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Beginning CakePHP: From Novice to Professional

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CakePHP is a leading PHP–based web app development framework. When asking a question on forums or chat rooms, many CakePHP beginners get little help from the experts. Simple questions can get a response like, “Well, just read the online manual and API.” Unfortunately, the online manual is depreciated, and who wants to absorb a programming language or framework from an API? Beginning CakePHP will do the following:

  • Lead you from a basic setup of CakePHP to building a couple ...
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Overview

CakePHP is a leading PHP–based web app development framework. When asking a question on forums or chat rooms, many CakePHP beginners get little help from the experts. Simple questions can get a response like, “Well, just read the online manual and API.” Unfortunately, the online manual is depreciated, and who wants to absorb a programming language or framework from an API? Beginning CakePHP will do the following:

  • Lead you from a basic setup of CakePHP to building a couple applications that will highlight CakePHP’s functionality and capabilities without delving too deeply into the PHP language, but rather what the CakePHP framework can offer the developer.
  • Teach you to use CakePHP by incorporating advanced features into your web development projects.
  • Target beginners of CakePHP or web frameworks in general as well as experienced developers with limited exposure to CakePHP. A secondary audience may include developers undecided on adopting CakePHP or business managers trying to assess the value of incorporating CakePHP into their toolbox.

What you’ll learn

  • Install and configure the CakePHP web framework
  • Create your first CakePHP web application: to–do lists
  • Progress by building a more complex blogging application
  • Incorporate Ajax and Web 2.0 principles and techniques into your blogging and other CakePHP applications
  • Apply these sample applications along with advanced techniques as a framework or template for building your own web applications with CakePHP going forward

Who this book is for

This book will speak to an audience of developers already familiar with PHP but who may not be PHP experts. This book is tailored for those new to CakePHP and who want a thorough tutorial.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Installing and Running CakePHP
  3. Creating a To-Do List Application
  4. Naming Files and Designing the Database
  5. Creating Simple Views and Baking in the Console
  6. Customizing Views
  7. Working with Controllers and Models
  8. Implementing Ajax Features
  9. Helpers
  10. Routes
  11. Components and Utilities
  12. Vendors
  13. Plugins
  14. DataSources and Behaviors
  15. Wrapping Up the Application
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1

Pt. 1 Getting Started

Ch. 2 Installing and Running CakePHP 9

Ch. 3 Creating a To-Do List Application 17

Pt. 2 Developing CakePHP Applications

Ch. 4 Naming Files and Designing the Database 29

Ch. 5 Creating Simple Views and Baking in the Console 55

Ch. 6 Customizing Views 73

Ch. 7 Working with Controllers and Models 89

Ch. 8 Implementing Ajax Features 113

Pt. 3 Advanced CakePHP

Ch. 9 Helpers 137

Ch. 10 Routes 175

Ch. 11 Components and Utilities 187

Ch. 12 Vendors 207

Ch. 13 Plugins 219

Ch. 14 DataSources and Behaviors 241

Ch. 15 Wrapping Up the Application 273

Pt. 4 Appendixes

App. A Installation Issues 281

App. B How CakePHP Compares with Other Frameworks 289

Index 295

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2010

    Futile

    I have read and successfully completed many tutorial books. I found this to be THE most frustrating tutorial
    ever. The author complains of books that lead you to 'dead ends' or as I call them 'brick walls'. This book is full
    of them. I did not find his curt, terse style helpful or impressive. For example, he insists on using short tags in his code examples. Short tags are NOT encouraged and as of PHP 5.3 produce a fatal error. Why is a "Professional" exposing "Beginners" to bad practices? Another example of his terseness. He writes "include the following line: $javascript->link(array('prototype'));" When a customer complained on his errata page that the correct line is "echo $javascript->link(array('prototype'));" , this is his response.
    "I don't consider this a mistake in the text. At this point in the book, I have already discussed echoing (particularly with short tags), and I expect the reader to know at this point how to echo lines in views, including layouts."
    Once again , this books title starts with "Beginning" cakePHP. This book costs a wopping $42.00 (retail).
    I find is answer curt, terse and rude and he has discouraged me from wanting to learn CakePHP at all.
    In fact , after struggling through the first 120 pages and hitting numerous brick walls , and finding that this
    books sample code seems to be out of date or just does not work , I have abandoned this book and CakePHP.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    I thought this book was actually about cake

    Thank god I read along I almost purchased this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2010

    Best book on CakePHP, good start

    The publisher recommends reading their "Beginning PHP" before working with this book, which I believe is important for starting work in any PHP framework. The CakePHP developers have changed the core libraries enough that some incongruities exist between this book and the current stable release, especially for those wanting to use CakePHP 2.0. However, the concepts are clearly explained and given due diligence in this overview, and beginners to Cake will certainly be given a useful introduction to the world of PHP frameworks and CakePHP. In response to the previous reviewer, this book came out before PHP 5.3 was even available, so holding it to an unforeseen standard is just silly and disingenuous. I didn't find the book curt or terse at all, rather well-written compared to most programming books.

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