Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP

Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP

by Quentin Zervaas

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Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP by Quentin Zervaas

In Practical PHP Web 2.0 Applications, PHP, MySQL, CSS, XHTML, and JavaScript/Ajax development techniques are brought together to show you how to create the hottest PHP web applications, from planning and design up to final implementation, without going over unnecessary basics that will hold you back. This book includes must-have application features such as search functionality, maps, blogs, dynamic image galleries, and personalized user areas. It covers everything in a practical, tutorial style so you can start working on your own projects as quickly as possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590599068
Publisher: Apress
Publication date: 05/19/2008
Series: Expert's Voice Series
Edition description: 1st Corrected ed., Corr. 3rd printing
Pages: 569
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.05(d)

About the Author

Quentin Zervaas is a web developer based in Adelaide, South Australia, where he has been self-employed since 2003. After receiving his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Adelaide in 2001, Quentin worked for several web development firms before branching out on his own, developing a wide range of custom web applications for customers all around the world. Quentin has recently started a new company called Recite Media ( with two partners. Recite Media develops web applications primarily for other development or design companies to resell. Its flagship product, Recite CMS, is being used by some of Australia's largest companies. Quentin also runs and writes for his PHP development resource site, phpRiot (, which provides a number of useful articles on a wide variety of PHP-related topics. After completing his role as the technical reviewer for Beginning Ajax with PHP: From Novice to Professional (Apress, 2006), he decided to undertake writing Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently received a copy of this book to review from the publisher and thought I would post a quick review here. In this book the author takes us through creating a web application from concept to deployment. The ¿Web 2.0¿ application used here is a blogging application supporting images, tagging, microformats and geographical data. To speed development existing libraries and frameworks are used including Zend framework, PEAR and Smarty on the server side and prototype and on the client side. Chapter five is entirely dedicated to introducing the javascript libraries. Through the rest of the book the application is slowly built up. With a book like this it is easy to criticise the decisions taken. There are almost as many different ways to create a functioning web application as there are people developing them. This book can only ever present one approach to application development and it does this well. The book is dominated by code, as would be expected, but the supporting text is informative and easy to follow. Overall it is a solid introduction to putting together a complete web application with some real gems. The chapters on google maps and deployment I found to be particularly good. If you¿re considering purchasing this book be sure to check out the publishers site as they have a sample chapter freely available for download.
Frank_FJS More than 1 year ago
OK, now the term "Web 2.0" has been used to death in the past 2 years I know. But that doesnt mean you cant jump on the bandwagon and understand how to create web aplications using PHP right? PHP has been around over 10 years and is still the most popular web programming language around (yes, way more than ASP.NET). Although ASP.NET has the advantage of more "bells and whistles" built-in to its .NET framework on server controls, that doesnt mean you can't create beautiful, sharp and cool looking web applications in PHP. This book written by Quentin Zervaas really explains how to use mutliple technologies (Zend Framework, Smarty Template Engine, PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript libraries). The author steps you through creating a pretty cool blogging web application. There are lots of different technologies used throughout this book but hte author explains them expertly and never allows the reader to get lost. He always goes through the reasoning process of why he is doing something a certain way as well as explaining the alterntives as well. The book is geared for the intermediate to advanced PHP developer, only because of the many technologies he is using and the Zend Framework really requires a person who already understands PHP fairly well. The JavaScript libraries used for the "cool Web 2.0 effects" are prototype and scriptaculous. Those are used for the Ajax interactivity with the MySQL database data as well as the code created with the Zend Framework. I really like the authors example because it steps you through from beginning to end of a real-world web application. It gives you the knowledge of what is really involved in creating a useable application like a blog. And as a user of WordPress (also PHP-based) it helped me understand what would be involved in trying to duplicate a similar web application. When you are done reading this book, your resume will definitely be much improved since all of the technolgoies covered in this book are highly sought after skills in the workplace. I highly recommend this book.