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    Learning php??????
    I am interested in learning php, can anyone tell me what is the best resource for me to start with? I understand html, and hand write all my pages. Iíve viewed some info on php and understand some of the basics, $ for variables and such. Iím looking for a well written book, or site that will help me completely understand php.

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    I recommend Beginning PHP4 by Choi, Kent, Lea, Prasad and Ullman.

    But let me preface this by saying this is a great reference book for me. In learning php I read this book, over 700 pages, twice, cover to cover and still had no clue as to how to make php work. It was not until I actuall put into practice the sample programs they list that I started to understand it.

    Frankly, I have not looked at it in two years. When I need a suggestion for a php item, I search the internet or ask here.

    PHP has been both a Godsend and a monkey on my back. But I am certainly glad I understand enough of the basics to put datafeed information on my sites.

    It is not a quick learining process, to be sure.
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    Thanks 7-days, I'll check it out. I know I'm sure I'm in for a lot of work.

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    This site was a tremendous help to me. Explains PHP in a language that non-techie people can understand.
    http://www.hudzilla.org/phpbook/
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    Thanks Haiko and suzie! I have a lot of studying to go do! Feel like I'm back in High School again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haiko de Poel, Jr.
    This is a very good book. Maybe instead of trying to learn it all, fingure out what you want to and learn how to do that. With my first PHP site, I wanted to load a datafeed into a mysQL database and display products using PHP. So, I learned just how to do those 2 things and have been improving my skill ever since. Dreamweaver with the phakt extension is also very helpful.
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    I also used the SitePoint book to teach myself php. Book sits on my desk within my reach as well. Also bought their CSS book which helped me tons too.

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    this is a great site:
    http://www.tizag.com/phpT/

    If you get into it I recommend reading it most of the way through in one sitting to really get the feel for what they are talking about. Once you have the basic concept you will probably find the tutorial books to have an easier learning curve.

    If you are pretty code savy already go here: http://www.zend.com/php/beginners/index.php

    Warning it is a little dense

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    One thing you might want to try is to download a few pre-fabricated PHP scripts that you can use and modify them. Not only do you have plenty of code to reference for how-to's, but you can accomplish something practical while you're learning. Whenever I learn a new programming language I start with a popular piece of code and build onto it. Back when the net was run by perl I used wwwboard to learn perl. Just by hacking that code to bits and making it my own I learned enough to build anything in perl.

    Code snippets are another good way to go. You can usually view the code online in text format. Bookmark a few good snippets and you'll have some great references for accomplishing particular tasks.

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    Wow! Thank all of you for the great advice and resources! Itís time for me to get to work.

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    TTW,

    I have the SitePoint's book, very helpful and will get you going.
    Just a tip, if you're going to buy it:
    Buy.com has it for $25.17 w/free shipping compared to publisher's $39.95 plus shipping.
    The ISBN is: 0975240218

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    php and mysql web development by Luke Welling - really thick book but that's how I started. Warning, when I bought it (a few years back), some of the code in there was buggy - not sure if they re-released it in later editions to iron out the bugs. Sitepoint books are usually quite good - the CSS one I got from them was a gem.

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    Thanks everyone for all the great info! I purchased SitePoint's book, as soon as Buy.com gets it here I will begin. I sure hope the comish tracks, it did last time I got stuff from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trying to Win
    Thanks everyone for all the great info! I purchased SitePoint's book, as soon as Buy.com gets it here I will begin. I sure hope the comish tracks, it did last time I got stuff from them.
    TTW,

    Check out these sites, they have some good stuff there.

    PHP Tutorials

    Learn PHP the easy way

    PHP MySQL Tutorial


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    I wish I had learned PHP 3 years ago, would have saved me so much trouble. Now I'm too old for that, can't learn anything new :P

    Seriously, learn it, very useful if you think about making a living with the web.

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    Mr Sal, Thanks for the great links!


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    Aaaargh! PhP
    My host server is one of the few that has a forum for customers and was certainly the first. The vast majority of posts these days are problems people are having with php!

    Good luck with the learning - you might find these useful:

    At free-php.net you will find several free PHP scripts and other useful PHP resources designed with webmasters in mind.

    hotScripts.com/PHP/ is the Internet's largest script collection and resource, they have sites and archives offering a variety of PHP scripts and resources.

    php.resourceindex.com has complete scripts, code snippets, documentation and other PHP related resources.

    phpfreaks.com is a community designed to assist developers with PHP and MySQL related information. Their site includes tips, tutorials, forums, articles, code examples and manuals.

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    I said I was too old because now I lack the motivation to learn something as vast as PHP. Of course I know the basics, but I don't think I'll ever be a great php coder

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