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Old Mar 17, 2006, 07:58 AM   #1
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I will be doing php as part of my degree next year.
Can anyone suggest a good book for complete beginners?
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Old Mar 17, 2006, 08:05 AM   #2
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O'Reilly's books are normally very good. I've browsed a bit in Learning PHP 5, 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?)
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Old Mar 17, 2006, 08:43 AM   #3
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I like the PHP/MySQL Bible. PHP in a Nutshell is decent, probably a second choice.
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I like the PHP/MySQL Bible.
Yes, I use the PHP Bible 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 ): php.net is the essential website...
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Old Mar 17, 2006, 12:39 PM   #5
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That was published in 2001 and is woefully out of date.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.
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That was published in 2001 and is woefully out of date.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

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/067...lance&n=283155
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The online manual at php.net is very good as well.
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