PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming (Visual Quickpro Guide) 3rd Edition by Larry Ullman


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Readers can take their PHP skills to the next level with this fully revised and updated PHP Advanced: Visual QuickPro Guide, Third Edition! Filled with fourteen chapters of step-by-step content and written by bestselling author and PHP programmer Larry Ullman, this guide teaches specific topics in direct, focused segments, shows how PHP is used in real-world applications. 

The book teaches developing web applications using advanced PHP techniques and advanced database concepts, and this edition offers several chapters devoted to object-oriented programming and all-new chapters on debugging, testing, and performance.

Author hosts a popular companion website at, where readers can freely download code used in the book, access a user forum and book updates, and get advice directly from the author.


In this humble author’s (or not-so-humble author’s) opinion, “advanced PHP” is about continuing to learn: you already know how to use PHP, and presumably MySQL, for all the standard stuff, and now it’s time to expand that knowledge.

This new knowledge can range from how to do different things, how to improve on the basic things, and how other technologies intersect with PHP. In short, you know how to make a dynamic Web site with PHP, but you’d like to know how to make a better Web site, with every possible meaning of “better.”

This is the approach I’ve taken in writing this book. I haven’t set out to blow your mind discussing esoteric idiosyncrasies the language has; rewriting the PHP, MySQL, or Apache source code; or making theoretically interesting but practically useless code. 

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