Monday, 17 March 2014

Programming PHP

Title: Programming PHP
Author: Kevin TatroePeter MacIntyre,Rasmus Lerdorf
Publisher: O'Reilly

Learning PHP is designed to quickly get you up and running in your efforts to develop with PHP. Probably a redundant statement there but it's been said now so let's get on with it.

Pretty much everything that I'd expect to find in such a book is here from lexical structure, classes and databases (with NoSQL thrown in for good measure). Template support is also touched upon for all of you budding CMS/theme developers along with a host of other fun and technical topics.

The authors also include an introduction to PHP security that covers basic security concepts. While this is a very welcome topic to be covered it is only an introduction, as pointed out by the authors, and should not be solely relied upon. Additional resources are identified by the authors that cover security in more detail. Make no mistake, in this day and age you need to ensure that you're writing secure code.

Does what it says on the tin  - I felt though at times some of the examples were a little poorly explained though.. 4/5 for an otherwise solid title.

"Programming PHP" can be found on the O'Reilly website

Thanks for reading!


Monday, 17 February 2014

RESTful Web Services Cookbook

Title: RESTful Web Services Cookbook
Author: Subbu Allamaraju
Publisher: Yahoo Press

RESTfull Web Services Cookbook by Subbu Allamaraju

REST, as we all know, stands for Representational State Transfer. If you’re not one of those in the know, then you might look at the CodeProject page Everything About REST Web Services - What and How for a nice example and practical guidance.

Once you’re past that, assuming that you need to go there in the first place, you might then find yourself asking “How might one find solutions to various web service designs / problems that are written in a RESTful frame of mind?”. Well, look no further as Mr. Allamaraju has provided the answer.

It’s very important to note that this is a cookbook so don’t expect it to hold the answer to every question that you’ve ever formed in your head regarding the web and design. This book exists to help with day-to-day design and implementation questions in the confines of RESTful design for web services.

As such, it is as exciting as any cookbook can be. The author has kindly provided 14 chapters of recipes starting with the basics (Using the Uniform Interface) but covering more advanced and concerning topics such as security.

It’s hard for me to get excited about a cookbook - they’re mostly functional with little in the way of narration and/or humour. If RESTful web design is of interest to you though and you need a hand with implementation, then you won’t go far wrong with this book - AND - the author is kind enough to link to other books to help guide you if more information is required. 5/5 as it works as advertised, is clearly laid out and has lots of nice examples.

"RESTful Web Services Cookbook" can be found on the O'Reilly website

Thanks for reading!


Worldly wide webs

After a brief stint in South Africa, where I spent some time in Milpark Hospital thanks to a spider (or so they think) and the insanity of moving home twice, I'm back to normal duties (or will be once my broadband is set up - tethering sucks).

Coming up, a review of RESTful Web Services Cookbook from the ever-lovely people at O'Reilly who feed my tech addiction :-)