PHPBuilder.com has posted this new book review today, a look at a new offering from APress publishing - "Pro PHP, XML, and Web Services".
Since its release in 2004, PHP 5 has evolved to become stable enough for serious consideration in use in a production environment. Along the way, PHP 5 has seen more than a handful of tweaks and changes, especially in its overhauled support for XML and XML web services. Now that it is a stable, it is fitting that there be a reference on all things PHP and XML.
Enter Pro PHP XML and Web Services, which aims to be "your single source of reference when using XML in PHP".
The reviwer remarks first about the size of the book (of Biblical proporations) and how it seeks to "leave no stone unturned" when it comes to using XML and web services with PHP. The first chapters are a review of XML, including a chapter on XPath, XPointer, and XInclude. From there, the book gets more into the PHP5 functionality and the features it offers. The main focus, however, is on the web services, with a few chapters given just to them.
Overall, the review is positive, save for some concerns of the content dealing with XML security and XSLT.