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Slashdot: Book Review: PHP Developer's Cookbook

Mar 22, 2001, 21:36 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Any book that calls itself a cookbook should meet a few basic requirements. In the kitchen, a cookbook provides people (who aren't gourmet chefs) with detailed instructions on how to make specific dishes. At the same time the cookbook can't assume you're an idiot. You have to know how to use a knife, pans, etc. in a basic way so that the explanations of new ways to use the tools will make sense."

"This book uses that exact approach. Many of the entries would seem obvious to a seasoned programmer who is switching over to PHP from some other procedural language. At the same time, it assumes you have a functioning PHP environment and that you have a grasp of the basics of the language. Each entry solves a specific programming problem in one or more ways. When more than one way is presented, the authors also provide reasons a programmer might choose one over the other. This problem-solving orientation helps out programmers who know what they need to do, but don't know what functions to look up in the official manual."

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