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March 11, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Essential PHP security

Essential PHP security / Chris Shiflett, O’Reilly, 2006

This 100 page slim book is required reading for all PHP programmers (that’s all of us, isn’t it?)

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March 4, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Building web sites all-in-one for dummies

Building web sites all-in-one for dummies / by Doug Sahlin and Claudia Snell, Wiley, 2009

Here is a good introduction to web site planning, design, and development. Much of it is basic, but at 750 pages it has room for information on e-commerce, PHP, Javascript and Flash.

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March 2, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Professional CodeIgniter

Professional CodeIgniter / Thomas Myer, Wiley, 2008

Structure your PHP web app using a MVC framework. This book on the CodeIgnitor framework starts by comparing it to the Symfony and CakePHP frameworks. Then agile programming is discussed, and you dive into code examples with a shopping cart, a dashboard and a WYSIWYG editor. The book has 300 very readable and practical pages.

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February 14, 2009

Rick Leir
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» PHP and MySQL : create-modify-reuse

PHP and MySQL : create-modify-reuse / Tim Boronczyk with Martin E. Psinas, Wiley, 2008

This is a cookbook full of good example code. There is not much introduction, then it jumps in to User Registration, Community Forum, Mailing List, Search Engine, Personal Calendar, Ajax File Manager, Online Photo Album, Shopping Cart, Web Site Statistics and News/Blog System . There is good advice on writing shell scripts. The book ends with a good, clear discussion of security and logging.

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February 8, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Flash and PHP bible

Flash and PHP bible / Matthew Keefe Wiley, 2008

If you want to code a decent web site, PHP and Flash are the tools that will get it done quickest (though perhaps not the most secure, maintainable, or performant). Here are 500 pages of tutorial and sample code to help you get it done.

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January 27, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Pro Drupal development

Pro Drupal development / John K. VanDyk, Apress, 2008

Drupal is a powerful CMS and this book is a solid, well written description for developers.

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November 22, 2008

Rick Leir
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» The essential guide to Dreamweaver

The essential guide to Dreamweaver CS3 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP / David Powers, Friends of ED, 2007

Here is a good introduction to web app programming using Dreamweaver. 720 pages, mostly well written text, with a few pictures of dialogs. Not many code examples. Recommended.

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October 31, 2008

Rick Leir
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» Building powerful and robust websites with Drupal

Building powerful and robust websites with Drupal 6 : build your own professional blog, forum, portal or community website with Drupal 6 / David Mercer. Packt Publishing, 2008

Yet another book for the non-programmer about how to configure a CMS.

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July 29, 2007

Ian Ward
excess
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» My (Canada) Food Guide

This past week I had the pleasure of working with Shauna Deamond and Jaber Maycid from Langu-edge Solutions Inc. on the “My Food Guide” feature on the Canada's Food Guide web site.