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Spring Into PHP 5 (Spring Into... Series) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/4/12
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A fast-paced introduction to PHP 5 features concise discussions and short tutorials throughout to allow professionals to migrate to PHP 5 quickly, without extraneous coding, in both Windows and Linux environments. Original. (Advanced)
Steven Holzner has been writing about online programming since before the Internet became the Internet. He's worked extensively with PHP and many other online languages and is the author of 88 programming books. His books have included many bestsellers, have sold more than two million copies worldwide, and have been translated into 18 languages. He's also been a contributing editor for PC Magazine. His specialties include online programming topics such as PHP, Perl, JavaServer Pages, servlets, and others.
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oh, and speedy delivery. had it in time for classes
What I like:
- It's small enough (~330 pages compared to 600+ pages in many other books) that I don't feel completely overwhelmed. I'm confident that I can get through this entire book (I'm on page 80 in day 2) in just a few weeks and will have a solid understanding of PHP.
- It's example based. Every new section gives the theoretical format of the code followed by a clear example. This helps me learn.
- Sections are short. Each new concept is covered in only 1-2 pages. I really feel like I'm making progress quickly.
- It builds in small pieces. I previously went through beginning PHP tutorials at w3schools.com, which were fine, but often left me confused and frustrated since I have no programming background. So far this book has explained every new concept linearly and clearly.
- The price. At $30 retail, I was happy to buy this book over some thick $40+ PHP guides.
That's it! I finally feel like I'm about to get a grip on this seemingly abstruse language.
I've read the PHP 4 Bible which I would rate a 2. This book 'Spring Into PHP' is honestly the best PHP book I've purchased. My other recommendation is SitePoints PHP & MySQL book, though I would still choose this book for beginner to novice over any.
Still, this is a great book for beginners who have little or no experience with PHP. It is certainly a better introductory learning tool than those huge PHP manuals that can have up to 1000 pages, which is great for professionals to reference, but not for beginners to reference. For this reason, I believe "Spring into PHP" would be an effective text book for an introductory php class.
The author, Steven Holzner, is a prolific writer on technology, having penned 88 programming books as well as being a contributor to PC Magazine. His intent here is to make a technological topic like PHP scripting accessible, especially for novices who have little familiarity with web-related language other than HTML. He states an intent to produce "as good a book on PHP as can be". This is a good book but lacks depth and completeness and does not cover many practical uses of PHP. There is minimal discussion of security issues. There are other publications which would complement this book. The examples of PHP scripts are very simple and sometimes not practical.
The structure of the book is represented in nine chapters covering the basics of PHP for web designers. Each chapter is separately divided into "chunks" - bite-sized pieces of material - supported by examples and illustrated code snips. Each chunk is only about 1-2 pages long and is meant to be a self-contained "module", while building upon others in the book. Downloadable code examples are available at (...).
Holzner starts by briefly describing the why and how of PHP and quickly moves to installation issues. The following chapters cover the essentials of using PHP on a modest-sized website. The concepts of PHP are explained first - the terms, operations, syntax, components, and more.
Chapter 3 discusses strings and arrays. Chapter 4 covers functions. Chapter 5 and 6 show how to use PHP to control web pages, web forms and user interactivity. The usefulness of PHP for connecting to and using databases is noted.
Later chapters cover object-oriented programming, file handling, and working with databases. The final chapter skims a handful of useful aspects of PHP programming - using cookies and sessions, the ftp and mail features, and more.
Perhaps the most useful parts of the book are the two appendices. Appendix A is a listing of PHP's language elements. Appendix B is a comprehensive reference of PHP functions.
This is a rather light introduction to PHP, primarily for novices. There are useful tables of string and array functions and illustrations or examples on nearly every page. The illustrations and examples are produced in grayscale instead of full-color, but there is no need for full-color glossy production elements in a book of this type. The cost savings are reflected in the book's price - only $29.95 - less than others covering the same or similar material.