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cam50626
Mar 17, 2006, 07:58 AM
I will be doing php as part of my degree next year.
Can anyone suggest a good book for complete beginners?



Mitthrawnuruodo
Mar 17, 2006, 08:05 AM
O'Reilly's books are normally very good. I've browsed a bit in Learning PHP 5 (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/learnphp5/), and that seems up to normal O'Reilly standard.

But, a couple of follow up questions:
- Are you going to use PHP 4 or 5?
- Are you a complete beginner to web programming in general, or just PHP? (I.e. do you know HTML coding?)

jestershinra
Mar 17, 2006, 08:43 AM
I like the PHP/MySQL Bible. PHP in a Nutshell is decent, probably a second choice.

Mitthrawnuruodo
Mar 17, 2006, 09:03 AM
I like the PHP/MySQL Bible. Yes, I use the PHP Bible (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764549553/sr=8-2/qid=1142607830/ref=pd_bbs_2/002-0651973-2508023?%5Fencoding=UTF8) quite a lot myself. But I'm not sure that's the best for beginners, though, or...?

Almost forgot (it's so obvious to me :o): php.net (http://www.php.net/) is the essential website... :)

jeremy.king
Mar 17, 2006, 12:39 PM
Simple...

PHP and MySQL Web Development (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0672326728/qid=1142630061/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-7124737-0957707?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)

aegisdesign
Mar 17, 2006, 02:26 PM
Simple...

PHP and MySQL Web Development (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0672317842/102-7124737-0957707)

That was published in 2001 and is woefully out of date.

I'd suggest O'Reilly's 'Web Development with PHP and MySQL' 2nd Edition if you want a book that leads you through development of some actual code rather than just a reference manual. IMHO http://www.php.net is enough for reference.

jeremy.king
Mar 17, 2006, 03:15 PM
That was published in 2001 and is woefully out of date.

I'd suggest O'Reilly's 'Web Development with PHP and MySQL' 2nd Edition if you want a book that leads you through development of some actual code rather than just a reference manual. IMHO http://www.php.net is enough for reference.

My bad...bad link

I updated with the 3rd edition - same book :rolleyes:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0672326728/qid=1142630061/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-7124737-0957707?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

savar
Mar 17, 2006, 08:06 PM
The online manual at php.net is very good as well.