Chris Hartjes – Book Reivew: PHP 5 Social Networking

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First off, you have GOT to love a blogger that will use that picture on his blog. :)

Long time DevZone readers will remember an interview I did with Chris, 30 Minutes with Chris Hartjes and my description of him

he looks like a biker with a laptop.

For those that haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Chris in person he really is a smart and nice guy, even if he looks a bit…imposing. :)

Recently Chris blogged about a book he was sent to review, “Book Reivew: PHP 5 Social Networking”. Let’s take a peek at what he had to say.

It’s also rare to find a book that teaches you something while you are actually building something. If you were to actually sit down and type in every single code example, my guess is that you would have 90% of a completely working site. Building upon all that stuff you’ve learned by following the book along, it seems to me it would be easy to get it to 100%.

I won’t give away the ending for you though, you’ll have to go read Chris’ post to see whether he recommends you purchase and work through this 450+ page tome. Well, what are you waiting for, go ahead and click on over there.

By way of a p.s. Congratz to Moontoast for hiring Chris. Normally I would say “I hope you know what a talent you are getting”, but I have a feeling you guys do. ;)

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs.   For the past 10 years, Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is happily married to wife 1.33, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP