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Book Review: PHPUnit Essentials

In the past few years I have worked on many projects that involved implementing a testing infrastructure, I have spoken at conferences on the important of and theories of testing, and I have led workshops training beginners in testing. In all that time I have looked for a good concise and easy to read resource to share with people. PHPUnit Essentials by Zdenek Machek meets and exceeds my expectations.

Machek starts the book out by walking through the available installation methods and then moves into tools, in particular IDEs. Several popular open source and commercial IDEs are reviewed including: NetBeans, Zend Studio, Eclipse, and PhpStorm. Machek walks through the process of setting up PHPUnit in each IDE and running simple tests to get you started.

Machek goes into the basics of testing but the real power of this book lies in the thorough review of the more advanced testing concepts that many resources shy away from. Starting with theory on how to write good testable code all the way to testing databases, the following topics are covered: dependencies, in depth command line usage, test isolation, dealing with globals and data providers, test organization, test doubles (fakes, stubs, mocks, expectations, and proxies), database testing, API testing, and testing legacy (spaghetti) code. As a bonus Machek tossed in chapters on functional tests in the web browser, continuous integration, behavior-driven testing, and even a section on PHPUnit alternatives.

This is a small book but it is packed with a powerful amount of information and excellent code examples. It is a must have on any PHP developers bookshelf.

 

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Financing Real Estate Investments for Dummies by Ralph R. Roberts and Chip Cummings

ISBN:

978-0-470-42233-5

Synopsis

Your practical guide to scoring cash to fuel your real estate investments

Want to be a smart, successful real estate investor? This no-nonsense guide contains everything you must know to make the right choices about financing your investments — from the various options available and the impact on cash flow to the tax implications and risk factors involved. You also get tried-and-true tips for surviving a down market and using current investments to finance future ones.

Review

Financing Real Estate Investments for Dummies provides an overwhelming amount of information to the reader. This book is a great resource for both the novice and seasoned real estate investor seeking financing and goes into every aspect you need to know to secure financing. Chip Cummings provides many real world examples from deals he has done. This book is the most in-depth and comprehensive financing book on the market. I highly recommend all real estate investors have a copy in their library.

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The ABC’s of Writing Winning Business Plans by Garret Sutton, Esq.


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The ABC's of Writing Winning Business Plans

The ABC's of Writing Winning Business Plans

Tagline

How to prepare a business plan that others will want to read and invest in

ISBN: 0-446-69415-0

Synopsis

Learn how to prepare and utilize the most important document for any organizationthe business plan. Whether one is just starting out or is already in business and needs to refocus efforts, this practical guide will clearly instruct how to prepare a winning business plan. This book will become a valued resource for entrepreneurs and business owners on their path towards future success.

Review

The ABC’s of Writing Winning Business Plans is another in the Rich Dad’s Advisors series. As usual this book was fun to read. All of the Rich Dad’s Advisors books are neither boring, nor dry, and this was not exception. Garret Sutton does a great job of explaining what a business plan is, why it is needed, and what all the pieces are. He does not get into the real nitty-gritty but more than enough information is provided to get you started and encourage you along the way. This book is a definite must read if you are thinking of going into business or trying to reevaluate an existing business.

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Property Management Accounting by Marc Levetin & Michael Monteiro

Property Managment Accounting

Property Managment Accounting

A Survival Guide for Non-accountants

ISBN: 978-1-4392-4161-5

Synopsis

In this day and age, we’re lucky to have software that takes care of the nuts and bolts of property management accounting. But even with software, you’ll find it much easier to keep accurate records if you have an understanding of the basic accounting concepts upon which these programs are based. Buildium’s Property Management Accounting teaches you these concepts with property management specifically in mind. Don’t worry if you don’t have an accounting degree or previous bookkeeping experience. This guide will arm you with all the information you need. And if you do have an accounting background, you’ll find some great refresher information inside as well.

Review

This book is great if you already have an understanding of accounting principles. The author moves very fast and did not provide the depth of knowledge I was hoping for. The books strong suit is that it very clearly breaks down each transaction you will write into it’s various components and heavily emphasizes the difference between debit and credit. However in the practice section the reader must understand enough to complete it and no good answers are given. There is a fairly good section of sample in the appendix. Overall I would probably not recommend this book to an accounting novice (though it is positioned toward such). I would however recommend this book to anyone who is familiar with accounting or book keeping and is looking for a quick refresher course. The entire book can be read in a half hour.

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Floating by Hugo Leckey

ISBN: 0-393-03272-8

Synopsis

Hugo Leckey recounts his time living aboard his sailboat

Review

Hugo Leckey has a non-traditional but compelling writing style. Leckey does not stick on one linear thought track but rather allows new ideas to pop into the text as they reveal themselves pertaining to the current thought. He never strays far enough off topic to alienate the reader and the text seems to flow just like a real, and intriguing, conversation. While I do not fully concur with all Leckey says in the book he does bring a great amount of knowledge and experience which he presents in a fun and entertaining manner. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in living aboard any sort of boat, especially a sailboat and to anyone simply interested in a good read about life on the sea.

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