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Build Your Own PHP Framework – 2nd Edition

I just released a copy of the 2nd Edition of Build Your Own PHP Framework. This book has a lot more examples and the source is hosted on GitHub.

You can purchase the 58 page PDF from www.phpframeworkbook.com, or on Amazon.Com for your Kindle.

The 2nd edition has the following additional content:

More To Read - You will notice this edition will be more thanTWICE the size of the original book.

More Examples - Each chapter will show you working examples as well as how to use the example on the sample CMS (Content Management System) being built throughout the book.

More Code - Each chapter will show you the exact code of the framework vs. snippets in v1.

More Details - I’ve included a lot more detail around “Why” you do things.

Bonus Material - When you purchase the book you’ll get a custom code for accessing bonus content!

2nd Edition (Build Your Own PHP Framework)

I’ve started work on the 2nd Edition of Build Your Own PHP Framework.

The 2nd edition is going to have the following additional content:

  • More To Read – You will notice this edition will be more than TWICE
    the size of the original book.
  • More Examples – Each chapter will show you working examples as well as how to use the
    example on the sample CMS (Content Mangaement System) being built
    throughout the book.
  • More Code – Each chapter will show you the exact code of the framework vs. snippets in
    v1.
  • More Details – I’ve included a lot more detail around “Why” you do things.
  • Bonus Material – When you purchase the book you’ll get a custom code for accessing
    bonus content! Get Bonus Material Before ANYONE ELSE!

Build Your Own PHP CMS

Maybe you’ve used a CMS like WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla. But what if those had too much baggage? Too much dead code? Too much un-tested code or code that’s so cumbersome to use you’re stuck building your own?

I’m thinking about starting another book this summer called Build Your Own PHP CMS. Not only will I update Build Your Own PHP Framework, but I’ll describe in detail what you’ll need to do to create your own CMS from scratch.

Stay Tuned…

Books Update

I’ve decided to bring back my books: Robotics Programming 101 and Build Your Own PHP Framework to Amazon.Com. A few notes:

  1. The price is higher. Hopefully with the higher price people purchase less impulsively. Which means they think a little bit about what they are going to purchase which means they preview the book and decide yes/no.
  2. I plan on updating Build Your Own PHP Framework this summer and creating a 2nd book called Build Your Own PHP CMS.
  3. I plan on creating an update to Robotics Programming 101 and creating a 2nd book on Machine Vision maybe I’ll call it Machine Vision 101 or something similar.

Big Note: If you purchase from me (via sites above) vs. Amazon.Com, I’ll get you 2nd editions for FREE.

Business Books – In A Nutshell

After reading my 100th or so business book I’ve come to the following conclusion, they all basically say 4 of these 5 points:

 

  1. Pick an Audience
    1. This can be any audience, pick one that don’t annoy you or will grow tired of.
    2. You have a reach to this audience via some amount (%). If you don’t have reach, figure out your reach. These are your prospects.
    3. That % either cost you time or money or both.
    4. Pick one that minimizes each or both.
  2. Pick a problem (what people really want)
    1. This problem will be felt by a % of the audience and similar % of your reach but these numbers are not the same.
    2. People want More (love, money, acceptance, free time, etc.)
    3. People want Less (stress, conflict, hassle, uncertainty, etc.)
    4. Provide value (aka helping people) what can you add to or remove from someone’s life and then get paid.
  3. Try to sell the solution (product or service)
    1. This solution will hit with a % of the people that have the problem that you can reach.
    2. Your sale will have a interval of time between first contact and completion, pick one that you can scale, and that falls within your time-line.
    3. The people that purchase are the end of your funnel and relative to other businesses selling the same/similar solutions to the problem, that’s your market share.
    4. The solution often takes the form of a belief, I believe X can give me MORE X, or LESS Y. See #2.
  4. Build the solution
    1. This cost less and saves time to build second and sell first.
    2. If the cost to reach the customers at the top of your funnel is less than you make per sale, then you have a business, continue.
  5. Refine the solution & communicate to customers until efficient
    1. This is making more money, by maximizing conversion rates and increasing the size of your funnels to achieve maximum efficiency.
    2. Measure what you want but don’t spend too much time measuring (See Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle).

Trust me any book you purchase will tell you 4 of these 5 things, leaving you wanting more, and thus purchasing more books. Save yourself some time and money and know this before purchasing anything else.

Retiring Some Books!

All, I’m going to be pulling some of my self-published books from Amazon in the next few days.

It was a great experiment and I was able to sell lots of books and gained a lot of experience and received lots of nice (and a little not nice) feedback on the books.

I will either revise & republish or retire and make open source the contents of the books.

Learn HTML5 and JavaScript for iOS

Learn HTML5 and JavaScript for iOS

You have a great idea for a simple mobile web app. Or, you have a great idea for a complicated mobile web app. Either way, Learn HTML5 and JavaScript for iOS will help you build, fine-tune, and publish your app for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Pre-Order now available on Amazon.com.

I will walk you through building a mobile web app from scratch using real-world examples. You’ll learn about design considerations, mobile web frameworks, and HTML5 features like animation and graphics using Canvas. You’ll also learn how to customize your app for a variety of platforms, and you’ll explore testing and performance tips for your app.

Build Your Own PHP Framework – Book Announcement!

There’s almost a hundred different PHP frameworks out there. Some are big some, are small. All of them do about 80% of what you need the way you want it, but the 20% that’s not usually takes you the most time/effort/money.

This book shows you how to build your own PHP Framework using a PHP Framework template called GinPHP.

Visit the website to learn more http://www.phpframeworkbook.com.

 

I Created A Book Page!

I decided to create a separate page for my books because I’ve started thinking about expanding the kinds of books I’m writing to include more than just books about robotics.

Currently the books you will find on this page are just my robotics books, which have more detail at my Scott’sBots website, in the near future I’ll have a few more.

Stay Tuned!