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NEW PHP Functions Essential Reference by Torben Wilson Paperback Book (English)
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This book will help you:
Make Ajax calls and turn your website into a highly dynamic environment Upload and manipulate files and images, validate user input, and secure your applications
- ISBN13: 9780596157135
- Condition: NEW
- Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.
Rating: (out of 8 reviews)
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Review by farout:
Here is my background:
Java, Cold Fusion, ASP.net, C#, Rails; sys admin for Windows and Unix boxes.
Picked up several books to learn PHP – yuck!
Picked up this book. Wow. In 2 days I was on my way!
1. all the code examples actually work. Yes, it’s true. I know it’s shocking.
2. the explanations are excellent. Wow can this person communicate. Again shocking.
3. Tons of examples. Talking is great but I learn through code examples. There are plenty here. That is why in 2 days you will be like: Wow I can code in PHP.
4. Here is the best part – Nixon helps you setup everything so it works. I mean in less than 30min I was running PHP via Apache on my Windows using Mysql. I have days with other books trying to make things work because the author did not care enough to actually help me do setup.
Then pick up the PHP Web Dev Wellin/Thompson book and bang with Nixon’s – you are a PHP intermediate level programmer.
Really – that easy.
I wasted so many hours with other books – crap. Live and learn.
Thank you Robin Nixon. This book is a godsend. With the hours I saved, I am partying – yee ha!
Beginning PHP 5.3 (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
Serving as a complete introduction to PHP 5.3, this book walks you through all the major concepts of PHP in a way that’s easy to follow, with plenty of code snippets illustrating each concept to aid learning. You’ll discover how to install and configure PHP 5.3, how to get started with simple programs, and the basic building blocks of PHP such as variables, operators, expressions, arrays, and objects. Coverage working with files, XML, and MySQL; building Web applications with PHP; exploring the PEAR library; handling e-mail; and creating Web graphics.
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PHP Black Book: Comprehensive Problem Solver (Black Book (Paraglyph Press))
The PHP Black Book is a complete and indispensable reference to the PHP open source scripting language version 4. Embedded in HTML documents, PHP scripts create active server pages. This cross-platform book covers the language syntax, standard library, and integration with various databases including open source databases such as PostreSQL and MySQL. Explores issues such as internationalization, XML integration, and LDAP. The complete PHP scripting language is presented in a unique solutions-oriented format.
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PHP Black Book: Comprehensive Problem Solver (Black Book (Paraglyph Press)) Reviews
Review by Carolyn:
I read one of the authors articles about PHP and decided
to use PHP instead of ASP. I also decided to buy any book he wrote as the articles are so good. A few chapters on
HTML from another book were enough to start building web pages then I started reading the PHP Black Book. Each chapter seems to be complete so I can pick my way through the chapters I need and skip the ones I do not need. You only need about 5 of the 20 chapters to build a web site with a database and forms.Windows is covered so I do not need to learn Unix.MySQL is a useful database that has a whole chapter. I did not know you could use open source software like MySQL on Windows until I read that chapter. The database does what I want so I will skip the chapter on other databases.Everybody says I need this and that for my web site. All the thises and thats are in the book. He explains SQL, XML, LDAP, IMAP, and and how to draw graphics straight from a web page script. I will use that to make my database results in to pictures.
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The Zend PHP Certification Practice Test Book – Practice Questions for the Zend Certified Engineer Exam
As the usage of PHP grows, the need for a globally-recognized redentials program for professional developers is becoming more and more important. The Zend Engineer Certification Program, launched by worldwide PHP leader Zend Technologies, finally creates a professional designation that represents consistently high-quality skills and knowledge in the PHP world. Written and edited by four members of the Zend Education Board who also helped create the actual Zend Certification Exam, this book contains 200 questions on every topic that is part of the exam. The Zend Certification Practice Test Book is an invaluable resource in testing your preparedness in every area of the exam, from the basics to the most advanced topics. Each question comes with a clear answer that provides an explanation of the question’s topic, its goals and end result. Answering the questions in this book will allow you to clearly and quickly identify the areas of PHP in which you are strong and those in which you need further study before being able to pass the exam! Zend Technologies, Inc. is the PHP company. Founded by the creators and ongoing innovators of PHP, it is the developer of the Zend Engine, the heart of PHP. Zend focuses on enterprise-class products and services that enable organizations to develop, deploy and manage business-critical PHP applications. NanoBooks are excellent, in-depth resources created by the publishers of php|architect, the world’s premier magazine dedicated to PHP professionals. NanoBooks focus on delivering
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Review by Bob:
I just passed my Zend Certified Engineer test. It wasn’t easy. For preparation, I used both the Official Zend Study Guide (by Zend Technologies) and this book. I often found myself frustrated by the numerous errata in both books, but there were significantly more mistakes in this book (ranging from having the wrong answer listed in the answers section to typos). The positive aspect of this is that it forced me to spend more time with the online php manual answering my questions. I found the questions on the actual exam to be more like those in this book, than from the Official Study Guide, but you really need the Official Study Guide to make some sense of the answers in here as well. There were questions in this book covering exam topics that wheren’t covered in the Official Study Guide. That’s reason enough to get it.
The print quality on the pages is sub-standard, but the questions and thorough answers were very helpful.
Simply put, I wouldn’t have had any chance of passing the exam if it weren’t for this practice test book, even though it’s aggravating at times.
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PHP for the World Wide Web, Third Edition
With PHP for the World Wide Web, Third Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide, readers can start from the beginning to get a tour of the programming language, or look up specific tasks to learn just what they need to know. This task-based visual reference guide uses step-by-step instructions and plenty of screenshots to teach beginning and intermediate users this popular open-source scripting language. Leading technology author Larry Ullman guides readers through the new features in PHP 6, focusing primarily on improved support for handling any language in a Web site. Other addressed changes include removal of outdated and insecure features, plus new functions and more efficient ways to tackle common needs. Both beginning users, who want a thorough introduction to the technology, and more intermediate users, who are looking for a convenient reference, will find what they need here–in straightforward language and thorough readily accessible examples.
- ISBN13: 9780321442499
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PHP for the World Wide Web, Third Edition Reviews
Review by Jerry Saperstein:
Larry Ullman brings two major talents to the task of writing “PHP”: a) a thorough knowledge of PHP, and b) the ability to write on technical subjects clearly and concisely.
Ullman himself considers this edition “a relatively light revision of the book, tweaking some things, solidifying the discussion of PHP 5 (which was just out when the second edition of the book was written), and addressing some of the changes forthcoming in PHP 6 (whenever that may be)”. I have the earlier edition(s) in my library and there aren’t any super-major changes visible.
Ullman begins at the beginning with the basic concepts of programming and PHP. His writing style is very comfortable, very clear and the beginner will not feel lost, though the experienced programmer may do nothing more than skim these first pages.
He moves forward into functions and control functions, working his way to interaction with databases, one of the most widespread uses for PHP.
All in all, this is great learning tool for those coming with experience in other programming languages and those who are neophytes. Ullman has done it again: excellent work.
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PHP 5 Advanced: Visual QuickPro Guide
PHP is currently one of the most popular server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language on the Web. It’s specifically designed for Web site creation and is frequently being used to replace the functionality created by Perl to write CGI scripts. PHP’s popularity and easier-to-learn appeal has spawned a new breed of programmer, those who are only familiar with and only use PHP.
Sharpen your PHP skills with the fully revised and updated, PHP 5 Advanced for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickPro Guide! Filled with fifteen chapters of step-by-step content and written by best-selling author and PHP programmer, Larry Ullman, this guide teaches specific topics in direct, focused segments, shows how PHP is used in real-world applications, features popular and most-asked-about scripts, and details those technologies that will be more important in the future. You’ll learn about object-oriented programming, PHP interactions with a server, XML, RSS, Networking with PHP, image and PDF generation, and more.
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Review by Curtis Garrison:
I’ve been reading Larry’s books since back in the early days when php/mysql books were barely found. I have to credit Larry’s books with helping me just get started learning about php & mysql, and even helping me with most of what I learn today. I’ve purchased every new version of his books and pick up new things every time. It’s so easy to step along with the examples, to help provide a solid understanding, and to give a fresh reassurance of what I may have already known… plus I always learn new tricks and techniques. I guess that’s why I keep getting his books. This book especially helped me with a few tricks just at the right time, right when I needed help with them. I have over twenty-five php books and his are all in the top of my favorites and most referenced to.
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Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 10 Minutes
Are you one of those people who think there isn’t anything substantial that you can do in only 10 minutes? Think again. Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 10 Minutes is a no-fluff, just-the-answers guide to building dynamic websites using PHP. Broken into 10 minute lessons, you will gain a rapid working knowledge of PHP 5 and be able to immediately put that knowledge to use in practical applications. Who ever would have thought there was so much you could do in just 10 minutes!
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Review by Phillip Nunemacher:
I recently found a need to do a little PHP programming on a website. When I went looking for books what I found were any number of two to six hundred page texts. Then I found this little gem. It fitted my purposes perfectly as it explained the basics of PHP with examples for things I was trying to accomplish.
I will say that I that the treatment of classes was too brief and was the major reason that I didn’t give five stars. The important things is that it provided a basis for me to experiment with the examples, accomplish what I needed to do, and allowed me to gain enough knowledge in a few short evenings that I’ll be able to get another book on the subject without being totally lost from the first page. That is all I can ask from a cheap book.
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LAMP Programming, for Professionals – Covers MySQL 5.4 & PHP 6 (Book/CD-ROM/CentOS 5.4 DVD)
Designed for beginners, intermediate and professional developers, this book provides genuine domain knowledge to learn web based, application development, using Apache as the Web server, PHP as the programming language, MySQL as the data store, all mounted on the Linux OS. It delves deeply into the core of the MySQL and PHP providing a sound understanding of both. This book also demonstrates a step-by-step guide to developing a few Web applications [using PHP 6 & MySQL 5.4 under Apache 2.2] which re-enforces all the learning that takes place throughout the book. This book uses the learning by doing pattern with a lot of ready-to-use examples. This pattern has proven to be the best approach for learning a new technology. Most [if not all] of the concepts that you will find in this book are demonstrated using well described and easy to understand examples, yet sophisticated enough to demonstrate LAMP Programming in a real-world context. Additionally, a special chapter covering the virtual installation of Linux is included. This provides an opportunity to create a Virtual LAMP Framework on MS Windows. Includes CentOS 5.4 DVD.CD-ROM Contents Setup files for Apache Web Server 2.2.13, MySQL 5.4, PHP 6.0 [Development Snapshot], ICU 4.2.1, PHP 5.3 [Stable Release], phpMyAdmin 3.2.2. Video Footage covering LAMP Installation. Source code for the examples covered in this book.
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