PHP in Action

Dagfinn Reiersøl with Marcus Baker and Chris Shiflett

June 2007 | 552 pages | B&W
ISBN: 9781932394757

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To keep programming productive and enjoyable, state-of-the-art practices and principles are essential. Object-oriented programming and design help manage complexity by keeping components cleanly separated. Unit testing helps prevent endless, exhausting debugging sessions. Refactoring keeps code supple and readable. PHP offers all this, and more.

PHP in Action shows you how to apply PHP techniques and principles to all the most common challenges of web programming, including:

This book takes on the most important challenges of web programming in PHP 5 using state-of-the art programming and software design techniques including unit testing, refactoring and design patterns. It provides the essential skills you need for developing or maintaining complex to moderately complex PHP web applications.



"This book is simply indispensible to developers wishing to advance [in PHP]."
Gabriel Malkas, translated from

"If there was ever a textbook for software development in PHP, this would be it."
—Cal Evans, Podcast Review, Zend Developer Network

"PHP in Action is a competent, engaging, and detailed discussion of object-oriented and agile programming principles that can help PHP developers boost their effectiveness and the quality of their code."
—Michael J. Ross, Web developer,

About the Authors

Dagfinn Reiersøl has been designing and developing web applications, web content mining software, web programming tools, and text analysis programs, mostly in PHP, since 1997. He also has a long history as a technical writer of software manuals. He lives in Oslo, Norway.

Marcus Baker has been a software consultant for many years specializing in OO design and development as well as web application development and testing. He is also a columnist for PHP Architecture Magazine and lives in London, England.

Chris Shiflett is a PHP consultant and security expert as well as a leader in the PHP community. He is the founder of the PHP Security Consortium and the author of the HTTP DeveloperĀ¹s Handbook and Essential PHP Security. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.