One that takes away that "where do i start" and teaches how to approach what you as the reader wants to do with PHP and MySQL for example and not what the authors thinks will be enough to sell another book.
I keep finding books and each ones claims to be a bit better and that it teaches how to build a login and a form blah blah blah and i reach the end of the book and im none the wiser.
I know exactly what i want to build, i mean literally exactly, but to get my head around putting the database together, yes there are books dedicated to MySQL, but ever tried reading a book on MySQL and one on PHP as separate books but needing them at the same time? Reading info on the forums too and trying to retain all of that? Im new to learning PHP and MySQL, it amazes me the amount of books that repeat what is mentioned in the manuals.
So many books listing the individiual parts of the language that still makes it no easier to actually build something.
You will tell me of the books that cover PHP and MySQL together of course, the ones that tell me how it all started, ive read now probably half dozen books that waste pages saying this is how it all started.
Provide a book that doesn't frustrate readers, im frustrated and not through lack of trying to understand, dont put filler in it, dont give me a history of the internet or who were the mates of the creator of PHP or get snobby about certain things or biased towards something.
I and many others want books that dont try and confuse the reader further.
Its no good myself just saying gimme a book of PHP or jQuery or whatever.
Ever read the frustration on amazon? The reviews and how annoyed people are at forking out more money for junk that leaves then no more informed.
So my own request: PHP and MySQL that does what all other previous books fail to do so far.