Is this old book a good book for php oop beginners?

Posted on 2013-11-29
Last Modified: 2013-12-01

This book was written in 2008.  After object oriented beginners tutorial, I am reading about
spl for changing dates.  Is spl used anymore?

I ignore the parts about php6

What you’ll learn
PHP features, such as the Standard PHP Library (SPL), that are poorly documented or ignored by existing books
How to develop classes of their own
OOP in easy-to-understand language without getting bogged down in dense theory
Solid foundations for developers wishing to delve more deeply into OOP
How to leverage the strengths of OOP as a means for creating reusable code that can be used successfully within a procedural context
How to code for both PHP 5 and 6

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by:Ray Paseur
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SPL gets used, but it is not exactly mainstream.  I've found it useful for directory iterating.  The Powers book is probably OK.  I would also recommend Welling/Thompson.  They have an update coming soon, but its publication date has been pushed back a few times.  Any book about PHP that is nearly six years old has got to have some pieces missing.

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I bought the book you suggested later realizing that it is 2008 4th edition because

They have an update coming soon, but its publication date has been pushed back a few times.  Any book about PHP that is nearly six years old has got to have some pieces missing.

I may not read that book because it is 2008.

Should I buy and read this book you also suggested in another question: september 2012

I want to learn object oriented programming and use php as a language I am familiar with.

I do not want to just learn advanced php.
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Ray Paseur earned 500 total points
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I have Ullman's book.  I just got it recently and have not read all of it yet, but I like it so far and I'd be comfortable recommending it.

Most of what you'll learn about PHP object oriented programming will be present in PHP at version 5, with modest revisions along the way up to 5.3, then a few new things at 5.4 and 5.5.  So almost any well-respected text that covers the PHP 5+ object model will be useful.  What you want to be sure to avoid are the leftover examples from PHP 4.  PHP 4 OOP was a terrible mess.  Two signatures of PHP 4 OOP are the use of var, instead of public, private or protected property declarations and the use of a class constructor with a name matching the class name.  PHP 5 uses the name __construct().

PHP 5 is almost ten years old.
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This question may be difficult for you because the answer may change every year when the books get old.

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sorry, I wrote the last comment before I read your last comment.
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by:Ray Paseur
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In fact the answer does change every year!  My first work with PHP was PHP3.

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ID: 39688815
Okay larry ulman book now

and 5th edition of other book upon arrival


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