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    John 8:24 JREAM's Avatar
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    How Many PHP Books Have You Read?

    How Many PHP Books Have You Read?

    If you've read a lot which are your favorites, with a short reason why.

    I'm just very curious :-)

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    Crikey, I must have 5-10 PHP books but have double that in programming methodologies (design patterns, best practices etc..).

    Unfortunately, due to my very short attention span, I seem to get distracted by another more tempting book before I finish the one I'm reading.

    I've only bought these in the last year or so though, so I have plenty of reading to do!

    Favourites? Hmmm...

    Clean Code(Really enjoyed this book, I think I finished this one! Explains best practice in a concise, very engaging and often humorous way.)
    PHP Cookbook(Due to the aforementioned short attention span, it provides very short Problem -> Solution examples which I actually manage to complete.)
    Head First Design Patterns(Very easy to read and surprisingly light on code.)
    PHP in Action(Strictly PHP OO Applications from the ground up.)

    @AnthonySterling: I'm a PHP developer, a consultant for oopnorth.com and the organiser of @phpne, a PHP User Group covering the North-East of England.

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    I've only read one, which sadly I cannot remember what the title is since I've lent it out to my younger brother. Now I use SPF or php.net to help out.

    As soon as I get the book title I'll let you know.

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    How many have I read or how many have I bought?

    hehe [looks around]

    *trivia* I still have "Core PHP Programming" - the very first PHP book published AFAIK.

    11 in total (that I can see here), one, maybe two of those were bargain buckets I just picked up and flicked through.

    Favourite is "PHP in Action", it really is the business.

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    Does the php manual count?

    I read the PHP Anthology from Sitepoint... meh

    Clean code..I'll check into that.

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    Only 2 - one very ancient still written for PHP4, and a newer one from Michael Kofler and Bernd Oggl (I think it wasn't published in English so I cannot give you link).

    But I have read lots of programming documentation for various languages (C, C++ Builder, Assembly, C# and then lots of other computer related stuff like hardware architectures, automatization, microchips etc... the problem is I haven't dugg deeper into many of those so I have only basics) in college and also in free time if that counts

    PHP/MySQL is basically only my free time hobby even though I've gotten pretty serious about it several months ago so I am already probably not a complete newbie.

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    I can't find Clean Code anywhere on the internet. All that comes up is people raving about programming practices. I can't find the book anywhere. Can someone help me out on this one? Thanks in advance.

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    Here you go.

    @AnthonySterling: I'm a PHP developer, a consultant for oopnorth.com and the organiser of @phpne, a PHP User Group covering the North-East of England.

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    Ah, too bad I was hoping to "buy" it [strike]Demonoid doesn't have it[/strike] I can't find a "sample" of the book anywhere.

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    It's well worth the money, in fact, I'd have paid double for it compared with some others!

    You could checkout eBay?
    @AnthonySterling: I'm a PHP developer, a consultant for oopnorth.com and the organiser of @phpne, a PHP User Group covering the North-East of England.

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    PHP5 and mySQL Bible... and it was an interesting read too

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    1. No clue the title, but I read it in 2001 so it's pretty much worthless now.

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    I have 4 PHP books. The first PHP book I read (pretty much from cover to cover) was Larry Ullman PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Websites (it covered PHP3 and 4 and MySQL 3 and 4). This gave me a great foundation for the language. From there I expanded to the SPF and the Sitepoint books Build your Own Database-Driven Website and PHP Anthology. From here this lead onto books of other interest with my most recent delievery of Simply SQL. I am only up to the 3rd chapter so I will be writing my review soon about this book.

    I know I sound like a massive SP advocate, and I am. I think between the hard copies and the PDF's, I have most of the SP library. I have looked around many other resources and sites, but SP seem to have the niche of web development and education, so I just stick with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BJ Duncan View Post
    I have looked around many other resources and sites, but SP seem to have the niche of web development and education, so I just stick with it.
    Don't get me wrong, I really like SitePoint and its books (I have some of them too) but I can't agree they have the niche of the web related books. O'Reilly, APress, New Riders and Wiley have a good number of high quality books in their collections.

    For instance if I took New Riders (as an random example)...

    • Zen of CSS Design
    • (Eric / More Eric) Meyer on CSS
    • Bulletproof (AJAX / Web Design)
    • Designing with Web Standards
    • Elements of User Experience
    • Unusually Useful Web Book
    • Hot Text
    • (Designing / Prioritising) Web Usability
    • Don't Make Me Think!


    I have to say it really is hard to argue with a strong list of titles like that

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    Only ever 1 - The PHP Anthology.
    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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    I just got

    Learning PHP5 by David Sklar (only one finished Downloading)
    Clean Code
    PHP6 A Beginners Guide
    PHP6 and MySQL5 for Dynamic Web Sites

    I'm going all out

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    Theoretical Physics Student bronze trophy Jake Arkinstall's Avatar
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    Considering PHP6 isn't even finished yet, is it really a good idea for people to start writing books on it!?
    Jake Arkinstall
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    Sometimes its enough to make that wheel more rounded"-Molona

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    And think of how long it takes to write a book. I'm starting to wonder if this book might have outdated code or practices Which one should I start with. PHP6 and MySQL5 book, or PHP5 by David Sklar?

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    Theoretical Physics Student bronze trophy Jake Arkinstall's Avatar
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    You should start with the online PHP manual, and learn PHP the right way.

    If you really want a book, get one published since 2007; PHP5.2 was a fairly significant update in terms of the function/object library, and was published late 2006 - so a decent book on it would date 2007 or later.
    Jake Arkinstall
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    1. After that it made me leave PHP.
    Always looking for web design/development work. Willing to do it cheap to build portfolio!

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    Not an intentional plug, but SitePoint's The PHP Anthology (2nd edition) and Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL.

    I've also read (and own) another PHP book, but the exact name escapes me and I don't have to hand at this moment in time. And as aforementioned, the online PHP manual for times of developer's block or just to look something up!
    Newcastle Web Design by MCB Web Design.

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    I'm going to read the manual first and learn what they recommend and so on then I might check out other books. Thanks arkinstall

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    Theoretical Physics Student bronze trophy Jake Arkinstall's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanReese View Post
    1. After that it made me leave PHP.
    What are you referring to?

    And you still have PHP in your sig

    Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL.
    Thats one book I can't stand. I've never read it, but many readers come to these forums and post some really outdated code (@mysql_query etc). I'm not sure if they're reading outdated versions of the book, or all versions are outdated.
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    Sometimes its enough to make that wheel more rounded"-Molona

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    I think Ryan was referring to reading the manual made him leave PHP? According to his last posts he doesn't post in SQL, JavaScript, or Java. Just HTML and CSS then I guess..

    Man this manual has a lot of stuff

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    arkinstall, I know PHP but I don't study it anymore becuase of the book I read...oh god let me do some googling to find the title...I burned the book after reading some of the crap in there. I got it at my library.
    Always looking for web design/development work. Willing to do it cheap to build portfolio!


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