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.
Great book if you want to start quick
Just want to start quick and this book is for it.
Can't find one aspect that I don't like.
Great PHP training book
FINALLY A BOOK FOR ADVANCED PRO
ADVANCED PROGRAMMING means I want to jump into action immediatly and it's what this book does.
It teachs you new advanced ways to do things or, most important, new ways to do things you've done in the past and now you thing,,. I could I be so complicated when the right way was so obvious!? :-)
Another Great book by Larry Ullman - A must have
I probably have every book Larry Ullman has written and PHP 5 Advanced has been like a bible to me for the past year or so. It is absolutely FULL of useful information, ideas and tips. There is very little that you can't do with PHP if you completely grasp the contents of this book. If you have this book and `PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide` that makes a fantastic set.
It is so easy to follow and understand, very detailed and well indexed. The example content can be a building block to get you going in the right direction. I do not use any of the scripts directly from Larry's books, but they stimulate ideas and have given me a much better holistic understanding and direction for web based application architecture.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It's a triumph in the mastery of teaching advanced php, especially Object Oriented.
I learned object-oriented PHP with this book!
I got this book because I have two of Larry Ullman's other books: PHP 5 and MySQL 4.1 for Dynamic Websites and the updated PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Websites. It seemed natural for me to turn to this book to learn about advanced PHP topics, particularly since I wanted to learn about PHP object-oriented programming.
As with his other books that I own, Larry Ullman's explanation and examples are very simple and easy to understand, particularly when it came to learning about object-oriented programming. He starts you off with a basic understanding of object-oriented programming, and then advances you to advanced object-oriented programming, and then finishes it off with a real world example in creating a shopping cart for an e-commerce website. What's beautiful is that in the previous chapters, he had you create a shopping cart in the procedural programming style. Now you can compare and see the difference in procedural programming versus object-oriented programming on the same type of application you are building. I tried reading other books and websites on PHP object-oriented programming, but none of them clicked with me as they had complex examples and their explanations weren't clear. This book really nailed it for me and I am now writing and working with object-oriented PHP code.
On the back cover, it also mentions that there are bonus e-chapters about creating PDF's with PHP and images with PHP. Unfortunately I have yet to redeem the bonus chapters from their website so I cannot comment on them.
I highly recommend this book if you want to learn about PHP object-oriented programming and to keep as a reference. There are other interesting topics in this book that I also found useful, such as security (sanitizing data), database encryption with MySQL, basic AJAX, XML/PHP, modularizing a website, and working with multidimensional arrays.
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