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    Help going from ASP to PHP

    I need advice for converting my skills to PHP.

    I am a small website developer who does 2-3 sites per month. I develop using Dreamweaver CS3 mainly in ASP/VBScript and usually tie into an Access or MSSQL database. I am proficient with Ajax and Javascript as well. I know that I need to become proficient in PHP as it is in wide use.

    My question is where do I start? I obviously won't convert existing sites, but I would like to start some of my new projects using PHP. Can you please give me direction on where someone with my background should get started. What are some good books? websites? Tutorials?. I'll take the time to learn, I just feel overwhelmed on getting started.

    Thanks!
    Ken

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    SitePoint Wizard cmuench's Avatar
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    Buy the sitepoint book on php/mysql. Its the best book out there I think for developers who just want to get started. And you can download the code and look at working code.

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    I recommend that you start straight away with a framework such as Cakephp. It makes life soo much easier!

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    Theoretical Physics Student bronze trophy Jake Arkinstall's Avatar
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    w3schools.com's php tutorial is a fantastic way to start.

    Quick things first:
    1) Use WAMP rather than manually installing Apache, PHP and MySQL.
    2) Don't learn using a framework! Learn the full programming language - frameworks are definitely not the way to start.
    3) Don't use DreamWeaver in design mode or to generate code for you. Just plain don't. Type it yourself instead, the benefits are endless.
    Jake Arkinstall
    "Sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel;
    Sometimes its enough to make that wheel more rounded"-Molona


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