"Web Application Development with PHP 4.0 is a book one can
actually read: it contains no undigestible slabs of reference
material or code (these are relegated to the accompanying CD).
Coverage of a wide range of largely independent topics also makes
it a great volume for browsing in. And as a system administrator
who does only a little bit of programming, in a variety of
languages, I appreciated its "broad overview" approach."
"The opening chapter of Web Application Development is a very
brief look at some general programming issues - code formatting,
documentation, APIs - that are all too rarely mentioned in
programming language books. The second chapter covers PHP "advanced
syntax": lists and arrays, object-oriented programming, and a bit
on polymorphism and self-modifying code. (I finally got a handle on
PHP's slightly odd handling of lists from this.) And chapter three
presents a development example, coding an IRC interface in
"Chapters four through seven cover a large selection of topics:
sessions and session-handling, security, usability, validating form
data, CVS, COM and Java interfaces, database integration,
authentication, templates, XML, and WDDX. Much of this is not at
all PHP-specific. Of the thirty-two pages on XML, for example, the
first twelve are a general introduction that is not at all
language-specific (the remainder describe how to use the Expat and
LibXML parsers built into PHP, with examples). And the material on
CVS presents some PHP scripts for automating notifications, but is
otherwise completely generic."
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