That course looks very Zend Framework oriented, which is nice if a potential employer uses ZF, but almost useless if they use Code Igniter.
As for books, I have one PHP book: the PHP4 bible. Yes, it’s old.
After programming PHP for one year, I thought I was good at it.
Now, after using PHP for 6 years, I know I was not very good at it at all.
Getting to be good at PHP takes a while. I know it’s the same old advice, but just keep practicing. Having read some of your posts here over the last couple of months, I think you’re doing quite well for someone who’s only been working at it for a year.
True. Still, I do take zend as a “almost” standard due to the company close connection with php.
Still (again), I should focus more on better understand design patterns and php, so that I can easily switch framweworks in the future.
Do you consult it one in a while? Or have you read it like, start to finish?
Or, have you study it? (take notes, do the exercises etc…?) (time consuming)
So, no books for keep me on track? I just want to relieve you for my endless questions. At least partially.
I do have:
PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites
(it’s ok… but… I miss “the way the code should be organized” and other newbie questions that are not entirely related with pure code".
PHP the good parts (I see it once in a while).
Pro PHP: Patterns, Frameworks, Testing and More (too advanced for me).
None. I have several however.
Actually, that is another question:
Where/how to read them?
Neither we can read a little each night before we sleep, because we cannot test the code or something that, sometimes, those books request; And we cannot read them while we working because when we do so, we are doing very specific work, that almost never will correspond to what the book exemplifies.
A question for the forum:
How/Where do you read those kind of books?
What kind of level? Those books I get are either absolute newbie targeted or expert targeted. ( political tone goes in: ) What about we, the ascending newbies? The newbies that like to play with PDO, that like to complicate on propose? What about the newbies that, even for small projects, like to structure them on a OOP way, the best they can, and newbies that like to use filter functions for validation… we that, do not get satisfied with “but this works!” ?
Either I see books that talk about design patterns and unit testing in a way that we should already know what they are, and it teach us only how to properly “play” with them.
Either I found books that talk about how do we declare a variable, what is a function… etc… it’s important… I get that… but I need the “connection stuff” - hard to explain - .
Any intermediate level book, or a “good all picture for newbie book” that you may suggest ?
(I hate this question, because it will normally be replied with a dozens of books, but if we can read and understand what I’ve wrote above, maybe they are not that many?)