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Jul 08, 2000, 13:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Bischoff)

"Professional PHP Programming, ISBN 1-861002-96-3, available from Wrox Press, list price $49.99, has a bad title. It really does. Professional. Professional what? Professional PHP Programming? Huh? From this point on, I will refer to this book as A Formatted Version of the PHP Reference Manual! Truly, there is little information in this book that is not available in the standard PHP documentation besides some fancy formatting and page numbers (Oh, let's not forget about the author's mugs on the front cover!)."

"Chapters 1-3 are a real sleeper. They read like the README and INSTALL files that come with the PHP standard Unix distribution. The scope of these chapters goes far outside the realm of README and INSTALL, however. ... Chapters 4-11 contain the usual introduction to programming languages. ... The rest of the chapters are ho hum."

"Aside from being very disappointed by the title, this book does make a good reference manual. If you don't know PHP, read the first 13 chapters and save the rest for later. If you do, don't get the book until a new edition that thoroughly covers PHP4 is released."

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