Core PHP Programming (Anglais) Broché – 5 août 2003
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Descriptions du produit
Quatrième de couverture
Fully revised for PHP 5
—Andi Gutmans, PHP 5 contributor and Zend Engine 2 co-creatorThe authoritative guide to PHP 5!Master PHP 5, the easy, high-performance solution for enterprise-class Web development!
Core PHP Programming, Third Edition is the authoritative guide to the brand-new PHP 5. Top PHP developer Leon Atkinson and PHP 5 contributor/Zend Engine 2 co-creator Zeev Suraski cover every facet of real-world PHP development, from basic syntax to state-of-the-art design patterns.
It’s all here: networking, data structures, regular expressions, math, configuration, graphics, MySQL/PostgreSQL support, XML, algorithms, debugging, and much more. Discover how to build enterprise-class applications that use PHP 5’s breakthrough object-oriented features…and leverage the extraordinary Zend Engine 2 performance improvements this book’s co-author helped to implement.Every Core Series book:
- DEMONSTRATES how to write commercial-quality code
- FEATURES nontrivial programs and examples—no toy code!
- FOCUSES on the features and functions most important to real developers
- PROVIDES objective, unbiased coverage of cutting-edge technologies—no hype!
- Accurate, thorough coverage of PHP 5 syntax, functions, and algorithms
- Step-by-step guidance for PHP 5 database integration and XML development
- Best practices for software design, debugging, and integration
Biographie de l'auteur
LEON ATKINSON is a freelance Web developer and architect who has been working with PHP since 1997. He formerly served as chief technologist for Clear Ink in Walnut Creek, CA, where he specialized in designing and implementing complex, PHP-based Web applications that automate business processes. He is author of Core MySQL.
ZEEV SURASKI is co-creator of PHP 5’s Zend Engine 2. He also wrote many of PHP’s core features, including its abstracted Web server API, thread safety, MySQL support, and output buffering. He co-founded Zend Technologies and currently serves as its chief technology officer.
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I especially liked the last few chapters on good coding practices.
If I could have the author redo anything, it would be to expand on debugging, and to give a more detailed description of phpinfo(). Also, I really need an example of how to access HTTP_POST_VARIABLES when I'm using PHP3 for forms.
One major problem is the typo in all of the examples for mysql:
$mysql_link = mysql_connect(...);
and it should be:
$mysql_link = mysql_connect(...);
mysql_select_db is a function, not a variable.
1) It's a decent introduction to PHP, because it won't overwhelm the first-time web programmer, and pretty much assumes you don't know much of anything
2) Despite the amazingly disorgranized approach to the topic, certain sections are quite useful : regular expressions, various sorting methods, generating graphics on the fly, and basic approaches to integrating HTML & PHP are well covered.
3) Even though it's an apparent ploy to boost the page count of a book of somewhat shallow content depth, the fact that the type is larger than average with huge bold headlines for each function really helps if you're just flipping through looking for something specific.
4) The cover is actually attractive, unlike the usual monstrosity of a cover of Professional PHP Programming (why does WROX think we acutally want the faces of the authors staring up at you all the time ? ). OF course, Professional PHP Programming is far and away the best book on this topic if you have any programming experience.
I have been a programmer for over 6 years, but have never had the pleasure of doing anything with PHP before I started reading this book. I must say, I was totally impressed after I had finished reading Leon's book. The PHP language itself has grown tremendously over the past 8 years or so, and I can certainly see why it is so appealing to users of all levels. The author of the book, Core PHP Programming, does an amazing job explaining the nuance of PHP that any level READER can understand the topic and does whatever it is that he or she is after - which would be designing a dynamic web site in this case.
Leon starts the book with the paraphrase "...answer is that PHP is better" and goes on to explain why that is the case. His answers would compel any PHP user or potential users:
1) PHP is free
2) PHP runs on UNIX, Windows, and Mac OS X
3) PHP is modifiable
4) PHP was written for Web Page creation
5) Support for PHP is free and readily available
6) PHP is popular
7) Programming skills developed in other structured languages can be applied to PHP
By the end of page 11 (5 pages into chapter 1) the reader is hooked and wants to read on to find out what all Leon is talking about. All the key phrases are there: free, extendible, lots of supports, and ease of use.
By the end of Chapter 7 or page 160, you are ready to rock. By now, you know what PHP is all about and have learned its syntax, features, and have even looked (or hopefully written) some code.
Dynamic Function Calls ends chapter 4. This section CLEARLY shows to any programmer how powerful PHP really is and how easy it would be for anyone to utilize that power. Dynamic Function Call is very difficult to implement in Java (I don't know of any way to do in C++ actually - specially in one line of code). In one line of code PHP is able to accomplish this task. Very powerful stuff...
I was personally very impressed with the OO features of the language, which was depicted very well in chapter 6. I also need to say that Leon's introduction to Objects and Classes are very easy to understand for users new to the topic.
For the next few hundred pages, in Part II of the book - Functional Reference, various functions that PHP supports are shown and each one is explained in a great detail. Most of the functions have also been followed by an example that shows the usage each function just described. These chapters are very good reference even for the advanced users as PHP has grown so much that keeping track and memorizing of all the functions would be nearly impossible.
Leon ends the book with a section called Software Engineering. The two chapters that I liked in this section were the design and the design patterns chapters. Chapter 27, Design, is basic software engineering practices in a nutshell. Something that took me over two graduate level courses to cover, the author gives an overview in about 25 pages. I recommend this chapter to any novice programmer. The chapter on Design Patterns is simply put, great. 4 Design Patterns from the popular GoF book are described:
A reader can benefit the specific examples that are given in this chapter as they apply to Web site design and implementation. The examples given are reusable and would benefit any user of PHP.
Throughout the book the author does a very good job at showing the reader what the differences between PHP and other languages are. I think PHP would be a very good first language to learn b/c it has all the features of other popular scripting languages such as Perl and structural/OO languages such as Java and C/C++.
What a disappointment. This is an incomplete and disorganized self-congratulatory reference.
Authors, probably paid by the page, integrate useless data separated by numberous blank pages.
Just 2 examples:
- 7 pages of the result of the command "configure --help", without comments. Completely useless.
- 4 pages to talk one page of "PHP tags"! (you know the < ?php >)
The description of the PHP functions is botched up and incomplete. Listings (samples) are numberous, but unfortunately they are rarely relevant for complex functions. Moreover the function title itself is only headed in "bold" while listings titles are bordered and shaded - it makes the whole hard to read/search.
Regarding the documentation of functions, when they're off the beaten track, usually the authors get their "joker"... << A full discusion of xxx is beyond the scope of this book >> (e.g. see the shared memory). Being a system hacker, the book often gave me the impression that the author(s) don't master what they talk about.
Self-congratulation: if you contributed to the open-source PHP, first, congratulations! PHP is a wonderful language, easy to use, easy to debug, performing well ; his numberous authors around the world deserve a big "Congratulation!". However when it comes to program PHP, one need a serious book talking in details about what we need in our daily work, as programmers. In this book you'll find tons of self-congratulory references, naming lots of people, but not actual material to help your work as a programmer. Well, if this is your intention to know more about the history of PHP, or if you belong to the list of people, go for it, you will get your [free] refill of EGO if you need that.
So let's talk about the key to the book, its index:
Thus, if you are looking for ...
M.Adler, J.Ahto, C.Alexander, T.Arntzen, S.Bakken, H.Bergius, A.Black, M.Boeren, S.Caraveo, J.Clark, E.Dijkstra, D.Eriksson, J.Gaill, A.Gutmans, C.Hagenbuch, S.Hughes, A.Isaacs, A.Karajannis, K.Koehntopp, F.Kromann, M.Matsumoto, T.May, P.Melo, T.Nishimura, L.Philips, E.Raymond, M.Rodeh, S.Ruby, R.Schwartz, D.Stenberg, Z.Suraski, G.Thomson, A.Slooten, E.Warnke, J.Zitting, A.Zmievski...
... you are lucky! They're all in the book
However if you have to *work* with PHP, don't look for instance for these important keywords, they're *not* in this book index: global, Super..., header(), strpos(), lock()...
Actually, it was so irritating not to find what I was looking for that php.net became my reference...
Hard to believe that honest people, besides the ones that contributed to PHP itself, can give more than 2 stars to this book. I believe authors have many friends :)