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adenrake

I would love some recommendations on what books are most helpful for learning PHP.I know XHTML, CSS, some Javascript. I do know some PHP as well.Also can someone also recommend some books on Advanced PHP, that actually shows how to create a fully functional and somewhat complex website/application. (Like RailSpace does for Ruby on Rails)


alex1985

The good book for learning PHP especially for beginners is PHP for Dummies, http://www.dummies.com/.


jlhaslip

Author: Larry Ullman writes some very good books on Php and MySql.
The beginning book is called "PHP: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Ed.)", and the next one is titled "PHP and MySQL: Visual QuickPro Guide (2nd Ed.)".
There is another one that is for intermediate/advanced users named "PHP 5 Advanced: Visual QuickPro Guide (2nd Ed.)".

He also has a series of books about MySql programming. Very clearly written. Easy to follow.
I have several of them and they are the ones I keep going back to reference when I have a problem.

Information about these books can be found at his web site located at http://www.larryullman.com/ .

Awesome teaching methods and uses real examples. Check with your library, or look them up at a book store near you...


gisellebebegirl

i dont see why you would need a book to learn php or html (: im 16 and i learned it pretty quick.. just through testing stuff out! hahaand my site is fully php now.. it might have some errors.. but it works for me ha!


cooleappie

Why don't you do both? You try something out yourself, and you try to get help from a book.. that's the way I learned it, and I'm still learning The PHP for dummies is indeed a very good book, I used it too, but after a little while you can easily do without, so I would try to borrow it somewhere, maybe by a library, instead of buying it.. just an advice


iGuest

Learning by testing

What Are The Best Books For Learning Php

 

Replying to gisellebebegirl

You say you learned PHP by trying stuff and it "works for you".

But all that means is that it works on one web server (the one you tested on - e.G. Apache?) and in one browser on the client side (e.G. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6?).

 

What happens if your ISP changes to another web server (e.G. IIS)? What happens if your users are using Firefox? Or Safari? or MSIE 5? or MSIE 7?

 

It will break, that's what will happen.

 

That's why you must NEVER "learn" a language just by trial and error. Understand what is SPECIFIED in the language definition. Then, later, you may need to make tweaks for bugs in specific browsers or servers. But you will be doing that from a solid base.

 

The way you have learned it, you are building on quicksand.

 

 

-reply by Nostromo


iGuest

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iGuest

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Athleone

Some good books are Developing PHP Applications for IBM Data Servers Programming PHP A Programmer's Introduction to PHP 4.0 PHP 5 Power Programming Practical PHP ProgrammingHope that helped!


minimcmonkey

Well, when i started learning PHP, I bought a few books on it, the two I found very useful, were The PHP and MySQL bible (Converse & park with Morgan), which is very detailed information about most of the language, and PHP and MySQL web development third edition (Welling Thompson), Which includes many exemples like a forum, which are useful for setting up a large website.Of corse the web is a very helpful resource too, w3schools is a very useful site, and just typing problems into google is very useful.However, I personally often find web tutorials are not detailed enough, and dont explain how things work, or explain in enough detail how to do more useful things with what they teach you to do. But the web is useful for the odd tip.


iGuest

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here is a great book for learning php... Great for begginers...

 

here is a link

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puneye

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CyberWizard

You can check here:

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http://www.downloadfreepdf.com/category/php-ebooks/

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varalu

I would love some recommendations on what books are most helpful for learning PHP.
I know XHTML, CSS, some Javascript. I do know some PHP as well.

Also can someone also recommend some books on Advanced PHP, that actually shows how to create a fully functional and somewhat complex website/application. (Like RailSpace does for Ruby on Rails)


From what I have seen no book explains the complete development or fully functional website. All books do is to give you a basic understanding to get you started in whatever you want to do. Books helps in understanding the framework or the underlying architecture. The only best way to learn or develop a fully functional website or portal is to start working on it by exploring.

Exploring is the first part, where you decide what has to be done, how has to be done, the different technologies that has to be used, how they gets linked, decide on scalability issues, decide on the backend or the client server architecture etc. Once this is done, you have basically crossed a big hurdle.

The next step is to plan as to what exactly has to be done and how. Prioritize the list of tasks that has to be completed...

Learning curve will be very steep in this case. It will also be valuable. This is the way to go about... and i doubt if you will find a book that will explain all the intricacies of developing a fully functional site. Hope this helps.

africa

I've read a couple but the one I found to be THE BEST is:

 

Web Database Application with PHP and MySQL, 2nd Edition

 

By David Lane, Hugh E. Williams

 

It a must-read for anyone starting from scratch!


webishqiptar

There are lots of books on php, but I tried learning from "php by examples" and "Php and Mysql Bible".


iGuest

I would recommend "PHP Objects, Patterns, and Practice by Matt Zandstra" to everyone moving to PHP from another language, or anyone new to OOP. This is the best book on OOP ever, not just on PHP.


iGuest

I can personally recommend PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy. As the title suggests it is more of a solutions based cookbook, but you will learn a lot of techniques to succeed with PHP


iGuest

I agree with the previous comment. My favourite PHP book is PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy



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