I was contacted by PackT to review the book PHP 5 e-commerce Development by Michael Peacock.
The book serves as an introductory tutorial on developing an e-commerce website using PHP. The book has 15 chapters covered in 310 pages.
You can grab a sample chapter from the publisher's website.
The publisher's website has a detailed table of contents.
Who should read the book?
You should read the book if you are learning PHP and new to e-commerce. Beginners trying to utilize out of the box software like Drupal CMS or OSCommerce tend to be frustrated sooner or later. These content management systems have their own ways of doing things. Being new to PHP and complex software like Drupal can intimidate you until you thoroughly understand the inner workings of the software. Often developers choose to roll their own software to avoid the steep learning curve of existing open source software. If you have experienced similar feeling you can sure try this book.