language core, but also looks at PHP extensions. Covers how to install PHP5, object-oriented PHP, file and string manipulation, HTML forms and other topics such as XML and multimedia.

        As with all O'Reilly books, this one is liberally strewn with excellent examples and clear diagrams, and is well written for its target audience. It does presuppose some knowledge of basic programming concepts such as variables and loops, but would still appeal to the beginner as an addition to the online user guide.

        Definitely recommend this book.

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        I have 8+ years of programming experience, and I am very interested in expanding my skillset. PHP is one of the skills I would like to acquire. With that in mind, I think that this book is aimed towards experienced PHP developers; if you are just starting out with PHP, this book makes an indespensible companion to a tutorial such as "Programming PHP" by Rasmus Lerdorf and Kevin Tatroe , but "PHP In a Nutshell" is not a tutorial in its own right.

        I like the examples throughout the book on how each function is used, and I found it well organized by sections. This book has also helped me think outside the box on redesigning an application currently written in VB.

        At the beginning the author proveds a website for downloading and installing Apache, PHP and MySQL for Windows. I had a hard time with the configuration on Windows XP as suggested by the book, and found everything I needed in one simple package (Apache, PHP and MySQL)at:

        http://www.e-novative.info/software/wamp.php

        I highly recommend this book for experienced PHP developers, and as a companion to a tutorial for beginners.

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