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PHP Bible by Tim Converse, Joyce Park

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<pre>Author/s : Tim Converse, Joyce Park
Publisher : Wiley and Sons
Category : Other
Review by : Paul Stevens
Rating : 8 horseshoes
This is a comprehensive book on PHP. The authors include many tips and warnings in the use of PHP. This book can be used as a reference on the many topics covered. All of the examples are available to download. The authors go into just the right amount of detail in explaining not only what to do but why.
I started this book with no PHP knowledge at all and was impressed with how well the topics where covered. It is a large book 39 chapters and nearly 1000 pages. The layout is great. The highlighting of the code, tip and note sections really make for easier reading as well as the font size.
There is an issue I have with the book. In trying to sell PHP the authors use a faulty cost comparison chart. The chart tries to show that there is no cost for PHP for server or DB while JSP either has a large cost or a cost range. The comparison is JSP using Oracle and PHP using MySQL. This is misleading at best and detracted from my overall impression of the book. I would have rated the book higher without this.

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