Time for another Laravel cookbook. I am writing one of these, so perhaps I’m over-sensitive to some of the faults because I’ve seen them in my own work. Whatever.
I received a free copy of this book, to review.
This is another Laravel 4 cookbook, demonstrating how to build a number of projects. The chapters are significantly longer than the previous Packt Laravel cookbook I reviewed, more in line with my book. Consequently, you can linger in tasks and really get to grips with the teaching. It’s still reference, but it’s the kind of reference you will need access to if you forget minutia of what you learned by first going through it.
I too have been guilty of these things, but that’s where the technical reviewer needs to step in and point out unfair expectations.
There are many comments, within the code listings of this book. That would be hugely beneficial if not for the complete lack of syntax highlighting. What should help tends to fill the screen in confusing monochrome. While we’re on the subject, take a look at this example from the second chapter…
This illustrates the problem with omitting syntax highlighting. I know template code leans towards being a mess in a book, but the insane level of indentation and monochrome presentation are enough to make me want to skip code listings altogether.