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PHP 5 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Babin Good, Kromann Stephens

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<pre>Author/s : Babin Good, Kromann Stephens
Publisher : Apress
Category : Other
Review by : Michael Ernest
Rating : 8 horseshoes
Man do I like the 'problem-solution' approach. When I can go directly to a question I have and find some sample code, I'm a pretty happy reader. The only way a book fails for me is when it doesn't cover my question. And when a book doesn't, typically it's because my questions are beginner or general types.

So I went at this book with a load of questions I dreamt up first that were all basic or standard to me: dealing with dates, strings, file uploading, regular expressions, and -- much as I hate to admit it -- XML crap. In each case I found a useful something in this book, simply presented and simply explained.

Maybe because I recently reviewed a TCP/IP reference and a comprehensive guide on lightweight J2EE persistence, I'm all happy for something easy to read and apply. I used some of these scripts and saw the results on my own web server immediately. That was fun.

A serious web developer will possibly find this guide trivial. Don't come to it with stuff no one else seems to have figured out. If you want some quick and not-so-dirty PHP sutff, though, this book is perfect.

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