Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours

Author: Matt Zandstra
Publisher: Sams, 2003
Pages: 576

ISBN:978-0672326196
Aimed at: Programmers wanting to use PHP
Rating: 4
Pros: Fast paced.
Cons: Only covers PHP 4.3
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot

 

PHP isn't a difficult language but if it is your first language you will need a little more time than the few hours that this course allocates to the basics.

Author: Matt Zandstra
Publisher: Sams, 2003
Pages: 576

ISBN:978-0672326196
Aimed at: Programmers wanting to use PHP
Rating: 4
Pros: Fast paced.
Cons: Only covers PHP

This is a "teach yourself in 24 hours" book that is a bit different. It ramps up remarkably fast. PHP isn't a difficult language but if it is your first language you will need a little more time than the few hours that this course allocates to the basics. It starts reasonably enough but there is a sudden jump in the level.

It covers all the usual topics – using MySQL, cookies, state management in general and more advanced topics such as objects, XML and LDAP. Of course you are going to need more than 24 hours to read the book, let alone master its contents.

One big disadvantage is that it only covers PHP 4.3 when most of us are now worrying about moving on to versions 5.0 or 6.0. Not a bad book but you need to know something about HTML and programming to get the best from it.

 

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Title: Sams Teach Yourself Php in 24 Hours

Author: Matt Zandstra

Publisher: Sams

Price: £17.99

Pages: 500

ISBN: 0672326191

Aimed at: Programmers wanting to use Php

Pros: Fast paced.

Cons: Only covers PHP 4.3

Reviewed by: Ian Elliot

Verdict: : -)

 

This is a “teach yourself in 24 hours” book that is a bit different. It ramps up remarkably fast. Php isn’t a difficult language but if it is your first language you will need a little more time than the few hours that this course allocates to the basics. It starts reasonably enough but there is a sudden jump in the level. It covers all the usual topics – using MySQL, cookies, state management in general and more advanced topics such as objects, XML and LDAP. Of course you are going to need more than 24 hours to read the book, let alone master its contents. One big disadvantage is that it only covers PHP 4.3 when most of us are now worrying about moving on to version 5.0. Not a bad book but you need to know something about HTML and programming to get the best from it.

 

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