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    newbie needs books

    I have no expireince with php or html and I want to make a mp3 site with hundreds of users.. what book should I get??

    just kiddin

    actually I do have a book question though..
    As we all know there are hundreds of posts already on books, however all of hte ones I read on are concernin beggining php and beginer level's where no prev exp. is needed.

    What Im looking for is an advanced book. Maybe with with a good function refrence, a little bit with security and maybe a few miscellaneous tips and tricks covering good database practices...

    any books come into mind?
    I was looking at professional php programming from wrox, but it was using php3

    any ideas?
    If you know of any other posts that involve advanced php books, feel free to just redirect me

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    the new verrsion of that book Pro PHP with PHP4 is out l8r this year i think if ya can hold on, but Pro PHP programmin' is a great book in my eyes

    beachball

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    i got the wrox pro PHP prog book...

    i am a PHP newbie, after doing all ASP for 2+ years...and i don't really like the wrox pro PHP prog book. check out the chapter on arrays, it seems very basic & good, but then just ENDS when it seems like it might get complicated with useful multidimensional, etc. stuff...how about randomly looping thru array items or iterating thru sequentially numbered arrays or spitting out mySQL data w/ arrays, etc...

    it just seems incomplete to me...andi want "deeper" examples. and the indexed words in the back seem to suck, they just don't list alot of items...try "rand()", not even listed under R. wtf ?

    Geoff

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    anyone hear of core Php programming? it looked kinda good
    has a list of all the functions in the back

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    Hi

    I would still recommend Professional PHP from Wrox....
    I know it was written with php3 in mind but it has details about php4 as well..(php4 was in beta when the book was released)

    All in all Pro PHP + a site like sitepoint will easily satisfy the most advanced PHP programmers.

    The best part about the book is the "real world" examples of PHP applications as well as 4 very detailed case studies....
    you won't find any "Hello World" sort of crap programs in this book!!

    It has good chapters about security and XML and LDAP

    All in all i would strongly recommend this book

    Try Amazon.com for a 2nd hand copy....will save you a few bucks

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    does anywone know when hte new prof php4 wrox book comes out?
    If its more than a few months, I might as well get hte current one

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    I would recommend the core php book if you are a beginner or if you need a print version of the php manual.

    I also recommend php developer's cookbook.

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    the core book...

    also, i got the core Php book 1st, then returned it after using / reading it a bit...going back back to the book store, i swapped it for the pro PHP prog wrox book which i think is better despite some of my peeves above. overall, i love the wrox stuff...the ASP books are great & i like how you can just go to their site & download all the code & then reference it by chapter w/ the book, etc...

    Geoff

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    Larry Ullman's PHP For the World Wide Web.
    Covers PHP3 and PHP4.
    Also shows you the basics of html that you need to know to do the php excersises.
    Written specifically for the newbie programmer.
    Pick it up at Barnes & Nobles if theres one around or you could go here to grab it off of amazon.com
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    Not-so-patiently awaiting Harry Potter Book 7 *sigh*

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    The best book is the php manual.. i would download it and take a print out or just run it as a reference on your computer.. its the most upto date and very clear [ at times ]
    i dunno...

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    to a newbie who's never programmed before that site is VERY confusing (trust i know, some of the stuff there still baffles me)
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    Not-so-patiently awaiting Harry Potter Book 7 *sigh*

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    Originally posted by Defender1
    to a newbie who's never programmed before that site is VERY confusing (trust i know, some of the stuff there still baffles me)

    the guy is looking for an advanced book
    i dunno...

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    oh, lol!
    there i go, skipping 90% of the post.
    i read the first paragraph and then replied.
    oops
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