"Whether you need this book for a reference or for a
comprehensive tutorial on PHP, this book will do the job. This book
is obviously not for you if you just need a quick understanding of
PHP, or if you've never programmed before. If this is the
case, you may find that there is too much detail included in this
book. The chapters are very well defined, however, so you may
choose to read just the chapters that you need. You should
definitely have programming experience before starting this book;
the book is truly geared to make its reader a professional PHP
"I felt that the most interesting part of the book was the four
case studies... Because they concentrated on real-life applications
(a shopping cart application, discussion software, an email
application, and a database browser), they were extremely useful
"Although the book is extremely long, Professional PHP
Programming is crammed with material and examples to ensure that
you understand the material. I feel that this book would be most
suited for people who already have a working knowledge of PHP, but
want to take that knowledge to a new level. If you're considering
this book, you will get a lot out of it if you have some experience
with PHP, or at least another programming language, first.
Professional PHP Programming is a very easy read, and I'd
definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to increase their level
of proficiency in PHP."
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