PHP 5 e-commerce Development - Book Review

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.

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A Bit Of XML, RSS And CURL In 7 Lines Of PHP And A Useful Program

Today, I was looking for a quick way to get the current weather information on my computer. There are so many websites out there that offer the information. But I was looking for a program I could permanently install on my computer and launch it whenever I want to lookup the weather information. Oddly, I didn't find any satisfying program. At the same time I was also watching a video about network programming. That inspired me to quickly write a program in PHP to print the current weather information where I live.

I started to look out for a web service that offers information about weather for free. Did I tell you programmableweb.com is a useful website to find web services? If you have subscribed to the Tech Chorus blog you know we've been talking about REST, XML-RPC and web services in general for a while. I landed up on the Yahoo! Weather API web page.

I wrote a program to print the weather information in 7 lines of PHP code. I have published this program on Code Album github repository. You can grab it and use it.

If you want to know how to write similar programs, read on. If you know a bit of PHP and have heard about XML and RSS before you can understand the program and start building upon it.

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Create RESTful Applications Using The Zend Framework - Part III : Managing API Key

In the first two posts of this series, we discussed how to route REST requests to controllers and return HTTP response code. In this article I will talk about managing API keys.

Having the clients send API key within the HTTP header is convenient to handle. We can quickly check the HTTP request header and decide whether to allow or deny the request.

As a prerequisite you should be familiar writing front controller plugins. Let's write a front controller plugin that does the following:

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    How To Get Broadcom BCM4312 Wireless To Work In Fedora

    Broadcom provides Linux drivers for most of its wireless chipsets. Prior to the release of official drivers from Broadcom, the open source software community had various workarounds. Some people used Windows drivers through ndiswrapper. Others used fwcutter.

    The RPM Fusion Repository for Fedora offers the Broadcom wireless drivers from its repositories. You can install them using yum.

    Step 1: Enable the RPM Fusion repositories

    rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm

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    How To Play Music And Video In Fedora

    How to play music and video(MP3, MPEG, AVI, FLV and other multimedia files) in Fedora 12?

    Due to patent encumbrance codecs required to play some proprietary file formats are not shipped with Fedora. Codecs are the programs that encode and decode digital data. These codecs are available in the rpmfusion repository for Fedora. You will be able to play mpeg, mp3, avi, flv and other commonly used file formats for music and video. You will require an Internet connection to download and install these packages on your computer.

    video movie playing in gnome mplayer fedora 12 screenshot

    Let us get started. Are you ready?

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    Concluding The Bangalore PHP User Group Meeting - January 30 2010

    Last Saturday, the Bangalore PHP User Group conducted a meeting. The venue was same as the last time, Microsoft office, Bangalore! The topic of the meeting was Framework Shootout. The frameworks represented were:

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    Create RESTful Applications Using The Zend Framework - Part II : Using HTTP Response Code

    In our last example, we used Zend_Rest_Route and Zend_Rest_Controller to demonstrate how to map requests to controller actions. We also used the response object to send text content in the HTTP response. In this article let us send appropriate HTTP response codes using the response object.

    RFC 2616 describes HTTP response codes to use in various contexts.

    In this example, we will use a few response codes

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      Tip Of The Day : Add The Show Desktop Widget To The Panel And Configure Keyboard Shortcut To Minimize All Windows - KDE 4.3.3

      How to configure keyboard short cut to minimze all windows on KDE 4.3.3 on Fedora

      Having the Show Desktop button on the panel is something everyone would want. If you are unable to find the settings follow the instructions below.

      1. Install the kdeplasma-addons package.

      # yum install kdeplasma-addons -y

      2. Add the Show Desktop widget to the panel.

      • Click the Cashew button on the panel - the rightmost corner button
      • Click Add Widgets
      • Click Show Desktop
      • Click Add Widget
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      Zend Framework 1.8 Web Application Development - Book Review

      Title: Zend Framework 1.8 Web Application Development
      Author: Keith Pope
      Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
      ISBN 1847194222
      ISBN 13 978-1-847194-22-0

      Zend Framework 1.8 Web Application Development book review
      The Zend Framework community needed a book covering version 1.8+. Version 1.8 brought new notable features. Zend_Application is one among them. Zend_Application introduced object oriented bootstrapping in applications that otherwise used a procedural script. A bunch of users had difficulty understanding how to set up their applications to make use of the new bootstrapping component. All of them have seem to understand it well now, thanks to support in the official mailing lists and IRC channel. Zend_Navigation, Zend_Tool and enhancements to filter and validation components were other noteworthy additions to Zend Framework 1.8. For a full list of changes and additions to the 1.8 version see the release notes.

      I contacted PackT Publishing Ltd and asked for the book to write this review. They were kind enough to quickly send me a copy of the ebook.

      Let's begin exploring the book.

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      Pro PHP XML And Web Services - Book Review

      Title: Pro PHP XML and web services
      Author: Robert Richards
      Publisher: Apress
      ISBN13: 978-1-59059-633-3

      If you are a PHP programmer and looking to expand your knowledge in XML and web services areas, the book is a good resource. The book assumes no prior knowledge about XML and web services. It assumes you are capable of writing PHP programs independently.

      Download the table of contents PDF document from the publisher.

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