PHP Bible, 2nd Edition
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Customer Rating: 5
Summary: Great book
Comment: I am a php programmer at UNL. I have been using this book for some time. PHP bible (2nd ed) is a great book for the beginners and intermediate programmers. And it also includes directions for the advanced users where to find code pieces, classes or programming techniques (like PEAR). The Language of this book is clear and concise. And the code samples works perfectly. If you are interested in PHP, this book is definitely worth checking out.
Customer Rating: 2
Summary: Not a good book for experienced programmers
Comment: I know that many people love this book, but I'm not one of them. I'm an experienced programmer and this book was not helpful to me. The way the book generalizes about programming concepts, databases and PHP itself makes me think that it is perhaps intended for beginners. Within the zillion pages that this book contains, I'm sure there is useful information. But the book rambles, it doesn't teach. Another book -- "PHP and MySQL Web Development" by Welling and Thomson -- takes an approach focused on real-world examples. That book works a lot better for me.
Customer Rating: 2
Summary: Know nothing about PHP? Stay away of this book...
Comment: At first sight, it looks a nice book and after you notice its hundreds of pages you may think "I've found THE book to start learning PHP". Nothing could be more wrong!! If you know nothing about PHP just stay away of this book. It's not well structured (you hardly find what you want by using the index), the author wastes paper with silly advices (not speaking about the first chapters which are really needless) and the examples all along the book don't work as an invitation to keep reading it... I bought it as a victim of a good marketing operation but now I sell it together with MySQL Bible on a good price to those who don't believe me.