It seems like a few other people looking for information on Yii Framework, the folks at Packt Publishing have also stumbled across my blog and thought it was worth reading… As a result they have asked me to review their new book by Alexander Makarov called Yii 1.1 Application Development Cookbook. I only got the book today, so havn’t yet even had a chance to open it, but I already think it’s a great thing that the folks at Packt Publishing recognise the potential of Yii Framework and it’s quickly growing community and the need for good quality documentation and learning material. After all, as nice as the online cookbook is and as good as all the tutorials are, I personally usually prefer to pick-up a hardcopy (or softcopy) and go through the new topic in a more structured way with someone who has experience on the particular topic guiding me through.
My experience with the last Yii Framework book by Packt wasn’t that great as I found that it focused too much on methodology of agile programmign with too much focus on testing instead of a more in-depth discussion of Yii Framework features, but this book looks a lot more promising. Also, I’ve asked Packt Publishing to send me the equivalent books on Zend and CodeIgniter so that in the spirit of comparison (which is what folk are usually looking for) I can not just review the book but also compare the books side-by-side to pass some judgement on the quality of the latest books available for each of these frameworks (with which I’m quite familiar without the need for the books already). One initial observation already is that the Codeigniter book is a bit outdated as CI has moved on to release 2.0 now with quite a few changes including ditching PHP4 support.
Anyways, stay tuned for the full book review, which will appear on this same URL, so feel free to link to it, so that by the time the review is up, folks will be able to easily find it.