PHP: The Good Parts

Reviewed by Major Keary

It is worth quoting from the book's foreword:

PHP is gaining adoption more rapidly now than ever before, and there are progressively more people who want to know what PHP is and to understand its popularity. With the continuous shift of individuals and enterprises towards deeper adoption of PHP, it is important for the world to have a quick read (and reference) to get the basics of the language before committing to deeper works, larger projects, or training.

Readers don't need to have any previous experience with PHP, but are expected to be familiar with programming—after all, the purpose of the book is to show programmers/developers what PHP can do.

Example code is used to illustrate the use of functions, arrays, strings, objects, database interaction, and security issues. A chapter, PHP and Friends, covers automatic generation of email/SMS, generating graphical reports, and generating PDF files.

In the space of 156 pages the author demonstrates what he calls the best of PHP. For a slim volume the depth of detail is remarkable. A great showcase of PHP's latest features.

Peter MacIntyre: PHP: The Good Parts
ISBN 978-0-596-80437-4
Published by O'Reilly, 156 pp., RRP AU$ 49.95

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