Monday, August 28, 2006

PHP 5 Power Programming passes 1 Million downloads!


When Stig, Derick and I decided to publish a PHP book, our editor proposed to do it as part of the Bruce Perens' Open Source Series. Not only is the series focused on open-source but in the true open-source spirit it is also made available as open-source under the Open Publication License. We loved the idea because it would give our work the widest possible exposure.
A few days ago I was informed that the PHP 5 Power Programming book has now been downloaded over 1 million times. Exposure no doubt. And considering that there are about 4.5 million developers out there, it's safe to say that probably between 1 in 5 PHP developers have actually laid their hands on it (or should I say their computer screens on it).
I'm glad we've managed to serve the larger PHP community by making the book so broadly available. As this book is targeting the experienced developer it's even more remarkable that so many people have downloaded it. The PHP developers community has truly matured.
You can find more information about the book on the Prentice-Hall web site.

35 comments:

  1. I'm looking for the download.. but can't seem to find it??

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  2. @anonymous: google the book title and "free download" and you'll find it.

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  3. One of my favorite PHP books :)

    As an owner the dead tree version (which is well worth the price), I would really like to see this in HTML format, any chance of that happening?

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  4. Is this book available in french ? Is yes, what is the title, I don't find it ?

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  5. This is one of the best books to have for PHP programming, i have it on my bookshelf, i started out with the digital version but i hate reading on the screen so i went to Amazon and bought the book. Loving the book and also love the fact that you put it out on the Open Source Series. I just hope a lot of people support the book by buying a hard copy as well.

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  6. That is great! It really is a great book! Congratulations!

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  7. Big congrats with this milestone.

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  8. Sorry I believe it hasn't been translated to French yet. It has been translated to German, Russian and some other languages though (in case you speak those :)

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  9. have you count me in your estimation of 4.5 millions of php developers ? Call me pleas its important for me ;)

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  10. Really one of the best books I have ever read about PHP. I was very helpful for me during migration to PHP5. Congratulations!

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  11. a good book indeed especially for us migrating from php 4 to php5

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  12. Thank you Andi. This book is awesome. First at all I was downloaded it. Then read it a bit, and then I have bought it, because I have totaly like this book.
    Will you write some so awesome book dedicated for more advanced PHP programmers? You can write more about the patterns, UML and some development methods (like RAPID or EP)

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  13. Congratulation Andi (and all other authors)!
    I must say that I didn't finished the book yet (I have the printed version) but what I read until now give me some good ideas about how to use php5 much better.

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  14. This is a fantastic book for anyone interested in the use of php5's object model. My book is well worn from cover to cover. I did notice that the php5powerprogramming website has expired as of 8/26/06. Will you be renewing site so we have access to downloads?

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  15. I can't help having my own copy of this book. I will add this to my book shelf.

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  19. Hello from PC Professionale magazine,

    we would like to include your book: PHP 5 Power Programming in our “best free/open source books” section present in the cover mount Dvd.
    (We have a Cover Dvd each month - The Dvd is distribuite for free with the magazine)

    On the Dvd will appear in clear way the author of the books and will be present a link to your Website
    (obviously we incorporate the Open Publication License )

    We would appreciate your authorization to do so.

    If this is OK for you, please let us know if we can use the downloadable
    version available on the Web site: http://www.informit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=013147149X

    Best Regards,

    Luca Marra
    Contributing editor
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    PC Professionale
    Milano Oltre
    Via Cassanese 224
    20090 Segrate (MI) - Italy
    www.pcprofessionale.it

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    If you are interested in producing some English-to-Italian translation please let me know: i could do it, in order to help some people who are not that familiar with your language.
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