November 5, 2004

PHPTR Publishes New Book: PHP 5 Power Programming

Heather Fox writes "Prentice Hall PTR Publishes New Book: PHP 5 Power Programming .
Authored by Team of Leading PHP Developers, including Zend's Andi Gutmans .

Upper Saddle River, NJ (November, 2004) - Prentice Hall PTR, a leading publisher of advanced technology books, announces publication of the new book, PHP 5 Power Programming , authored by Andi Gutmans (co-creator of PHP 3 and all versions since), Stig Bakken (member of the core PHP team and creator of PEAR), and Derick Rethans (PHP code contributor and leader of the PHP QA team).

Gutmans, Bakken and Rethans have created a definitive introduction to PHP 5's most powerful new techniques. The book enables readers to maximize the best of PHP 5, including its enhanced XML Web services support, new object model and powerful design patterns. In addition to exhaustive coverage of PHP 5, the authors skillfully present PHP optimization techniques, regardless of version.

As a special bonus, owners of the book are provided access to a free 90-day trial version of Zend Studio, the integrated development environment from Zend Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of products and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical PHP applications.

PHP 5 Power Programming begins with an overview of what's new in PHP 5, then moves into the basics of the language, followed by a discussion of PHP 5 object-oriented features and then to advanced object-oriented programming and design patterns in PHP 5.

The next several chapters cover writing a web application with PHP- with example code showing, for example, how to work with passwords, and in-depth information on how PHP 5 interfaces with databases; then a chapter with critical information on error handling in PHP 5.

The authors then delve into XML with PHP 5, then proceed to present other valuable mainstream extensions- both ones that are and aren't part of the core PHP.

The next three chapters address PEAR ("PHP Extension and Application Repository"), with a discussion of how to use it, important PEAR packages and how to build PEAR components.
The next chapter talks about issues in migrating from PHP 4 to PHP 5, followed by a valuable chapter on general performance issues, with instruction on how to design high-performance PHP applications and how to optimize both databases and PHP, itself.

Gutmans, Bakken and Rethan then conclude with chapters on how to write PHP extensions and PHP shell scripts.

Three appendices cover, respectively, the PEAR and PECL Package Index, phpDocumentor Format Reference and Zend Studio Quick Start Guide, for those readers participating in the 90-day trial offer.

PHP 5 Power Programming has an accompanying website: and will be available through major chain and independent booksellers and through online vendors at a suggested retail price of U.S. $39.99. It is published as part of the Bruce Perens' Open Source Series. To learn more, visit .

About Addison-Wesley/Prentice Hall PTR
Addison-Wesley ( and Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference (PH PTR) ( are respected publishers of quality computer science and engineering books and software for technical professionals. Both imprints are units of Pearson Technology Group, the world's largest provider of consumer and professional computer, information technology, engineering and reference content. Pearson Technology Group is an operating unit of Pearson Education, the world's leading educational publisher. Pearson Education is part of Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO), the international media company."


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