Item description for PHP Essentials, 2nd Edition by Julie Meloni...
Write dynamically generated pages with ease using PHP! Dive into the new edition of this popular guide to PHP. With a true focus on the essentials, this book gives you the solid foundation in PHP programming you're looking for. And you don't have to be a computer scientist or programmer to learn from it! The simple, learn-by-example format of "PHP Essentials" will allow you to quickly use the power of PHP to develop successful, dynamic Web sites.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Mar 28, 2003
Publisher Course Technology PTR
ISBN 1931841349 ISBN13 9781931841344 UPC 082039541341
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More About Julie Meloni
Julie Meloni is the technical director for i2i Interactive, a multimedia company located in Campbell, CA. She has been developing Web-based applications since the early days of the Web, and is the author of several books and articles on web-based programming languages and database topics, including Sams Teach Yourself MySQL in 24 Hours, Blogging in a Snap and Plone Content Management.
Reviews - What do customers think about PHP Essentials, 2nd Edition?
A pretty awful book Feb 11, 2008
Before I go on a tirade about this book, I would just like to say that it does have a good layout and organizational structure, as well as a nice appendix of built in PHP functions. I would also like to mention that I am a professional Computer Engineer. I bought this book to quickly learn php syntax/semantics so I could make a simple DB front end.
Other than that,
1.) The book is rife with syntax errors and typos. Much of the example PHP code won't even come close to compiling in PHP 5.
I spent about 3 hours trying to figure out why a few simple lines of PHP code directly from the book wouldn't work. Since I had not been introduced to PHP previously (hence buying the introduction book) I was not able to recognize the errors in the text. The examples were apparently made for a previous version of PHP. It wasn't after googling around for a while I found out the error was in the book.
2.) The author had no idea who she was writing the book for.
The author states at the beginning of the book that it was not written for programmers (to my dismay), but for someone who could "take (the book) off the shelf, skim though, and say, Hey, this PHP thing looks like a neat language, and ever-so-easy to learn!"
First of all, if you aren't a programmer, you don't learn programming languages. If you know a programming language and use it, guess what, you're a programmer.
Secondly, the author wants to assume to reader isn't a computer scientist or programmer, but that they know how to properly set up a linux system with an Apache Webserver and SQL/PHP support. Anyone who is a novice user would probably spend days getting this to work correctly to begin with.
Thirdly, nobody picks up a programming language book and randomly decides it's a "neat language" that is "ever-so-easy to learn". People decide what they want to learn first and then find a book on it. So writing an entire book on that basis is pretty flaky in my opinion.
Another problem with this book I could see was that the examples were introducing unexplained elements. I.e. using language elements that were not previously described. I understood much of it, but for a true novice this could be extremely confusing.
In summary, the book tries to compromise between technical value and accessibility to a beginner, but ultimately just ends up with a poorly crafted piece of literature. My recommendation would be either to buy a different book, or save your money and use one of the many free PHP guides available on the internet.
great book Nov 4, 2007
This is a great book for people new to php. It gives you good examples and very detailed explanation to the code. I will strongly recommended if you are new to PHP. great buy!
Immediate response Mar 3, 2006
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The "Ooohhhhhh, now I get it" book May 12, 2005
If you just want a clear-cut intro to PHP, this is the book to get. Meloni takes the basic concepts, and shows you how to use them to create a shopping cart (so you learn database interaction, how to send an email, and basic syntax). Perfect for newbies.
Good, but as it says, Essentials only Apr 13, 2005
This book is well written, but I was expecting more contents.