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    What's the best way YOU learn/improve PHP?

    Since PHP is not like standard school work I was curious how other people go about getting better with PHP. I find it difficult to just read a book and know it until I practice it.

    So for me, the #1 way is to read, practice by creating a miniature project. I've also found a lot of help on these forums when I'm stuck.

    I'd like to continue getting better, but some books are still too difficult so I'd like to see how others learn. Also, have you taken any PHP classes, or do you go to PHP meetups?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JREAM View Post
    So for me, the #1 way is to read, practice by creating a miniature project. I've also found a lot of help on these forums when I'm stuck.
    Exactly
    Also, have you taken any PHP classes, or do you go to PHP meetups?
    No

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    I started with a book you can get from Sitepoint by Kevin Yank

    Database driven website here. If I had an issue the forums are a great resource.

    Have fun

    Keith

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    Make websites.

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    I started the same as you, reading books and using forums (mainly this one actually). Set up WAMP/XAMPP on your own machine and practice!

    PHP.net is an excellent resource if you're stuck, or looking for a better way to do something.

    I believe the best way to learn is just to practice with practical projects. I've learned more in 2 years of work than I did in 4 years of university. It helps working with others who know different aspects of PHP, as you all learn from each other.

    Also, be open-minded. A few years ago I was set in my ways with procedural programming, until I started my job and was pushed into OO. Now I can't imagine writing PHP without OO.

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    Excellent post W1LL Thanks!


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