I am interested in learning PHP/ MySql. I have found its easiest for me to learn from the structure of a book vs looking through hundreds or tutorials online. A friend of mine leant me Practical PHP and MySQL, but I do not like the way the author covers material in his book. There is too much emphasis on the "practical" side of things, especially for a beginner. It feels he jumps into coding too early without providing enough foundation. In high school I took one year of Java, so I understand programming basics, but in terms of PHP I know very little so I am a complete beginner to the language itself. Does any one have a recommendation on a good book for beginners trying to learn PHP and MySql?