Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours
EPUB EBook by Matt Zandstra
EBook DescriptionI took the book in order to be introduced to PHP. Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours EPUB EBook It served its purpose, but there are many little things that could improve.
The title of the book suggests that you can use it to learn PHP in 24 hours. The book is made out of 24 chapters. I think that naming every chapter "hour X" doesn't make every chapter last one hour. Perhaps I made the wrong approach typing all the code to see if it worked. If I didn't, I would have finished it before, perhaps... Anyway, in the last chapters of the book I spent a lot longer than an hour.
The book is full of references to links which point to websites (supposedly belonging to the author) that don't work (corrosive.co.uk or something like that). I can access the index page in it, but that's all. So, all the support code that I could supposedly download there... well, it isn't.
There is little information in the installation chapter. There is a simple way to install things in Ubuntu (sudo apt- EPUBget install whateveryouwanttoinstallwouldbehere). Since there are many extensions that the books covers, it shows you the complex way instead (run the configure file, compile the source code and install). I have nothing against it, but I ran through many troubles and even in the famous stackoverflow no one was able to help me. Well, this is not the book's fault, of course, but I think it would be interesting for it to cover the gaps in the official documentation.
I liked a lot the parts in which the author teaches security issues in certain practices, specially, when those are addressed from the point of view of the "bad guy" (for example, tricking a script using hidden fields in forms).
In conclusion, it helped me to begin with PHP, but I don't think I will read this book again and I would recommend other books to those interested in getting started with PHP. Like this book? Read online this: Hi Hi Puffy Amiyumi Chapter Book, Sams Teach Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours.
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