2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 23, 2008 8:17 AM by Newsgroup_User

    PHP book recommendations

    jsteinmann Level 1
      I'm looking for some PHP books that focus on the more complex custom scripting, and maybe even cookbooks.

      I have "the missing manual for dwcs3". great book, but for virtual beginners
      I have david powers latest book... really great book.

      look for more brain food.


        • 1. Re: PHP book recommendations
          Level 7
          jsteinmann wrote:
          > I'm looking for some PHP books that focus on the more complex custom scripting,
          > and maybe even cookbooks.

          > I have david powers latest book... really great book.

          Thanks for the compliment.

          I hate to say it, but I have yet to find a really good intermediate PHP
          book. There are two cookbooks that I'm aware of: "PHP 5 Recipes" from
          Apress, and "PHP Cookbook" from O'Reilly. Both contain reliable,
          well-written code, but I can't say that I pick them up very often.

          The problem with most other intermediate/advanced books is that they
          either tend to assume too much or are riddled with coding errors. I
          recently got a copy of "Pro PHP: Patterns, Frameworks, Testing and More"
          by Kevin McArthur. He's clearly very knowledgeable, and there's some
          excellent stuff in there, if you dig around. But anyone attempting to
          jump into it from one of my books would be totally lost.

          A book that I'm waiting to get time to read is "Practical Web 2.0
          Applications with PHP" by Quentin Zervaas. I've had it sitting on my
          shelf for a couple of months. It looks excellent, but it's the sort of
          book that you need to sit down and work through. It's not one that you
          can just dip into from time to time.

          If you're interested in XML, "Pro PHP XML and Web Services" by Robert
          Richards is very good, but it's massive, and you might find the theory
          section at the start a bit too comprehensive.

          <shameless plug>Of course, the really good intermediate book hasn't been
          published yet. I'm currently working on the penultimate chapter of "PHP
          Object-Oriented Solutions". It's due out on August 21.</shameless plug>

          --
          David Powers, Adobe Community Expert
          Author, "The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS3" (friends of ED)
          Author, "PHP Solutions" (friends of ED)
          http://foundationphp.com/
          • 2. Re: PHP book recommendations
            Level 7
            > <shameless plug>Of course, the really good intermediate book hasn't been
            > published yet. I'm currently working on the penultimate chapter of "PHP
            > Object-Oriented Solutions". It's due out on August 21.</shameless plug>

            AHA - timely and desirable. I'll go for that one! 8)


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            "David Powers" <david@example.com> wrote in message
            news:fune4m$b47$1@forums.macromedia.com...
            > jsteinmann wrote:
            >> I'm looking for some PHP books that focus on the more complex custom
            >> scripting, and maybe even cookbooks.
            >
            >> I have david powers latest book... really great book.
            >
            > Thanks for the compliment.
            >
            > I hate to say it, but I have yet to find a really good intermediate PHP
            > book. There are two cookbooks that I'm aware of: "PHP 5 Recipes" from
            > Apress, and "PHP Cookbook" from O'Reilly. Both contain reliable,
            > well-written code, but I can't say that I pick them up very often.
            >
            > The problem with most other intermediate/advanced books is that they
            > either tend to assume too much or are riddled with coding errors. I
            > recently got a copy of "Pro PHP: Patterns, Frameworks, Testing and More"
            > by Kevin McArthur. He's clearly very knowledgeable, and there's some
            > excellent stuff in there, if you dig around. But anyone attempting to jump
            > into it from one of my books would be totally lost.
            >
            > A book that I'm waiting to get time to read is "Practical Web 2.0
            > Applications with PHP" by Quentin Zervaas. I've had it sitting on my shelf
            > for a couple of months. It looks excellent, but it's the sort of book that
            > you need to sit down and work through. It's not one that you can just dip
            > into from time to time.
            >
            > If you're interested in XML, "Pro PHP XML and Web Services" by Robert
            > Richards is very good, but it's massive, and you might find the theory
            > section at the start a bit too comprehensive.
            >
            > <shameless plug>Of course, the really good intermediate book hasn't been
            > published yet. I'm currently working on the penultimate chapter of "PHP
            > Object-Oriented Solutions". It's due out on August 21.</shameless plug>
            >
            > --
            > David Powers, Adobe Community Expert
            > Author, "The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS3" (friends of ED)
            > Author, "PHP Solutions" (friends of ED)
            > http://foundationphp.com/