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    SitePoint Addict isuru's Avatar
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    Could people please recommend good PHP/MySQL sites containing tutorials and other learning material. I am in the process of reading Kevin Yanks AWESOME PHP/MySQL tutorial and it is very good. Are there anymore good tutorials like that one?

    Also could people recommend a good semi-beginners PHP book? (I already know most of the basics so im looking for a semi beginners book )

    The best MySQL book seems to "MySQL" by Paul Dubois. Any other good MySQL books?

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    Sites
    - http://www.php.net
    - http://www.phpbuilder.com
    - http://www.phpboards.com (small)
    - http://www.hotscripts.com/PHP/Tips_and_Tutorials/


    Books
    Beginning PHP 4
    - http://www.hotscripts.com/Detailed/7824.html

    PHP Essentials
    - http://www.hotscripts.com/Detailed/4482.html

    Professional PHP Programming (I own this one)
    - http://www.hotscripts.com/Detailed/3471.html

    SAMS Teach Yourself PHP4 in 24 Hours (I love SAMS!)
    - http://www.hotscripts.com/Detailed/6325.html

    Web Application Development With PHP4
    - http://www.hotscripts.com/Detailed/6326.html


    I hope those help!

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    I am 1/2 way through Kevins Tutorial and have just bought the Wrox book "Professional PHP programming" Its the best server side book I have ever rread (not that far through though), but at the moment it is making things crystal clear)

    I will in the future always look to wrox for my books...
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    Thanks a lot for the links.

    I was wondering with the Professional PHP Programming book is it really advanced or just a little advanced (would I be able to understand it after reading Kevins tutorial?)

    Ive heard a lot of good things about Wrox books. I am currently reading Beginning ASP 3.0 by Wrox and it is pretty good but it does get confusing at times

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    Originally posted by isuru
    Thanks a lot for the links.

    I was wondering with the Professional PHP Programming book is it really advanced or just a little advanced (would I be able to understand it after reading Kevins tutorial?)
    Glad to help.

    If you've read through a decent amount of Kevin's tutorial, you'll definitely find Professional PHP Programming highly useful. I personally use it as a reference more than anything else, but if you've got some time on your hands, you can sit down and focus solely on it, and get a lot done.

    Fine book, but not recommended for anyone without a solid grasp on PHP.



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    I actually ound the php pro book good even for a beginner.. If you have started Kevin's tutorial then you'll be fine...

    It does start off VERY basic..
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    Hi,

    You may also want to check out the PHP 101 tuturial at DevShed whih can be found at: http://www.devshed.com/Server_Side/PHP/PHP101_1/

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    hi

    In addition to the items mentioned by TWTCommish, I have a copy of, and use:

    Core PHP Programming by Leon Atkinson

    The copy I have is the original and does not cover php4 but the newer release does.

    I met Leon at a meeting of the php user group in San Francisco and this is a guy who truely "walks the walk". Like so many of us in this forum, he is truely an advocate for php.

    I used it with Kevin's tutorial. The two togeather and a few questions to the forrum.

    peace

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    isuru,

    Even though they are a little dated I like the webmonkey tutorials alot. There's a bunch of good stuff, both databases and PHP (what's one without the other ...)
    http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey

    TWTCommish, great links I bookmarked ALL of them. However, one thing that I don't recommend unless you already know pretty good PHP is the PHP Manual (it's mirrored at a ton of sites). I'm currently trying to learn PHP and yes it does help but not for learning. It's basically good for copy-pasting code and stuff from.

    Good luck though!

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    hi

    just one more thing.

    for me, the ideal is something like i did with mySQL. I bought the duBois book and i joined this merry band.

    the book is fantastic.

    but the forums move through the twists and turns to meet the customer expectations.

    kinda like the reef is the task. the lighthouse is the book and the light and lens is the forum (you, me, us).

    peace

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    Yup, the manual is totally for reference - it's no way to do anything other than just learn one command, or look something up.

    However, simply making use and toying around with the commands you find there will train you to remember them - I find it happens to me when I least expect it.

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    Guess I should mention http://www.zend.com, I don't know if there are any difference between php.net and zend.com (php ref.) but at least you should know its existence!!

    I got the PHP Prof. Prog. when viewing some review on Amazon, and I think the title might not be what it is!
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    Why so? I'd say that if you know most of what's inside that book, you can probably call yourself an expert on the subject by almost anyone's standards.

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    No, what I mean is before you take the book, and it's like the target of the book!
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    The only reason I'm in this biz is because of the WebMonkey tutorials, I read the first one then blagged my first ever programming job by telling the client that I could write him a search engine no problems (I'd barely printed out variables from a form at this time - but I could program in other languages). I found http://www.php.net/manual/ to be the most useful resource of the lot on the web, I didn't buy a book, but since then my biz partner has bought Professional PHP Programming and I have had a quick flick through - It is the best PHP book by far.
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    I got the PHP 4 Bible about two weeks ago and it is fantastic. Funny, informative, helpful and just plain good reading.

    I heartily recommend it, especially if you're a PHP novice like myself.
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    Thanks Guys, these are excellent suggestions. Looks like I'll probably hold onto my cash until a good book on PHP4 comes out (no point getting a PHP3 book when PHP4's just come out).

    The websites suggested are all great. I've already printed some stuff off the Webmnkey and Devshed sites.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Kevin's tutorial is great. A book I also highly recommend is "PHP fast & easy web development". It is written by Julie C. Meloni. Also comes with a CD which includes Apache Web Server, PHP4 and MySQL.

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    A great way to learn any language, especially an open source one, is to look at programs already written in that language.

    Why not download a few simple scripts from -
    - http://www.php.resourceindex.com
    - http://www.hotscripts.com

    They are the two best, i think
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