PHP 6 Books - Did I Miss Something?

Posted by on September 22nd, 2008

Update 01-21-12: since I was contacted by the Author of one of these books, and a few years have gone by and I’m more familiar with the publishing industry, I was unfair to place blame on the author for the decision to market these books as PHP6. Authors have almost no say in how their books are marketed. Thus, the blame for these types of tactics, rest solely on the publisher.

On a side note, it is now 3 1/2 years later, and we’re only on PHP 5.3 with 5.4 coming out. Still no PHP 6 on the horizon.


The other day I was walking down an isle at Barnes & Nobel and I a two books caught my attention. PHP 6? Did I miss something? I opened each book looking for something that said “PHP 6 is still in development” or “future technology.” No such luck. They each just looked like PHP 5 books with PHP 6 slapped on their cover. Looking at PHP’s wikipedia page, I verified that PHP 6 doesn’t even have a release date.

After looking at what version 6 will do for PHP, I guess these authors can get away with it. PHP 6 is really just cleaning up some of the legacy problem The only reason I can see for labeling a book now as “PHP 6” is to sell copies to unknowledgeable consumers. People who think 6 is better than 5, which it is, but they don’t state PHP 6 hasn’t been released yet. I’m sure these “fast and easy” web development books are pretty basic and not very good. It just makes frustrated with some authors who sell books just to sell, instead of making really good books. I think this is very misleading.

Anyways, back to watching Heroes…..


Justin is a Sr. Director of Engineering at Deseret Digital Media, Previous President of the Utah PHP Usergroup, and frequently works with the Utah Open Source Foundation which organizes the OpenWest Conference. Justin loves just about anything with web technologies from PHP, JavaScript, Node.js, Salt, and managing engineering teams.

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