Zend Framework 2 Application Development
By Christopher Valles
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Released: October 2013
Pages: 298

In Detail

Zend Framework 2 has a flexible architecture that lets us build modern web applications and web services easily. It also provides an easy-to-use, high quality component library that is designed to be used the way you want.

It's easy to get started and produce a powerful and professional looking website with Zend Framework 2 Application Development. Exploring real life applications, we will explore the Zend Framework 2 components, as well as throwing some light on best practices and design concerns faced when building complex MVC applications.

Zend Framework 2 Application Development is a hands-on guide to building your application.

We will explore the components of this new version of the framework and discover how to use each component, the options available, and how to get the most from each component. Whilst learning everything you need to know, we’ll even create our own social network.

We will also learn to engineer an application using an API-centric approach, broadly used today to build applications that work seamlessly on desktops, mobiles and tablets. We will learn how to filter and validate data, interact with databases to retrieve and store data, handle and manipulate file uploads, interact with other websites, deal with spam, and also protect your APIs using OAuth authentication whilst allowing people from all over the world to interact with your application.

Zend Framework 2 Application Development is your guide to everything you need to know to build applications of any size for big and small companies alike, whilst using the right components for the job.

Approach

Every concept is put into practice with clear, step-by-step instructions and a hands-on approach. Forget about hundreds of pages full of theory; learn everything by example with Zend Framework 2 Application Development.

Who this book is for

Written for PHP developers who want to get started with Zend Framework 2. Whether you are learning Zend framework from scratch or looking to sharpen up your skills from previous versions, Zend Framework 2 Application Development will help you to harness the power of Zend to produce better and more powerful applications. Basic knowledge of object-oriented design will be helpful.

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    4.0

    Great book for learning zf2

    By TomBombadilll

    from Stockholm, Sweden

    About Me Designer, Developer, Maker

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    • Helpful examples

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      Comments about oreilly Zend Framework 2 Application Development:

      First said. I have worked full time with ZF1 in 8 years so I have a lot of experience learning that framework.
      I am also a very picky developer who today work as lead developer at one of the biggest ecommerce sites in northern Europe.

      I have read less than half the book so this review will be updated later on but so far I think the book is a great example for learning zf2. You will learn many of the main things you need to know to get on with developing on your own. ZF2 is a little bit hard to understand so I think chapter 3 (scratching the surface of Zend Framework 2) could be a little longer and with examples since I think that is the best way of learning new stuff in programming. Especially new concepts which zf2 has a "few". That being said it's still good to get a walkthrough of it before going on with building the application the book is all about.

      I also think the chapter 2 (setting up the environment) should be placed in an appendix instead, since this can be easily done with Zend Server or some other php/mysql server combination instead. If you need help doing that you could just jump to the appendix and learn how todo that with Vagrant and Virtual Box.

      The example code in the book could be a little bit better referenced sometimes so you know what file and what side (cliend or api) you are working on but overall it's still good examples. I also found some file in the example that wasn't explained at all but maybe that will come later in the book.

      I'm looking forward reading on and learning new stuff in this book and my final recommendation is to buy it if you want a good book to learn zf2.

       
      5.0

      awesome book

      By Julius Koronci

      from Bratislava, SVK

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      • Difficult to understand

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      Comments about oreilly Zend Framework 2 Application Development:

      As first I would say this is an awesome book, it really goes deep into the framework exploring all its parts. If you manage to get through the first 4 chapters, it starts to be also a really good reading. As for the first 4 chapters, I would say it is not really well thought trough and if you lack experience you will have trouble to get it done. There are a few mistakes there mainly caused by the assumption that the reader has all the required knowledge.

      As for the book itself, I don't think it is for beginners and it is certainly not a step by step guide. You don't have every piece of code explained or shown in the book and you really need to heavily use the source code to get you head around. The author focuses on the important parts of the framework or the topic of the chapter and the rest is assumed you will find in the source code. It is not a bad approach though because the entire framework can't fit into one book with 300 pages although I would point out that it would be nice to just let the reader know this fact.

      Otherwise I am really rating it for 5 and I would recommend it to everyone who is a fan of ZF and was looking for a good book for quite a long time now (December 2013 as of reading).
      I really liked all the chapters and the approach which the author has taken except of using vagrant and a virtual machine.

       
      5.0

      Highly recommended for newbs and pros

      By Tito Mari Francis Escano of EDGEKIT

      from Philippines

      About Me Developer, Educator, Entrepreneur, Sys Admin

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        Comments about oreilly Zend Framework 2 Application Development:

        I highly recommend this book to be a reference on ZF2 for newcomers and experts alike within reach on your desktop, literally and metaphorically

         
        4.0

        Great Book - Highly recommended

        By Pule Nong

        from Mochudi, Botswana

        About Me Designer, Developer, Enterpreneur

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        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples
        • Well-written

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        • A Couple Of Errors

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        Comments about oreilly Zend Framework 2 Application Development:

        This book is great for learning the latest features of the
        new Zend Framework 2. The book covers such things as
        uploading pictures, sending emails, registering and
        logging in, sharing links,posting comments and links.
        You learn all these while building a social networking
        website.

        I have read the book cover to cover and I was pleased with the
        quality of the content. The style of writing is easy and allows
        you to follow along without feeling like you need to go back to
        school to learn your programming terminology.

        Even though this book is an awesome piece of work there are some
        errors that I encountered and observed. Some of these errors have been
        logged at the publisher's site. Between pages 77 and 83 there are about
        four errors. So be aware of that fact.

        If you ask me what my feelings are about this book, I'll tell you that I love it
        and I recommend it to anyone who is serious about learning the latest
        features available on Zend Framework 2.

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