PHP Book Reviews
Professional PHP4 XML

Publisher: Peer Information

Author(s): Luis Argerich, Chris Lea, Ken Egervari, Matt Anton, Chris Hubbard, James Fuller, Charlie Killian

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Sales: 543549     Average Rating: 5.0

Rating: 2
Frustrating...
The problem with this book is that one example relies on examples from another chapter. Therefore, you have to pretty much read the entire 900 pages to get an example in the latter chapters to operate properly.

An additional problem is the reference to downloading classes on websites that no longer exist.

If you already know XML parsing, then this book is fine, but then I guess you wouldn't need the book.


Rating: 4
Good Book...
Wrox Press seem to have become masters at putting together volumes from a large number of authors. This 600-page volume is another example. This way of working does have some drawbacks, there is a little repetition of some basic stuff throughout the book, but not enough to truly detract from it.

The book, after some expository material, details 11 projects of increasing complexity. They use PHP, MySQL, PEAR::DB, Smarty and PHPLib. The target audience, according to the book jacket, are programmers who already have a good knowledge of PHP, SQL Databases and XML. Frankly, I think they overdo the amount of experience you need to use and benefit from this book. If you are on top of all those topics well enough to consider yourself ��professional�� then this book may be too simple. If, on the other hand, you are, like me, conversant with PHP and SQL but would like to take yourself up to ��professional�� use of technologies like XML, templating and WAP enabling then this book will be good


Rating: 5
excellent guide to using xml with php
I echo the praise already given in detail by the other reviewers here. This book gives an excellent detailed account of XML technology as well as the application of XML in combination with PHP. I was completely new to XML and found the text easy to follow and the concepts were easily applied by examining the example code. Please note that this is NOT a book for those new to PHP, it is for an experienced PHP programmer (in my opinion). It does give an overview of many aspects of PHP, but if you are brand new to PHP, I would recommend starting with a Beginning PHP text. Beginning PHP4 by Wrox is an excellent place to start. There are several others. If you're familiar with PHP, though, and looking to expand your skills or your project to include XML, this text is the place to look.

PHP Functions Essential Reference (Essential Reference)

Publisher: Sams

Author(s): Zak Greant, Graeme Merrall, Torben Wilson, Brett Michlitsch

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Sales: 375921     Average Rating: 5.0

Rating: 4
Good book but promised web site is near impossible to find
4 stars because of the horrible (non-existent) support of the promised online version.

I have scoured the Web and have found these two sites that still have the online version ("http://fooassociates.com/phpfer/" says the server is down!). It was a LOT of work to find these, and I'm working on downloading the whole thing to put in a ZIP file and host, some time in the future, but in the mean time I thought I'd save everyone a LOT of work! Here you go:

http://web.archive.org/web/20040227150743/http://fooassociates.com/phpfer/
http://www.phpdig.net/ref/
Rating: 5
A must have PHP reference
This is without a doubt, a brilliant PHP reference book.

The PHP functions are grouped in chapters based on their relevance. E.G. String functions are in one chapter, Session functions are in another etc. So even if you don't know the name of the function you're looking for, you'll most likely find what you need in the relevant section.

The book is very well laid out, there are nice descriptions (not too long and not too short) of the function and its use. There is example code showing how to use the function and the functions have a 'related functions' part as well which in my case encourages further reading and thus expanding your knowledge of all things PHP.

Unfortunately though I've found that not all functions are covered in this book. I agree you can't cover them all, but surely a string length function would be covered? Don't let that discourage you though because I've only found a couple of functions that I've needed that weren't covered in this book. Apart from that, I wholeheartly recommend getting a copy. One of the best reference books I've ever purchased.

Rating: 5
corrected URL for online book
Reviewer Kevin Carlson noted that the book was not available online at the web address that it mentions. It turns out that there is an errata at www.sams.com giving the correct URL: http://fooassociates.com/phpfer/

Core Web Application Development with PHP and MySQL (Core)

Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR

Author(s): Marc Wandschneider

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Sales: 29131     Average Rating: 5.0

Rating: 5
Delicious, bite-sized chunks of PHP goodness
All computer books should be written like this.

This is a very conscise, well written book that leaves no stone unturned on the subject matter and is presented in short, complete chapters that allow you quickly build up useable modules of knowledge on PHP & MySQL while building up to a complete understanding by the end.

This is a great place to start on PHP & MySQL and will serve as a great ongoing reference for a long time to come.
Rating: 5
Great for learning
I didn't know anything about PHP or mySQL but using the book I've managed to build myself a decent web application. Great to learn and walks through a lot!
Rating: 5
a very interesting and well written book
This book was a true revelation to me. I've read a couple introduction books in php and tried some more advanced books. But they all stuck to small examples and none of them explained how to code a real life working web application from scratch. This book does, in such way you get totally hooked and can't stop reading.

I truly recommend this book to everybody who wants to develop a robust and working web application.

Foundation PHP for Dreamweaver 8

Publisher: friends of ED

Author(s): David Powers

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Sales: 13366     Average Rating: 5.0

Rating: 5
One of the best books for Dreamweaver and PHP
Actually, I am convinced it may be the best by far, but I might have missed one or two. Anyway, David Powers shows excellent ability to convey his vast experience in a concisive and easy to understand matter.

Typically authors get lost in the somewhat confusing options to install and debugg PHP and MySQL to make it work with Dreamweaver, but David manages to stay clear of those problems and walks the reader through the process with "ease". While in the process you get to learn many related tidbits that show differences with different versions of DW or even between Mac and PC.

This book also vastly improved over the previous publication for DW MX and PHP -- which David worked on with a group of developers. It appears that going on his own helped clarity and overall information flow a great deal. Even the previoulsy confusing and sometimes unprofessional layout of the first book got improved. Basically all my issues with the first book got resolved.

The price is good and given the above-average educational it's almost a steal. Fortunately it's written well enough for beginners and intermediate alike. Even professional might find some good information in this book though they're clearly not the target audience. I am not too fond about the front cover, as it doesn't convey the topic for me, but that personal preference and really my only negative point.

- Thomas
Rating: 5
Foundation PHP for Dreamweaver 8
I found the book highly helpfull. I am at the point of takeing the full plunge into PHP & MySQL. It is quite helpfull to have a point from which to branch out. Most of my databse efferts (fully 80%) will be consumed with maintaining tables behind the scenes. I needed a way to get going quickly and appearance was much less important than function. I found the book well layed out and an easy read. Then when at the computer I found the book also an easy tutorial that I could instantly convert to my job at hand. I got several good hints pointing me to how functions can be done quick & dirty. The code Dreamweaver automatically creates gave me plenty of good examples. The book even showed me how to create my own server behaviours and modify the existing ones to fit my needs. I have even created some simple ones already.
Rating: 5
Excellent book
Being a person who didn't know the first thing about PHP and MySQL, I found this book extremely good. His description about how to setup PHP, Apache and MySQL on the PC so I could run these locally was terrific. His writing style is also very easy to follow and I progressed thru the material with ease.

At first I was going to rate this 4 stars because I felt he put too much emphasis on CSS and HTML programming issues in the first several chapters that was needed to just get the example web site up and running. I guess I would have prefered he stuck to the material at hand, namely PHP, and left this material for another book. However, even though I thought of these as negatives, the information was well described and I learned a lot from these early chapters, even though it had nothing to do with PHP. As this material was presented so well I decided to give a 5 star rating.

The fact too that you can go to his web site and get updated information concerning the book was invaluable. Case in point was regarding the installation of the phpMyAdmin program. The book's description at one point was way off base, but this is because the latest version of phpMyAdmin had changed since the book came out. Going to the author's web site quickly resolved the problem as he apparently keeps it very up to date.

Overall I would highly recommend this book.

The PHP Anthology, Volume II: Applications

Publisher: SitePoint Pty Ltd

Author(s): Harry Fuecks

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Sales: 41996     Average Rating: 5.0

Rating: 4
Good, but not a great resource for php5
I recently bought both volumes and am currently reading them. They both provide very good examples in an easy to read and understand format. I am a little disappointed in the coverage of php5, however. The cover proudly displays a "PHP 5 Ready" label, but it seems like this constitutes just a couple paragraphs added here and there to the old version. Also there is much talk about MySQL, but again it's not version 5.

Overall it is a very good resource aimed at the beginning or next level programmer, but probably best to wait for the next addition truly devoted to php5. In the meantime I would recommend "PHP and MySQL Web Development" by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson.

I would also recommend checking out Harry Fuecks' (the author of this book) articles on sitepoint.com. Very good.
Rating: 5
Great book - great job
There were so many details in this book that I attempted to find on-line, but had no luck. This book is worth ten times its price. Great job! Thanks.
Rating: 5
Can PHP be a language for pofessional developers? Yes!
This is a great book!
I bought about 10 PHP books to help me with a web project involving MySQL/PHP. I am a professional Java developer, therefore the principles of PHP are not hard to grasp. Still, everything is different in PHP, and before I saw this book I had the impression that the majority of PHP developers are hacking, cutting and pasting examples into procedural code at random.

After getting started using "PHP and MySQL Web Develpment" by Luke Wellling and Laura Thompson (highly recommended) this book brought me to a level that I can now clain to be a professional PHP programmer too.

This book clearly shows that it is possible to develop PHP in an organized way, using proper design, good object-oriented principles and design patterns (in vol.II). Besides that, there are many practical tips about things I found really difficult as Java programmer: magical quotes, .ini file settings, & references, file downloads, paging result tables, etc. etc. The book is clearly written and answers every question from the standpoint of how to do something using good design and how to write code that is maintainable, extensible and reusable.



PHP Essentials, 2nd Edition

Publisher: Course Technology PTR

Author(s): Julie C. Meloni

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Sales: 340776     Average Rating: 5.0

Rating: 5
Immediate response
Thanks amazon for providing good book in fast and secure manner i appreciate it
Rating: 5
The "Ooohhhhhh, now I get it" book
If you just want a clear-cut intro to PHP, this is the book to get. Meloni takes the basic concepts, and shows you how to use them to create a shopping cart (so you learn database interaction, how to send an email, and basic syntax). Perfect for newbies.
Rating: 5
Good, but as it says, Essentials only
This book is well written, but I was expecting more contents.

PHP Phrasebook (Developer's Library)

Publisher: Sams

Author(s): Christian Wenz

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Sales: 29818     Average Rating: 5.0

Rating: 5
Pocket-sized Book is a Big Help
If you are trying to find the right PHP code for a project you're working on, you could thumb through all those books you have stacked on the bookcase behind you. But, I can tell you from personal experience that the answer will always be in the last book you look in. It never fails. Well, this little pocket-sized book is just what I needed and maybe you will too.

The author, Christian Wenz, has collected l00+ code snippets (PHP 4 and 5) and compiled them into this handy book. He not only gives you the most commonly used code but also some you may not have considered using before. He explains the code samples significantly so that you can customize the code to your specific needs. He has tested these snippets on various servers, so there shouldn't be any surprises when you use the code in real world situations.

I think this book is good as a handy Q & A reference, but you might want to read it in your spare moments. Wenz has given you some very good general information as well as discussed some of the common problems and pitfalls when writing web applications in PHP. The book is sectioned into logical categories for quick reference.

Manipulating Strings
Working with Arrays
Date and Time
Working with Web Forms
Cookies and Sessions
File Systems and Databases
Dynamic Data
XML
Remote Servers

Christian Wenz has worked in many areas of PHP programming and has written code for the PEAR repository. He also has written for several IT magazines and books.
Rating: 5
A PHP Developers Right Hand
This is quite possible the best book I have purchased so far, and I buy a new book every couple of months. I usually to use the Pocket References from O'Rielly but this new Phrasebook series looks like a great replacement. Full of short blocks of code that are easily adaptable to what ever your doing.
Rating: 5
Concise and relevant at the very same time
With this book Christian Wenz and SAMS are trying to launch a new concept, sort of a condensed "programming cookbook" that can be used as a portable quick reference as well. The author brilliantly manages to keep a balance, being concise and relevant at the very same time. The code samples are well written and up to date with PHP 5; plenty of notes and tips provide valuable words of wisdom. The topic lends itself very well to this format, since PHP has hundreds of functions and many details that are often hard to remember. I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to see more titles published along the same series.

Pro PHP Security (Pro)

Publisher: Apress

Author(s): Chris Snyder, Michael Southwell

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Sales: 97002     Average Rating: 5.0

Rating: 4
Unless you're already well-versed in the topic ...
Unless you're already very well-versed in the subject matter, ( sql injection, cross-site scripting, session hijacking, remote execution, sanitizing user data/input, ssh, encryption, ssl, dangers of shared-host scenarios, bulletproofing db installations, user verification, captchas, remote procedure calls ) this material is relatively comprehensive and valuable. Well-organized, well thought out, I won't hesitate to recommend this one.
Rating: 5
Finally a good book on PHP security issues
PHP applications written without a concern for security risk cross-site scripting, SQL injection, session hijacking, and a multitude of other potential problems. This book examines how to setup a secure environment including encryption, hashing, SSL and using PHP to connect to SSL servers. The authors also examine how to install and configure OpenSSH and using it with PHP applications. Of course they also deal with the usual concerns of user authentication, permissions, restrictions, validating input, preventing SQL injection, preventing cross-site scripting, preventing remote execution (including PHP code injection and embedding), security for temporary files, and preventing session hijacking. The Pro PHP Security is written specifically for PHP programmers working in the Apache, MySQL, and PHP 5 environment and is highly recommended
Rating: 5
Good information with lots of links to addtional resources
This book is great because it's thorough and on each topic it gives lots of links to additional resources. It's easy to read and it's organized well so you can find what you're looking for.

One of the main things I appreciate about this book is that it gives just the right amount of information. It focuses on practical usage of security techniques but I also like to know the high-level picture of how and why things got to be the way they are. This book tells me exactly what I want to know. A good example is the the section on hashing and encryption. It gives some simplified examples of how the algorithms work and talks about where they came from, which ones are better and why, and how to use them. But it doesn't dive too deeply into encryption theory which would only be interesting to someone wanting to code an encryption routine.

Some of the interesting things I learned from this book are:

1) I learned about the various hashing and encryption algorithms. Which ones are good and just how good are they. Before reading this book I couldn't have told you which is better between md5 and sha1.

2) I learned all about protecting against cross-site scripting and sql injection. I thought I had already taken enough precautions on my latest website, MarsBookmark.com, but this section pointed out some attacks I wasn't aware of. It also had links to sites with sample hack attacks you can run against your own website to see if it's vulnerable.

3) I learned how to do captcha screening to make sure people registering for my site are real humans and not robots (I haven't actually implemented this yet but I will soon). The book also pointed out something I never thought of - a hacker with a popular site can proxy registrations from your site to real people trying to register on his site and defeat your captcha by tricking people who think they are answering a captcha for his site. As usual, the author provides lots of links to other sites for more resources on captcha.

I've never before focused on security as much as I should have. Probably because all the information was not readily available in a single easy-to-digest book until this one. I'm really glad I found this book.

Beginning PHP4 Databases

Publisher: Wrox Press

Author(s): Andrew Hill, Chris Lea, Christopher Scollo, Deepak Thomas, Harish Rawat

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Sales: 27979     Average Rating: 5.0

Rating: 5
It really helped!!
Do not wish to use too many words. I can just say that this book was of great help to me. Though dabbling with PHP, I learnt a lot from the book, since it has dealt with lot of basic knowledge of databases. Was just the right one for a student like me who had very little knowledge of the databases. Kudos to the authors!!
Rating: 5
Great book for newbies!!
I just got a copy of this book last week, and this was exactly the content that i was in search of - Getting upto speed with PHP and databases, to build robust database driven web applications.
Infact, this book manages to provide solutions to the large number of problems that newbie PHP programmers post on sites like phpbeginners.com,php.net and phpbuilder.
The approach to presenting a database agnostic solution, through the use of the most recommended PEAR::DB abstraction layer (i even found documentation about PEAR::DB, that i had spent ages figuring out for myself) sets this book in a class of its own.
The typos and grammar stand out at places, but who cares when you have gotten what you wanted.
I highly recommend this book to the BEGINNING/NEWBIE PHP Programmer.
Rating: 5
Great!
This book aims to teach the skills necessary to develop any size web application with PHP, backed by a database. They start off with the now de facto PHP introduction and then jump head first into database fundamentals. Nearly half of this book is devoted to teaching database layout, design, and use. This is long over due in the PHP community. Too many PHP developers are creating database enabled applications that have absolutely no prior experience with databases! This book covers everything from elementary topics, such as table creation, selects, inserts, and deletes, to advanced database usage with joins, stored procedures, triggers, and cursors. While they did cover indexing, I feel that it was a bit lacking and could have used a more in depth exploration.

One pleasant surprise was that no one particular database is favored; in fact use of the database abstraction layer in PEAR is encouraged for code portability. I am encouraged by the use of PEAR in this book, as it can only help to bring the community together in its use and promote PEAR as a standard of sorts. The PEAR database abstraction layer is picked apart so that you may understand exactly how it works and be that much more efficient with using it.

At the end of this book, it offers two chapters dedicated to designing and implementing applications using a native XML database. The first of the two chapters concentrates on the fundamentals of native XML databases; what they are and how they work. The second chapter then presents a case study using Xindice.

I found this book to be very thorough and well put together. Cheers to Wrox for another fine book!



Building Websites With Php-nuke

Publisher: Packt Publishing

Author(s): D. Paterson

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Sales: 164237     Average Rating: 5.0

Rating: 5
Another solid book on open source software
Although I have fond memories of scouring the web and user forums for instructions and tutorials on how to install, configure and use open source software, I am particularly pleased to see such well-written and high quality books coming out on open source applications every month. Building Websites with PHP-Nuke by Douglas Paterson is no exception. The author has written a book on PHP-Nuke, an open source content management system, which provides opportunity for open source software to gain even wider acceptance and utilization. I would characterize the book as most useful for the novice-to-moderately skilled user, however the book provides broad coverage of topics beyond the novice user, so advanced users will find many of the chapters useful as well. I fully recommend this book to anyone interested in learning and getting up to speed quickly on the PHP-Nuke open source content management system.

The 295 page book progresses well, and generally spends an adequate amount of time on each topic. Chapter lengths are not too long or arduous, as some can be, and make fairly easy work of guiding the reader through getting a working PHP-Nuke system up and running. In addition, I like the order and presentation of the chapters, which flow very well and are organized in a logical manner. The first part of the book deals with introduction, installation, and initial setup of the PHP-Nuke environment. The author begins in chapter 1 with an effective and concise introduction to PHP-Nuke. Chapter 2 deals with installation, configuration, security patches, and some troubleshooting of the installation process. Although I particularly appreciated that the author addressed issues of security and the reasons for applying security patches, I did feel that this chapter was a little rushed. I would be concerned that the novice-to-average user might get lost in some of the database setup steps, or in the installation of phpMyAdmin. I realize this book is about PHP-Nuke, but I think a slightly longer treatment of these topics within chapter 2 would be very useful and could alleviate any potential confusion or frustration on the part of the novice reader. I should add that the book does provide many useful web resources for additional help in these areas, and that the book also offers an appendix for installing and using XAMPP, a bundled collection software needed run PHP-Nuke and most other open source software. Normally users need to install and configure all of the server and software applications separately, which are in themselves topics for entire books, but XAMPP comes with a simple installer and a management and control interface to streamline the entire process.
The middle chapters of the book do an excellent job on taking the reader through the workings of the PHP-Nuke system with ample and appropriate screenshots. The author does an effective job at guiding the reader and creating a working system, while at the same time covering the important basics of setup, structure, and user access, as well as additional topics of system/story and module management.

The final few chapters are devoted to more advanced topics of customization. Chapter 9 discusses customization within the PHP-Nuke framework or through basic hacking of the source code, and chapter 10 deals with extending PHP-Nuke with programming through the utilization of its API-like code. Although I would characterize the book as being more useful for a novice-to-moderately skilled user, there are several chapters at the end of the book in which more advanced users would find helpful in customizing the look and functionality of the system.

Overall, I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in learning and getting up to speed quickly on the PHP-Nuke open source content management system. The book is a concise and easy to following guide to quickly learning this content management system.
Rating: 5
Now you can be an expert to....
My thanks goes' to packtpub.com for giving me this opportunity to review this Php-Nuke book.
So maybe your thinking, is it something for you?
Without kicking too much i would say yes, but with some remarks.

The E-book starts with a story at the beginning explaining what php-nuke is, and that's the area of the newest Nuke Noob.
Is it boring?
No! But a concern could be that the average Nuker hates to read, many forums prove that all the time.
But the author Douglas Paterson hit the right tone in explaining it all in his own way, by making it fun to read.

The book explains very well, the first steps to take and all that comes after that.
The tutorial is well documented with pictures, also explaining even better what to do.

Disapointing is that the author should have give some people more attention when it comes to php-nuke security.
Chatserv that walks the endless road of patching php-nuke where Francisco Burzi faild.
But also Gaylen (aka Raven) and Bob marion for their Sentinel.

Sure long ago we all could install php-nuke without being afraid of any attacks,but not anymore and that's just the price you pay when you run worlds most downloaded content management system.
Personaly I believe that Sentinel should be standard in php-nuke and its popularity grows by the day,cause php-nuke sites without patches or Sentinel are hacked every day.

But lets continue....
This book will be good for not just the Noob, but also for the serious user among us.
Sounds funny but if everybody would buy it we could possibly close all forums, but like i said.....reading is not something most will enjoy.
But i do believe it will open a whole new world for you.
The book covers almost 8 pages of index, showing you exactly where to find everything, from blocks to modules, from themes to fixing errors.
It also shows a wide variety of technical details, you can read whenever it suits you.

It also takes you a bit on a coding tour, which can be a nice learning process for most people.
What's often a problem for some, are the themes,
A change of colour is easy, but changing the whole header or structure is a different story, Douglas Paterson even explains that greatly and with ease!

A good thing about the book is that it takes you "inside" Php-Nuke and shows you how it works, and what actually happens when a page is requested.
If you read the whole book, then after that, you are well on your way to calling yourself an expert on Php-Nuke.

But some info about the book...
Like i said...the table of contents takes up to 8 pages and at the end a big index.
All together the book is about 305 pages !
And also interesting...if you order the print book from packtpub.com you can add the ebook for about $5 extra, which gives you immediate access while you wait for the book to arrive.

Hitwalker
www.hitwalker.com
Phpnuke database
Rating: 5
You've tried the rest - Now try the Best
What I liked:

How pleasantly surprised and impressed I was with this book! Doug has written this with both the novice, average, and advanced user in mind and has done a most excellent and impressive job.

I have been professionally building Information Systems for some 36 years now and got interested in PHP-Nuke back in 2001/2002. I run one of the most popular PHP-Nuke support/security sites on the Internet ( http://ravenphpscripts.com ) and so I am highly critical, knowledgeable, and experienced when it comes to PHP-Nuke, PHP, and MySQL in general

Doug's writing style is excellent. He takes you through a cursory understanding of the subject matter at hand. He then give real-life examples. Then he challenges the reader with "What just happened"? But, he doesn't leave you there. He offers code to enhance the code and to entice you to do more. Doug explains every aspect of the core Nuke distribution and does it very well. His chapter on Changing the Theme is excellent and should help many a user to customize their site. Most other authors gloss over the theme area and more or less advise you to contact an expert.

What he doesn't do, and I am so glad he doesn't, is spend half the book on installing the environmental software needed to run PHP-Nuke. So many books waste (in my opinion) my money and time trying to show you how to install *nix/Windows, Apache/IIS, MySQL/RDBMS, and PHP/ASP. He assumes you are there and want to build a web site using PHP-Nuke. What he does do, in add an appendix that explains how to get up and running using a popular all-in-one application called XAMPP (XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start.) Then, all you do is add PHP-Nuke, follow his instructions, and you have a working web site!

What I didn't like:

There are two critical areas, in my opinion, that Doug seems to have avoided like the plague. In fairness, I can understand why he did. As a preface to the following comments, I think he just wanted to concentrate on the positive aspects and avoid the potentially subjective and argumentative issues that would be generated by introducing the issues. But, what he avoided telling the users will come back to haunt them, in avery severe way - being cracked.

The first thing is that the author (of PHP-Nuke), or current maintainer/owner of the name and original code, Francisco Burzi, does not offer any support at all for the CMS. He openly states on his web site "PHP-Nuke is distributed AS IS, without any warranty nor technical support according with the GPL license". In other words, you will get no support from the author. He also does not offer any forums for support so you will have to go elsewhere for support.

The second issue I have is a major one. PHP-NUKE, as distributed by Burzi, is very insecure and prone to many kinds of exploits. Doug does mention my site and a couple others for security updates and help, but if you blink, you will miss it. The security issues would easily warrant a chapter of its own. Any one who uses PHP-Nuke needs to know about the many security risks if installed as is, right from the virgin download.


Having said all that, I still give this 5 stars. This is a book that every Nuke user, regardless of your skill level, needs to have on their book shelf. I recommend it with the highest recommendation. This book easily surpasses every other book that has been published on PHP-Nuke, at least in English :). I can't comment on the ones that have been writen in other languages.

Gaylen Fraley (aka Raven)
http://ravenphpscripts.com


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