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Yes, everyone will get a final PDF. I am only posting updates on the web site so that you all know that I am making progress on the book. I admit, it is taking longer than I originally thought it would, but with so many backers, I really want the book to be awesome.
Just a bit confused as the updates are going on the website, will we still be receiving a final PDF copy once it is finished?
hi Alan, just a quick post, have you ever thought also on include a chapter for real interaction data with microcontrollers (special he arduino platform)?
more people these days tinkers on dataloggers or some sort of real sensor interaction and what is lagging behind is the web side of it, which everyone one wants but do not know how....the posting results, the interaction program for buttons and sensors, and database publishing... i would love to learn and see this explained here!
I'm really looking forward to this course. I haven't programmed anything since high school (10 years ago) and I'm checking out if this could be a new career direction. Thanks.
Hey Alan, Your project is awesome.. Thank for bringing it to live.. =) THUMBS UP !
Thanks everyone. I'll be actively writing for the next 30 days or so, and will push out updates as I go along. I
have established http://www.phpfortotalbeginners.com/php/ but it is just getting going so not much there yet. But that will change
This sounds awesome! I absolutely agree that all of the tutorials out there about PHP are boring and over-informed with no real world implementation. At least that's how I saw it from a complete n00b perspective. So, I quit. I knew PHP was powerful, but it was just way too daunting to get a grip on it. It was like trying to drive a tank before you know how to drive a car. Hopefully with this project we will all be driving tanks in no time!
I'm happy to support your efforts, Alan. And I look forward to the book.
i would say for topics, i dont know how beginner you want it to be. but these are good topics:
user handling/session management
how to handle documents and pictures upload, display, manage.
connecting using Databases
Some of the basics like functions, loops, maybe includes and such.
Things like that i think would be handy to cover.
Thank you all, what a thrill. I am going to start writing this weekend. See my update to all backers-- I am open to topic selections and ideas for making it as fun as possible. I know there are lots of smart people out there...
Now start writing :p
I'm very curious!!!
Glad to see it worked out, hope this will be out just in time to augment some of my in class learning and really delve into the Apache/PHP/MySQL environment.
Hey! You made it! Congrats!!!!
I am starting to worry.
Hi David, if this format proves popular, I would be interested to try it again with Ruby. Thanks for the tip, though you might have worded it a bit more positively. ;)
Ian -- good feedback. I cut it from $100 to $50. How about buying the first one? :)
Not that it will affect me any, but I'd suggest changing some of the funding levels (or adding new ones). $10 to $100 is a fairly large jump.
@David Why won't you start a Kickstarter vowing to write a book about this little... passion of yours? It's no place for fanboys. Peace, dude. Go make something productive.
@All the others: Please, don't feed the Trolls.
If you're looking for joy in programming, you're barking up the wrong tree. Ruby is a joy. PHP is an ad-hoc piece of junk.
@Frederik so you shall feel at home with PHP. As Alan said, it´s fun to use PHP; otherwise, I doubt it´d be so pervasive in web development.
Hi Fred, that's my idea-- to make it so beginners will get it, and find it to be fun.
Alan, would you have something about controlling an Arduino with PHP?
Yay! Beyond $1K!
Congratulations, Alan. Less than $1,5k to go and still 25 days from the goal.
However, if you're coming from other branches of the programming tree, Alan's idea is to take you from newbie to advanced. With joy. At least, that's what I understood from his film.
Please make it so people new to the PHP can understand it too..
Will you consider other PHP frameworks Codeigniter and Slim? :)
Nice project :) Are you considering publishing it in MOBI or EPUB so i can read it on my Kindle in a better way? Thanks!
Hi, Alan. For "advanced stuff" I'd like to see a PHP autopilot to control a Raspberry Pi brain of an Unmanned Airborne Solar Vehicle. But that's not inside our scope, so we could study PHP caching and speed optimization. What do you think? :)
Thanks Emanuel, I will add some advanced stuff. Suggestions are welcome!
Nice trend we've got here, guys. Keep pledging! :)