Learning PHP...?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by DesignIt, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. DesignIt macrumors member

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    Does anybody have any recommendations for Intro type books for learning PHP? I mean, something that really explains the concepts of what php is for designer types like myself. =)

    I mean, I look at php and it looks like a foreign language to me. hee hee Ok, sorry for the sad attempt at humor. =)

    I was leaning toward the "dummies guide..." for php at the moment. Any opinions on this book?
     
  2. nightelf macrumors 6502

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    I read "PHP and MySQL Development" from Luke Welling and Laura Thomson.

    Also check tutorials and sites like W3Schools.com.

    I would recommend you to activate PHP and Apache in your Mac. To activate PHP you need to modify 1-2 files only. For Apache turn on Personal Web Sharing. Try the codes you read, and experiment with them.
     
  3. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    I recommend PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Websites. This book took me from the stage you are in now (thinking PHP looks like a foreign language) to creating PHP sites and selling them to clients. Highly recommended. Use the internet as a resource as well, after you get some of the basics down.
     
  4. DesignIt thread starter macrumors member

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    Just curious, what files do modify?

    Thanks! :D
     
  5. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816

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    Instead of modifying files, download MAMP and drag it to your applications folder. Now open it up and it'll start an apache server with PHP4/5 support and a MySQL db already set up. By far the easiest method I've come across to date.
     
  6. nightelf macrumors 6502

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    You uncomment 2 lines in /etc/httpd/httpd.config to enable PHP, but probably is easier and safer to install MAMP.
     
  7. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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  8. purplelizzard macrumors newbie

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    If you need any help, feel free to contact me and I'll do my best, I'm not great at PHP, but I can try to help.
     

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