German book recommendation: "Das Zend Framework"

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In case you're planning to work or already do work with the Zend Framework, there's a really good (german) book that just got out, which i test-read: Das Zend Framework: Von den Grundlagen bis zur fertigen Anwendung by Ralf Eggert.

Although this book is primarily for Zend Framework beginners, there is also a lot of content you may still not know even though you already work with ZF a bit longer. The code examples are really good and helpful and you really get to know a lot about ZF. The book shows how to build a web application step by step using ZF.

You can order the book at Amazon.

A Raid to the local Bookstore

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When it comes to buying books i am so 1992. I do buy some at onlineshops, but most time i need to be there  i the local bookstore. Today i found some books i had on my watchlist for a time:

The Productive Programmer

Anyone who develops software for a living needs a proven way to produce it better, faster, and cheaper. The Productive Programmer offers critical timesaving and productivity tools that you can adopt right away, no matter what platform you use. Master developer Neal Ford not only offers advice on the mechanics of productivity-how to work smarter, spurn interruptions, get the most out your computer, and avoid repetition-he also details valuable practices that will help you elude common traps, improve your code, and become more valuable to your team.

from: Amazon

Beeing productive as a programmer is always an issue. And since we have newbies to the programming bizz in our company it is maybe a good way to get around the beast Code Complete.

Implementation Patterns

The Kent Beck Signature Book series was nice from the beginning on. Starting with the read of Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture I bought (but did not already read) all of that series. Getting a new one into my fingers is nice. I guess the thing goes the same direction as the above stated, just  a bit more focus on the "how to ake great api" part.

Great code doesn’t just function: it clearly and consistently communicates your intentions, allowing other programmers to understand your code, rely on it, and modify it with confidence. But great code doesn’t just happen. It is the outcome of hundreds of small but critical decisions programmers make every single day. Now, legendary software innovator Kent Beck–known worldwide for creating Extreme Programming and pioneering software patterns and test-driven development–focuses on these critical decisions, unearthing powerful “implementation patterns” for writing programs that are simpler, clearer, better organized, and more cost effective.

from: Amazon

Art of Capacity Planning

Success on the web is measured by usage and growth. Web-based companies live or die by the ability to scale their infrastructure to accommodate increasing demand. This book is a hands-on and practical guide to planning for such growth, with many techniques and considerations to help you plan, deploy, and manage web application infrastructure. The Art of Capacity Planning is written by the manager of data operations for the world-famous photo-sharing site Flickr.com, now owned by Yahoo! John Allspaw combines personal anecdotes from many phases of Flickr's growth with insights from his colleagues in many other industries to give you solid guidelines for measuring your growth, predicting trends, and making cost-effective preparations. Topics include: Evaluating tools for measurement and deployment Capacity analysis and prediction for storage, database, and application servers Designing architectures to easily add and measure capacity Handling sudden spikes Predicting exponential and explosive growth How cloud services such as EC2 can fit into a capacity strategy ….

from: Amazon

Far away from guidelines like "How o write a performant php script" etc. Just a more strategic guide of how to plan survival of the next big wave of users on your website. Pretty small book, but a good companion if you are in the "lots of users" bizz. Helps open the eyes for the things that happen outside of your code, and might get you a hint of sleeping well even with a growing  wewbapp.

Die Kunst des Webtrackings

Since our app and daily work is about webtracking, this handy little 300 page book just hits the shelfes in the right moment, just waiting to be picked up.

see: Amazon.de

No interesting books about php, just a good one about zend framework would be nice, but as far as i know, there is not yet anything.

Maybe someone who is stopping by here has a hint what can be next of my neverending list of books, best related to the stuff posted here. ;)