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    What book would you recommend for someone with absolutely no programming experience?

    (I might not be able to reply to this message.)

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    "Begining PHP" by Wrox press
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    Thank You.

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    Or PHP essentials by Julie Meloni - it's the one I'm reading now (I'm a newbie)

    I find it EXTREMELY easy to understand - Wonderful book.
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    Professional PHP programming... thats the best
    i dunno...

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    I agree with kunal's selection... Although it doesn't cover some of the new PHP4 features.

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    SitePoint Wizard westmich's Avatar
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    Originally posted by kunal
    Professional PHP programming... thats the best
    Is that also by Wrox press?

    Wrox tends to publish begining level and professional leve books. The begining level do a great job of teaching new concepts for absolute beginners, but are still useful enough to used as a reference books unlike the 24 hour/21 day books. Whereas, their professional level books are intended for people who are already skilled in a given subject and need advanced material.
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    yup.. its by wrox... its a good reference guide.. saves a lot of time if you dunnno how to do something
    i dunno...

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    I am an absolute beginner. I want to learn PHP so maybe I can write my own scripts for my web site, eventually.

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll keep them in mind.


    Are these forums buggy or something? I tried to quote westmich and couldn't.

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    Put my vote down for PHP Essentials - very easy going but it teaches you some very powerful concepts (there's a full case study on how to build and develop a fuly database driven e-commerce catalogue site complete with shopping basket).

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    The very first book I got was Core PHP Programming. Between that book, the php website, and the mailing list I was able to learn a lot.

    I think books are a good starting point (I own six just on PHP), but you will need to find good website (like this one) to help you out as you go along. The php mailing list archive is one of my favorites, because sometimes you can find the anwer to your question without posting it to the list.

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    Originally posted by zoordaan: The php mailing list archive is one of my favorites, because sometimes you can find the anwer to your question without posting it to the list.




    Where is this mailing list?

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    This is the url for the php-general archive http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=php-general&r=1&w=2


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