Jump to content


Good Programming and Web Design Books

  • Please log in to reply
88 replies to this topic

#21 Learner

  • New Members
  • Pip
  • Newbie
  • 5 posts

Posted 14 July 2006 - 11:47 PM

Hello Guys -
My First Post To PHPFreaks!

I was reading this thread and find it very useful for anybody whose going to start learning PHP.

I am a Flash and 3d related guy - But I am really very interested in learning PHP and using that in making dynamic sites and many type of online works.

I have not even a single idea about the language just read some first lessons of w3schools and I am ready to start learning PHP.

Where should I start and what should I do - many more questions in my mind and I hope you can understand that newbie's ques and answer me in detail.

Thanks Again,

#22 Chetan

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • Advanced Member
  • 162 posts
  • LocationIndia

Posted 31 July 2006 - 06:11 PM

I started with PHP in easy steps (good for a newbie)
and then now i use
PHP cook book to get to know things i dont already know like some libraries and stuff
I am a PHP Guru, ask me questions if you want to

#23 rcharris

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • Member
  • 14 posts

Posted 03 September 2006 - 09:01 AM

Any Larry Ullman book does the trick for me ;)


#24 ataria

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • Advanced Member
  • 179 posts

Posted 03 September 2006 - 02:13 PM

I just bought...  Sams Teach Yourself - PHP, MySQL, and, Apache.
I think it's good so far.

#25 kksou

  • New Members
  • Pip
  • Newbie
  • 7 posts

Posted 18 September 2006 - 09:40 AM

How about PHP-GTK books?  The only one that turns up on Amazon/Borders is written in Portugese...  there must be some more out there somewhere!  I've had a hard time even finding many (good) tutorials on the web, other than your standard "Hello, World!"

Scott Mattocks has written a great book on PHP-GTK: Pro PHP-GTK. It's in English.

If you are loooking for tutorials and sample codes on PHP-GTK, here are two:

#26 Tracekill

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • Member
  • 12 posts

Posted 21 September 2006 - 06:46 AM

I know my word really doesn't mean much around here, being a noobie and all but I really found this list a helpful resource and immediately proceeded to purchase every book mentioned off of Amazon. I needed something to do with a several hundred dollar gift card there anyway.  :-\

#27 neylitalo

  • Staff Alumni
  • Advanced Member
  • 1,854 posts
  • LocationMichigan, USA

Posted 24 September 2006 - 06:39 PM

I know my word really doesn't mean much around here, being a noobie and all but I really found this list a helpful resource and immediately proceeded to purchase every book mentioned off of Amazon. I needed something to do with a several hundred dollar gift card there anyway.  :-\

You probably purchased ((total books) - 1) books too many. One book is all you need, and the manual will take over from there.
http://nealylitalo.net - My personal website, and home of The Netizen's Journal.

#28 KevinM1

  • Moderators
  • Snarkimus Prime
  • 5,248 posts

Posted 26 September 2006 - 04:35 PM

I have the Peachpit/Larry Ullman book, so I'm curious to know what the OP meant by 'old syntax' and if anyone can provide me with examples of what the (apparent) new standard is now.

Thanks :)
Using 'global' is a sign of doing it wrong

#29 nickholt1972

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • Advanced Member
  • 30 posts
  • LocationBury, Lancs, UK

Posted 02 October 2006 - 12:20 PM

I swear by the Sitepoint books.

Build your own Database using PHP and MySQL was my first introduction to PHP and MySQL and is a superb book

There's also the PHP Anthology (2 volumes)

and this one I haven't got
No Nonsense XML Web Development With PHP

Nick Holt - Future Guru

#30 AliasXNeo

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • Member
  • 11 posts

Posted 08 October 2006 - 03:42 AM

Advanced PHP Programming

A must read for a true PHP programmer. It goes over design patterns, core PHP 5 techniques, and much much more. I thought I had nothing more to learn about PHP, then I read this book, definently proved me wrong. It runs about $49.99 on shelves, $32.99 on Amazon. A+ on this book :)

#31 Arnold_26

  • New Members
  • Pip
  • Newbie
  • 8 posts
  • LocationManila, Philippines

Posted 25 November 2006 - 08:59 AM

I'm using PHP and MySQL Web Development 3rd edition.

By Luke Welling and Laura Thomson

Project: Game developing

#32 Flowdy

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • Advanced Member
  • 37 posts
  • LocationEngland, United Kingdom

Posted 26 November 2006 - 01:43 PM

Am new to PHP and i decided to order a book as i knew VERY little about PHP and i mean very little, I looked at a number of books and i decided and ordered.

Beginning PHP and MySQL 5 - From Novice to Professional. (second edition) by W. Jason Gilmore

And i have learnt alot so far and am only on page 61 out of nearly 1000.

#33 JayBachatero

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • Advanced Member
  • 296 posts
  • LocationQueens NY

Posted 12 December 2006 - 05:01 AM

Flowdy I have that book and I think its great.  I was actually able to understand the OOP concept a bit more.  I can't seem to get OOP still :(
SMF Developer && Converter Specialist

#34 Ninjakreborn

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • 3,922 posts
  • Age:33

Posted 07 February 2007 - 10:01 PM


I just wanted to throw that out there.  Every single book that is mentioned in this post is fully accessible on that site.  If you pay for unlimited access, you can keep note's, bookmark's, save books in the bookshelves, get tokens monthly for downloading chapters. 

I use to buy hardback cover's of everything, however when I got htis (it actually has every oriely book created, plus one's from many other developers.  Every language, every skill, pretty much any topic related to technology or any book about technology.  All at one place, this is where I spend all my extra "study" time.  Reading book after book here, or downloading chapters for my laptop to study in my spare time.

Just advice for those looking for books.


Business Website: http://www.infotechnologist.biz

Personal Website: http://www.joyelpuryear.com

Blog Site: http://www.realmofwriting.com
Services: Web development, application development, mobile development, and custom development. All services listed on my website.

#35 dustinnoe

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • Advanced Member
  • 187 posts
  • LocationWarner Robins, GA

Posted 16 February 2007 - 06:33 PM

Not exactly PHP but I think "MySQL Cookbook" is great to have on the shelf.

#36 johng

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • Advanced Member
  • 69 posts

Posted 19 February 2007 - 06:01 PM

I know it was posted a while ago, but I got the PHP Black Book, and it is ok, but not great.  There is a lot of editorializing.  It was pretty good, but it doesn't seem like it is very comprehensive. 

There are topics as simple as radio buttons and checkboxes and text boxes that hardly get any pages.  Maybe I need something a lot more basic, because it says it is for "intermediate to advanced" users.  But it seems like there should be more about those simple topics. 

I got it at Half Price books for about $7, so it was well worth it for me, because I have used it as a reference guide for several things.  But I am definately going to look into getting a different book.

#37 joder

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • Advanced Member
  • 31 posts

Posted 23 February 2007 - 06:18 AM

I started out with Sams PHP MySQL Apache All in One. It was okay for the very basics. I have tried several more over the years. Core Web Application Development With PHP and MySQL and Web Database Application with PHP and MySQL (both are not good IMO). Programming PHP seems to best cover the basics. Learning PHP 5 is good but is more of a cookbook.

My favorites are both from Wrox. PHP5, Apache, MYSQL Web Development for the basics and Professional PHP5 for the OOP.

Other good ones are PHP in a Nutshell and PHP Cookbook. Both from Oreilly. Web Database Application with PHP and MySQL is one of the few Oreilly books I haven't liked and I have many.

#38 oron

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • Member
  • 11 posts

Posted 17 August 2007 - 09:10 AM

stay away from the 'visual quickstart guides' (peachpit press) - it seems they write books a few years behind everyone else!

Dang Mine is Visual Quickstart Guide :/

#39 LiamProductions

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • Advanced Member
  • 496 posts

Posted 17 August 2007 - 03:30 PM

I've got the book

Sams teach you PHP 4 and Mysql in 24 hours

Just looking at it looks great, teaches you everything... well not everything...

In this hour, Your going to get your hands dirty with some of the nuts and bolts in the language

#40 TheFilmGod

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • Advanced Member
  • 1,941 posts
  • LocationNew Jersey

Posted 17 August 2007 - 11:31 PM

Not exactly PHP but I think "MySQL Cookbook" is great to have on the shelf.

Worse book in the world. Has nothing to do with php what so ever. It has everything but the things you will use.

PHP and Mysql by Example

is a good book!
The future is here.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users