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    Best PHP Books

    So I have read or own every Sitepoint book on PHP, have read Larry Ullmans book on PHP and MySQL, what is the book or books to read next?

    I am thinking either Larry Ullmans advanced PHP5 or the O'reilly PHP Programming book. I would like to start thinking about studying towards the Zend certificate.

    Can anyone suggest their recommendations for PHP books.

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    Are you interested by OOP programming, and want to learn how to do it well, or just enough to pass your Zend Cert?

    The Zend Certification study guide book is probably a must for you all the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee View Post
    Advanced PHP Programming
    by George Schlossnagle
    Though of buying this one, looked at it in a bookshop and decided that it's not worth the paper its written on...
    Most of the "techniques" are typical, boring, you can get those to know by just searching the internet and read blogs... don't have to spend money for those information

    Well, maybe I was just too good at that point of time, so the book was for someone being not as experienced as I, but I recommend to take a look at a book before you buy it, especially because there is a lot of crap around and computer books are expensive by default~

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    How well do you know PHP5?

    If you are you a recent convert from PHP4 ... then I can recommend Upgrading to PHP5 by Trachtenberg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee View Post
    Being new to PHP (and OOP) I'm reading the above two mentioned, along with this one. I'm not sure if they pass the GhostGambler approval test, but I've found them handy.

    The big thing is to use what you learn. The more you work with it, the better you understand it. And ask here when you need help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chousho View Post
    Being new to PHP (and OOP) I'm reading the above two mentioned, along with this one. I'm not sure if they pass the GhostGambler approval test, but I've found them handy.
    What are your thoughts on the Professional PHP5 Programmer book so far?

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    I don't know which O'Reilly book you are looking at but do not get Learning PHP and MySQL. It was very poorly edited. The examples are not only full of code errors but basic logic errors.

    It is very frustrating when they say "Copy this code and you should see X" but what you see is "Y" or nothing at all.


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