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#1 steveejay_1

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Posted 17 June 2006 - 12:44 PM

Hi.

I'm a baby at this PHP stuff and was wondering if you guys could give me some direction on a good php book for "beginners".

Thanks.

#2 AndyB

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Posted 17 June 2006 - 12:55 PM

Whatever books get recommended, be aware that it takes a long time to author and publish a book. Many books contain outdated code which is more likely to frustrate than educate.
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#3 Honoré

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Posted 17 June 2006 - 01:17 PM

There are a lot of good books on PHP available.
As my daily reference manual I use the on-line PHP manual at [a href=\"http://www.zend.com/manual\" target=\"_blank\"]http://www.zend.com/manual[/a] .
A good tutorial for learning how to use PHP to get basic web sites running is "Core PHP Programming" by Leon Atkinson.
Tips and trick on "how to" in PHP4 and PHP5 are found in the "PHP Phrasebook" by Christian Wenz.
And why not prepare yourself for the Zend PHP Cetification exam with "Zend PHP Certification Study Guide" by Zend Technologies?
Finally, did you ever envisage the development of desktop applications with PHP? The book "Pro PHP-GTK" by Scott Mattocks will put you on the road.

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Posted 17 June 2006 - 02:18 PM

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great book.

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 05:16 AM

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Can't agree more. Larry's books are good. You can find the basic edition, Advanced Edition and a combined PHP and MySQL. Much as I agree with AndyB that many books contain outdated code which is more likely to frustrate than educate, there are, however, forums for these books that answer questions posed from the them.

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#6 steveejay_1

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 09:12 AM

Thanks guys. I'll have a look at Larry Ullmans book. Did a search on amazon for it and feedback was excellent. I'm sure I'll be back with more questions. Until then. [img src=\"style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/huh.gif\" style=\"vertical-align:middle\" emoid=\":huh:\" border=\"0\" alt=\"huh.gif\" /]

#7 Koobi

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 01:36 PM

maybe this thread will help?
[a href=\"http://www.phpfreaks.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=58799\" target=\"_blank\"]Good PHP Books, Recommended Books[/a]


you could probably find exactly what you want on the web though, if you know what you're looking for :)




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