First off I am a complete novice to HTML and custom web design, I say custom because I have used Drupal once where I built a very basic plugin powered forum!
I noticed the 5 for 1 sale at sitepoint and so bought the following books:
Database driven website using PHP & MySQL
JQuery Novice to Ninja
The PHP Anthology
Simply Rails 2
Linux (RedHat Enterprise & CentOS - Linux is no problem) // Basic Apache // SQL Server 2000/2005/2008 // basic Perl (custom Nagios scripts mostly) // shell scripting // basic C# // Infrastructure i.e SAN’s, Virtualisation, Windows cluster etc etc
Close to NIL experience:
I’ve dedicated 2010 for studying hard (mostly in the development area) and PHP & MySQL have been two subjects I have wanted to pick up for a long while; so I have started reading this Sitepoint book first (book # 1 - half way through) and so far so good, really enjoying it and learning loads.
I have installed VMware on my rig and have a couple of Linux servers with MySQL and Apache as my lab.
My question is this:
I have an idea for a website that I wish to design (completely customized) that will integrate with MySQL, it needs to be both statistically useful (graphs which can be user controlled // generated on the fly, hence PHP // MySQL, this will come from data polled from several sites on the internet which uses Perl to load into MySQL) and look really really impressive…
In what order (read book 1 first, then jquery, then ruby etc) based on my experience (and lack of in the HTML world) should I read the books I have purchased? I’m also thinking of a second 5 for 1 purchase and looking for recommendations as to my next 5 books with a final order of study that would give me the best “ladder up” from novice to as close to expert as I can get.
Thanks all - much appreciate any input you can provide