Programming PHP
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: March 2002
Pages: 528

PHP is a simple yet powerful open-source scripting language for creating dynamic web content. The millions of web sites powered by PHP are testament to its popularity and ease of use. PHP is used by both programmers, who appreciate its flexibility and speed, and web designers, who value its accessibility and convenience. Programming PHP is an authoritative guide to PHP 4 and is filled with the unique knowledge of the creator of PHP, Rasmus Lerdorf. This book explains PHP language syntax and programming techniques in a clear and concise manner, with numerous examples that illustrate both correct usage and common idioms. The book also includes style tips and practical programming advice that will help you become not just a PHP programmer, but a good PHP programmer. Programming PHP covers everything you need to know to create effective web applications with PHP. Contents include:

  • Detailed information on the basics of the PHP language, including data types, variables, operators, and flow control statements
  • Separate chapters on the fundamental topics of functions, strings, arrays, and objects
  • Coverage of common PHP web application techniques, such as form processing and validation, session tracking, and cookies
  • Material on interacting with relational databases, such as MySQL and Oracle, using the database-independent PEAR DB library
  • Chapters on generating dynamic images, creating PDF files, and parsing XML files with PHP
  • Advanced topics, like creating secure script, error handling, performance tuning, and writing your own C language extensions to PHP
  • A handy quick reference to all the core functions in PHP and all the standard extensions that ship with PHP
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3.0

Better to find some online resource

By raxit4u2

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Excellent Reference Work.

By wbwither

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Comments about oreilly Programming PHP:

I have been using this book for over a year now, and it has been a lifesaver. It is so handy to have a constant reference close at hand. Even with the wonderful PHP docs available at php.net, this book is very useful, particularly if you're learning PHP after knowing another language.

It does not cover advanced programming topics, but it is a very thorough reference to PHP. It is very interesting to read back through it after a year of working with PHP; many of the things that have puzzled me in the past about PHP are noted in passing in the text, even in the very beginning chapters about variables, flow control, etc.

A required book for anybody who writes significant amounts of PHP.

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By Mike

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This book is very thorough and relevant. It is targeted at perl and python programmers who want to use php. Chapters on regular expressions, arrays, web techniques, databases, and xml are informative and concise. This book also mentions php extensions.

I was amazed to discover how much information is packed in a single book.

If you want to learn php from the ground up this book is for you.

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Programming PHP is a great introduction to PHP. The chapters are well written with good examples that explain what is being discussed. The chapters are not written in a "read one after the other" fashion, so you can easily go to the chapter you need information on and find what you are looking for. This book did have some errors in the sample code, but if you read the text and actually try out the examples you can easily figure out what needs to be fixed to get them running. Since the O'Reilly "Programming" series is more about advanced programming issues, I think this book should have had the title "Learning PHP". It just seems to be an introduction, because it did not delve into any advanced topics. It is worthy to have on any PHP developers bookshelf. Recommended.

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By Luc Castermans

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I bought the book because it looked good at first sight and was co-written

by Rasmus, one of the originators of PHP. I've read couple of books on PHP

before, but this is the best. It covers all topics in a professional

way, and provides examples to it.

I've downloaded the examples and tried them out, some code did not work on the spot, I had to fix them, which learned I had understood the topic.

Great experience !

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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By Sean Rendell

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This book is an excellent addition to a web designers bookcase. Clear and easy to read, it is written by the inventor of PHP, so you know it mirrors how PHP was designed to be used. It is also at good technical level for many computer professionals...not too simple, not over your head.

Included examples do not include excessive amounts of code, which in my opinion, makes it easier to understand the concepts. If you are looking for a book with huge elaborate appplication examples, you may wish to search elsewhere.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in PHP development.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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By chris brown

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Just thought I would pass something on to you. Being a PHP programmer, I

recently had a chance to peruse "Programming PHP". Fantastic book, cant

say enough good things about it. Required reading from anyone trying to

get into this line of programming. Considering Rasmus Lerdorf had a hand

in it, I'm definitely not surprised.

 
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Programming PHP Review

By Peter Lord

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Great book although some of the images aren't included in the code download.

Covers stuff like pdfs on the fly

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Review of Programming PHP. I highly recommend this book.

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