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Kae Verens' Blog:
Review Pro PHP - Patterns, Frameworks, Testing and More
July 01, 2008 @ 12:55:26

Kae Verens has posted another book review today covering APress' "Pro PHP: Patterns, Frameworks, Testing and More" (by Kevin McArthur).

This book is absolutely jam-packed with information useful to the medium-advanced PHP coder. SPL is described over a few chapters, and a quick intro to Zend's MVC framework is provided. Of particular interest to me were the final chapters, to do with certificate-based authentication, and a chapter near the beginning describing the upcoming features of PHP6. Great book - I really enjoyed it.

The review gets into detail on some of the chapters and some of the shortfalls that Kae saw about them. Things like:

  • The title says "frameworks" but only one is really discussed (Zend Framework)
  • The testing/continuous development sections weren't long enough
  • The "web 2.0" section was a little sparse
  • The only real web service protocol talked about is SOAP.

Overall, though Kae found the book to be worthy of a place on any developer's shelf.

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Jonathan Street's Blog:
Book Review "Pro PHP Patterns, Frameworks, Testing and More"
June 09, 2008 @ 11:19:28

Jonathan Street has posted a review of APress Publishing's "Pro PHP: Patterns, Frameworks, Testing and More" (by Kevin McArthur):

When the title talks about patterns, frameworks, testing and more it's not kidding. Kevin McArthur has managed to stuff a lot of information into the three hundred and some pages which make up this book. The inevitable trade-off is that no one section is a complete introduction to the subject it's covering. Despite this the book is filled with what I can only describe as, "Ah-hah!" and "Doh!" moments

While he found the book to be overall satisfying, there were a few things he'd like to change - not enough "enterprise-y" discussion for a book with "Pro" in the title, the "jack of all trades, master of none" feeling in the chapters and some issues with the Web 2.0 chapter that he feels only "partially relate to the core subject" of the book.

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Amir Saied's Blog:
Book review "Pro PHP Patterns, Frameworks, Testing and More" by Kevin McArthur
May 20, 2008 @ 09:35:46

Amir Saied has posted a book review of a new book from APress publishing "ProPHP: Patterns, Frameworks, Testing and More" (by Kevin McArthur.

As the title suggests this book is about advanced PHP related topics, being divided into 5 parts and 21 chapters. The title enunciates the book will cover many different aspects, but you'll get disappointed as soon as you perceive it's only about 300 pages.

He jumps right in to the contents of the book - chapters on patterns, testing, documentation, the SPL, etc. His overall impression of the book was a good one, though, despite it trying to cover such a wide range of topics in "only about 300 pages".

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