- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing Limited (30 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785285025
- ISBN-13: 978-1785285028
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,38,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mastering Laravel Paperback – Import, 30 Jul 2015
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Christopher John Pecoraro is an experienced web application developer born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning his BS. degree in computing and information science at Saint Vincent College in 1999, the majority of his career has centered around web application development in both the United States and Europe. He is a conference speaker, open source contributor, and an author. His research work includes biomedical informatics and machine translation, and he is a coauthor of several peer-reviewed publications. His native language is English and he speaks fluent Italian; he has visited many countries, and his noncareer interests are travel and cuisine.
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I'll wait for the O'Reilly book coming out soon.
Wish I could get my money back.
1) The code isn't verified at all, starting from Chapter 1. The codes just won't work. For example, consider the following phpspec code snippet:
function it_cannot_be_made_for_more_than_fifteen_days(User $user, $start_date, $end_date, Room $room)
$start_date = '2015-06-01';
$end_date = '2015-07-30';
$rooms = [$room];
The problem is '$user' is never defined anywhere!! As expected, 'phpspec run' complains loudly for not able to find MyCompany\User. I downloaded the sample code from Packt and to my horror, the 'app' directory is EMPTY. That means the author forgot to attach the relevant codes.
2) Use of phpspec and BDD (Behavior Driven Development): These aren't issues per-se, however the book is on teaching Laravel, not on PHP development best practices, so IMHO, adding the BDD is more of a distraction and an unnecessary layer of complexity. Adding insult to injury is the phpspec codes aren't working anyway...
3) No-reason-given style of explanation: The author started by stating he would build a hotel reservation system, but then he rushes off by building models, using phpspec, throwing lines of codes (and not bother to test them). I feel like getting dragged along by someone without telling me why and where we will get to.
I'm currently only in Chapter 1, and already the writing, proof-reading, and errors in this book are so appalling that it's unbelievable. The book does have some good general information, but the code samples/walkthroughs are just complete fail. It's completely not possible that someone, while proofreading, actually tried to follow along with how the author described proper workflow or how to build the code. Being a professional developer that uses Laravel, I could see the errors and know how to work around them, but a complete newbie would be lost and frustrated.
I am not sure why it was shared if it is not complete.!!
The explanation in the chapters is more like bit's and pieces with no clarity.!!
I must say this is a very good book for the amount I paid. As a Laravel user, I was looking for a reference book that was comprehensive and well structured. I know there are tons of tutorials out there, but this is a unique place to go, a structured source, and in the end a well done text.
It explains the core concept of Laravel, going deep in some of the aspects related to Laravel, and extending the text to other topics not directly related to Laravel, but useful for a modern web dev.
Personally I do not like the fact that the e-book is only B&W... They could have used colors and colored syntax (they're not paying that in the e-book version :)... that'd have helped reading the book on the screen. But this is only a side issue.
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