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Old 14-11-2009, 14:12   #1
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Good books for starting with PHP?

Just in case Santa needs to get me a book or two, anyone recommend a good PHP learning book for the PHP novice?

Getting tired of always getting other people to spot my errors.
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Old 14-11-2009, 14:21   #2
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I'd recommend looking in your local library(ies) first. They have loads of PHP books, and once you've found a good one, you can buy it cheap from Amazon. Because its 'old' technology, the library usually has a good stock of these sort of books. I'd recommend looking in a couple of libraries too, as they all obviously stock different books.

Bizarrely, you can pick up dirt cheap books from the US suppliers on Amazon. They get rid of their books for a couple of dollars, then you only pay a couple of quid shipping. I was buying way too many books this way! Can pick up some great bargains. Its worth a risk getting PHP books this way (most have reviews too) although you do have to wait a while for delivery (4 to 6 weeks for example).
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I recommend Sitepoint's Build Your Own Database Driven Website with PHP and MySQL. And a good reference book to go with it would be a good idea. Can't think of one to recommend though.
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i got one of those PHP reference books from o'riely its small and just the size i need to lookup something that i need to do in a more language specific way since i've been programming for years its more the 'how do i do this in x language' that i need than some teach yourself guide that spends 1/2 the book explaining something like what a loop is etc
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As a reference I just use the CHM help file from the PHP.Net website which is easy to search through.

Actually I'd say an additional Adobe version of whatever book you get would be invaluable as it's much easier to search through.
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i got one of those PHP reference books from o'riely its small and just the size i need to lookup something that i need to do in a more language specific way since i've been programming for years its more the 'how do i do this in x language' that i need than some teach yourself guide that spends 1/2 the book explaining something like what a loop is etc
As it stands , I get passed php files that I link to with HTML. In 6 months I'd really live to do the whole thing so a proper novice book seems more applicable.

Thanks for the answers so far guys. Keep em comin.
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Old 14-11-2009, 19:26   #7
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As it stands , I get passed php files that I link to with HTML. In 6 months I'd really live to do the whole thing so a proper novice book seems more applicable.

Thanks for the answers so far guys. Keep em comin.
perhaps a big fat book to get things started and a skinny one that just references the commands for when you almost know what you're doing and just cant remember what that last parameter was for the command, but recommending books for programming is almost a black art since you never know how much the other person has picked it up and one book can seem too simple and the other one can seem to start on how to reprogram a mainframe in java using card punch
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I'd recommend getting a book that will teach you how best to write the php - I taught myself a few years ago by writing a website from scratch - it works fine, but the code is butt-ugly!
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I learned from Larry Ullman's PHP book. Brilliant starting point and it has given me a sound base to take into Rails and other things. Can't recommend it more highly.
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I learned from Larry Ullman's PHP book. Brilliant starting point and it has given me a sound base to take into Rails and other things. Can't recommend it more highly.
I was looking at that one at the weekend. Don't think Santa will mind Ł15 either.
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