Object-Oriented PHP
Concepts, Techniques, and Code
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: June 2006
Pages: 216

Object-Oriented PHP shows developers how to take advantage of the new object-oriented features of PHP. Working within the context of concrete examples, the book begins with code compatible with PHP 4 and 5, and then focuses on object-orientation in PHP 5. The author's practical approach uses numerous code examples, which will help developers get up to speed with object oriented PHP quickly, and show them how to apply what they learn to everyday situations. All code samples are available for download on the book's companion site.

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Object-Oriented PHP By Peter Lavin

By Akash Mehta

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Comments about oreilly Object-Oriented PHP:

Object Oriented PHP by Peter Lavin is an excellent guide to OO programming

with PHP5. Lavin covers relevant concepts thoroughly, with simple

explanations that allow even novice developers to understand the code.

Accompanying code is excellent and the structure of the book allows working

through the code while reading.

The format of the book is brilliant - Lavin introduces a concept, describes

it in detail and demonstrates how it can be used by building on the basic

example class he starts with. By the time he's finished the reader has a

fully functional class making use of all sorts of OO principles, and

applying the techniques to real world applications becomes second nature.

Code samples provided on the website are fully functional and actually

useful for production use, in addition to reinforcing the concepts detailed

in the book.

Personally, I felt the book was a great guide to OO, even for a reasonably

confident developer such as myself. Lavin clearly defines all the key

points, explains them in detail and demonstrates their use. He placed

significant emphasis on PHP5 syntax, and how its changed from PHP4, which

really helps developers like me, familiar with the version 4 way of doing


Lavin throws in a bit of APIs and AJAX just for good measure, and the use of

the prototype framework is great for simplifying the process for developers

unfamiliar with JS and DOM. PDO and SQLite are also covered, rounding out

the package. As an extensive guide on high end PHP5 programming, Object

Oriented PHP is a must read for any web developer.

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