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Practical CakePHP Projects (Practical Projects)

If you’ve been using PHP for sometime now and would like to start using a web framework, you’ll want to try CakePHP, which is an open source rapid development web framework built on PHP.

PHP experts Kai Chan and John Omokore guide you through a variety of practical CakePHP applications. You will work on projects such as a video gallery, unit testing application, an e–commerce app, a blog site, and much more. Practical CakePHP Projects covers the key architectural concepts as well as including mini projects that you can use to enhance your own applications.

  • A friendly introduction for any web programmer looking to choose a PHP framework
  • Real–world projects based on current and future trends
  • Practical CakePHP techniques that you can use right away

What you’ll learn

  • Painlessly create a secure and dynamic web site with CakePHP and MySQL.
  • Discover how CakePHP can be used in high–level and demanding applications using CakePHP built–in components as well as methods such as Smarty, caching, and unit testing.
  • See how CakePHP integrates with technologies such as Ajax and web services.
  • Integrate your own components into CakePHP’s framework.
  • Apply CakePHP to mainstream technologies such as Google Video, blogging, mashups, and e–commerce.
  • Work through the few pitfalls of some of the CakePHP framework, for example, Access Control Lists.

Who is this book for?

Aimed primarily at CakePHP novices to professionals and PHP programmers seeking to build web applications easily using CakePHP and related web technologies, this book will also appeal to programmers using other frameworks in other languages, for example, Ruby on Rails and Java Spring.

About the Apress Practical Series

The Practical series from Apress is your best choice for getting the job done, period. From professional to expert, this series lets you apply project–motivated templates (or frameworks) step by step in a very direct, practical, and efficient manner toward current real–world projects that may be sitting on your desk. So whatever your career goal, Apress can be your trusted guide to take you where you want to go on your IT career empowerment path.

About the Author

Kai Chan started his programming career in 1992 after graduating from Cardiff University. In 1995, he wrote his first web site, which allowed clients in London and New York to view and discuss the same videos online. Since then, he has worked with many different web technologies. Nowadays, he focuses mainly on the many PHP frameworks available on the Web. Kai holds a computer science degree and a master’s degree in computer graphics. He currently works as an independent consultant. At present, he is improving his own framework, Azzian, and occasionally runs PHP and MySQL courses. Kai is getting married to his long–term partner, Rita, in August 2008, and has plans to get a pet dog after that.

John Omokore has been a web programmer, consultant, and trainer for more than a decade. He is based in London, England. His technical areas include Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, and related technologies and web site deployment. Over the last 8 years, he has worked on over 50 web sites and online applications. John holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mathematics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and is pursuing his master’s degree in software engineering at University of Oxford. He currently works as an independent consultant. John is married to a beautiful woman by the name of Christine, and has two daughters, Diana and Daniella.

Richard K. Miller graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Business Management, but has been interested in technology since he began computer programming at age 10. His experience includes web programming, Internet marketing, and new media strategies. He is the developer of several MediaWiki extensions and WordPress plugins, including the widely used What Would Seth Godin Do plugin.

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