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PHP Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition

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Average Customer Rating: 2.6

Customer Rating: 4
Summary: Good *reference*.. not a learning book.
Comment: PHP pocket reference is just that, a language reference. It lists all the functions with a short reminder of its purpose. It is an indispensable tool for any serious PHP coder, and an inexpensive one at that. It must not be mistaken for a comprehensive index of all commands and objects as that is not its intended purpose. For details, check for the full annotated manual. When you just need to look up command syntax or port that antique DBase code to SQL Server 7, you'll save loads of time with this handy accessory.

Customer Rating: 1
Summary: What a disappointment
Comment: Don't buy this book; you won't use it. The function explanations are rarely more than a sentence, and worst of all they are many times self-referential.

"string urlencode(string str) - URL-ecodes a string." The function name makes that clear, but what does that mean, if you don't already know? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of referring to a book for clarification?

"array pathinfo(string path) - Returns information about a certain string." Does that description clarify anything beyond the function name?

They should have trimmed out more functions and included more information about the most important ones. Sadly, this is also the book used in Dreamweaver MX 2004 for online help, which is frustrating.

Customer Rating: 2
Summary: Only useful if you don't have internet access
Comment: Everythig in this book can be found at