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Linux Journal: Core PHP Programming: Using PHP to Build Dynamic Web Sites [Book Review]

Jan 02, 2000, 15:41 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Allen Riddell)

"One language of note riding the Penguin's wake is a web scripting language called PHP that has gathered users at an impressive rate. PHP competes against a sea of languages used to generate "dynamic web pages"--pages that consist partly or wholly of code and are interpreted every time they are viewed. Rival languages include Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP), Allaire's Cold Fusion and even Perl. More established competition would be hard to find."

"PHP's popularity is further evidenced by sales of the book Core PHP Programming by Leon Atkinson, one of the few available books on the language. The book, having already sold out of its first printing, has placed consistently in the bestsellers at the on-line computer book retailers. And, according to Atkinson's web page, a second edition is being considered."

"With only one PHP book available, such popularity might be attributed to the subject rather than the quality of the book. In this case, PHP might as well be BASIC, for Atkinson's writing stands among the best in the expanse of computer books, bucking the trend of quantity over quality that plagues so many thousand-plus-page books. Atkinson's writing is uncommonly concise and comprehensive."

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