Pragmatism in the real world

Zend Framework Book coming soon

Now that it’s been announced by Manning, I think I can talk a little more about the project that’s been taking up most of my spare time!

Zend Framework in Action is a collaboration between myself and Nick Lo. We are still writing, but Chapter 1 is available for you to download and see where we are heading with the book. Manning has an early access program where you can get access to pre-production PDFs of each chapter if you can’t wait. As a bonus for signing up early, you get to tell us what’s wrong (and what’s right!) before the prose is committed to the printed page so we can fix it and you’ll get a better final book.

In order to set expectations, I should probably point out that Zend Framework in Action is a tutorial book intended to show how to use the components of the framework together within “real world” projects. Each component is dealt with in a “what is it?”, “why use it?”, “how do you use it?”, “let’s use it in the real world” manner. It’s not an advanced exposition of each component as that would take many books!

So far, I’ve learnt that writing a book is considerably different (and much harder!) than writing a tutorial. Having help from the excellent people at Manning has eased the transition from writing when I feel like it to sitting down and writing daily. I still need to work out how to write good quality prose at a decent pace though!

16 thoughts on “Zend Framework Book coming soon

  1. I'm sure it'll be a great book.

    Of course, if you feel the need to give away a free copy….. *cough*


    (Probable typo on page 9 – 'registerAuthoload()' – in the free chapter, which reads very well so far).

  2. Yes!
    I can't wait !

    thank you in advance for your work, I'm sure i'll buy your book.

    see you on #zftalk!

  3. First the getting started tutorial, then a book…
    This is great! This is just what the ZF community needs. I hope that there will be a copy in my local bookstore. It's so hard to find specific titles here in the Philippines! :-(

    Thanks again akrabat!

  4. As a professional PHP developer, testing the water with ZF, I'm really looking forward to getting a copy of this book to lessen the gradient of the learning curve. The first chapter looks great. There is a slight grammatical error on page 15 which reads "…in they way you use all the components…".


  5. There is a topic in your book called 'What you (should) already know?' Plz tell what I should already know if I want to start learning from your book…
    Coz till the time book is released I will be ready to start with it.

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