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Book Review - Smarty PHP Template Programming and Applications
June 20, 2006 @ 06:41:14

Manuel Lemos has posted a new book review of one of the latest offerings from Packt Publishing, "Smarty PHP Template Programming and Applications".

PHP template engines have always been an hot topic. I guess it is accurate to say there are hundreds of PHP classes and scripts that implement template engines. Smarty is by far the most popular PHP template engine. I suppose it is fair to say that the history of PHP template engine can be split in "before Smarty" and "after Smarty".

This book was written having in mind two types of audience: the Web page designers and the Web application programmers. After a couple of introductory chapters, there are several chapters written for Web page designers followed by several chapters more for Web application programmers.

He goes on to describe the structure of the book, how it compares Smarty to other templating systems, an introduction to using Smarty, and a few chapters diving more into the topic in depth. Overall, his comments are positive, and he definitely recommends the book to anyone looking to get into this popular templating system.

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