Over the past decade, PHP has transformed itself from a set of simple tools for web site development to a full-fledged object-oriented programming (OOP) language. PHP now rivals mainstream languages like Java and C# for web application development, with more and more enterprises turning to it to power their web sites. The reasons for this are clear: PHP has found the right combination of an easy-to-learn language and powerful features.
In this book, you will learn how to make the most of your PHP programming, from a detailed understanding of OOP theory to frameworks and advanced system interoperability.
Who Should Read This Book
This is an advanced book. I have needed to choose carefully which information to include and what readers should be expected to know already. Readers should have a solid understanding of HTTP and PHP—that is, you should understand how to make web pages and build forms, and you should understand key concepts like the HTTP request cycle.
If this doesn’t sound like you, I recommend reading Beginning PHP and PostgreSQL 8 by Jason Gilmore and Robert Treat (Apress, 2006; 1-59059-547-3). It is an excellent introduction to PHP programming and a definite must-read for any would-be developer.
If you are comfortable at the intermediate to advanced level, then this book is for you.
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including who this book was written for, why it was written, the conventions employed
in this book and in the Sams Teach Yourself series, how the content is organized, and
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