Review: CodeIgniter 1.7 Professional Development


I recently received my advanced copy of CodeIgniter 1.7 Professional Development, written by Adam Griffiths,  from Packt Publishing. I had previously wrote a review for CodeIgniter 1.7 by the same publishing company.

The book covers a lot of topics and get’s into the nuts and bolts of CodeIgniter beyond what the first book or even the phenomenal User Guide online offers.

Throughout the book they cover some in depth topics like everybody’s favorite User Authentication. It goes a step further and coveres Twitter oAuth and Facebook Connect as well, though!

Many page are dedicated to Database Interaction covering Active Record and Database Forge.

Application Security is another subject that get’s a lot of attention. They go over what comes included with CodeIgniter and then take it a step further and teach you best practices and some important tips and ideas. As you know, application security is very VERY important when building your web application.

Speaking of building web applications, they spend a chapter covering tips and techniques for building a large-scale web application. Such topics include caching, optimizing SQL queries, and how to avoid disk activity.

I was pleased to see them cover another hot topic and that is Web Services. As a web developer you know that web services are more and more ubiquitous and it’s important to understand how to work with them.

Other subjects the book covers is Extending CodeIgniter and a chapter devoted to Developing and Releasing code to the Community.

All things considered, i’m very please with this book and consider it a valuable addition to my library. It looks like a thin book but it covers a surprising amount of content and does a good job at it.

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