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    What Books would you recommand?

    I willing to learn PHP, but have no idea how to start.
    Could you please recommand some books to me, for a starter

    Thanks

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    Sitepoints own Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL has got much positive feedback.
    The bad thing is that the 2nd edition is sold out, so you'll have to wait for a new 3rd edition. New edition will be ready within the end of this month. That edition will also cover PHP5.

    -Helge

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    It's intimidating to try to learn a new language, isn't it?

    I have three suggestions:


    If I were you, I'd start out with Kevin's book, and I'd read the other two after that -- you won't remember much syntax, which is fine, but you'll have an idea of what the language can do and how it "works", which will make your life much easier.

    I haven't read it in its entirety (only the sample chapters), but Harry Fuecks' PHP Anthology, published by SitePoint, looks excellent. I would recomment reading that as soon as you understand the basics; it will keep you from developing many of the bad habits PHP developers learn from other books (like, I'll admit, the first two I mentioned, though they're still good introductory texts).

    Just get a little bit each time, read the forums here, and get the PHP Anthology once you know the basics; you should be fine.

    (PS -- The selection of more advanced books is much better. Come back again when you want theory rather than the basics!)

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    Oh, another suggestion (though it's not a book...): from now on, look at each and every PHP script you come across. A number (perhaps the majority?) will be very badly written, but if you can read other people's code, it'll be much easier to write your own.

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    Willingness is good. There are other means of making people learn PHP, butwillingness always helps. Kevin's book is the way I got started back when it was an online tutorial series before it became the best selling book.

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    Thanks for the Replies guys, I will look into them

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    There are other means of making people learn PHP
    Are we talking about forms of torture here?
    Laws are like sausages. You have much more respect for them if you haven't actually seen how they're made.

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    I actually learned with Sams PHP, MySQL and Apache.

    Right now I am going through Sitepoint's PHP Anthology and I would recommend it after you get your feet on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helge
    Sitepoints own Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL has got much positive feedback.
    Agreed. If you like to have both code syntax and examples, there's plenty of both in Kevin's book. In my opinion, it's the perfect book for someone just starting out learning PHP.
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    As a php newcomer I heartily recommend (as have others here) reading the books by Harry Fuecks and Kevin Yank. I own them both, and found them to be most helpful.

    If you find that you want to learn even more, you can move on to George Schlossnagle's Advanced PHP Programming, which I have also found helpful (although difficult for me at this stage).

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