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Grant Palin
04-06-2003, 03:38 AM
I want to learn PHP. I've read a couple tutorials on the internet, but I'm the kind of person who really prefers laerning from a book. So can anyone recommend good beginner's books for PHP?

04-06-2003, 06:12 AM
I bought the SAM's teach yourself in 24 hours book. I got i cuz it was the cheapest book in the store. All in all it wasn't bad. I found it a good way to start. Just that you might be jumping around a bit in the book. It sometimes covers things in odd orders. But it was worth the 18 U$D.


04-06-2003, 10:10 AM
Just remember with PHP books that, at the moment you cannot afford to get any older than perhaps 6 months (unless your build of PHP is that old too)

Quite a few changes have occured recently and old tutorials and books will be using syntaxes and scripting techniques which are no longer supported. Rather than having to dredge through every sample code and update to more modern terms, you'd probably do best to just aim for a more modern book from the start.

04-06-2003, 10:13 AM
If you already know how to program, go straight to


For examples, good sites include



04-06-2003, 11:18 AM
like duniyadnd said, www.php.net. It has been more useful than any book I have ever found on the subject.

04-06-2003, 06:34 PM
That's true, but it's nice to be able to read from a book. If only to get the basics.

Grant Palin
04-06-2003, 06:53 PM
Okii, thanks for the tip on getting newer books. I'll try to keep that in mind.

duniyadnd, I had found that php.net website already, but thanks. I looked through it and the downloadable manual, and they both seem very in depth.

x_goose_x, that's right, I really prefer to read a book rather than a computer screen for a long amout of time. Plus, I like to have a hard copy reference in easy reach when I need it.

04-06-2003, 07:15 PM
Why dont you print off the manual lol. :rolleyes:

04-06-2003, 08:35 PM
1000 pages and 300 bucks worth of ink later...

04-06-2003, 08:45 PM
lol. You knew I was joking? :p

Grant Palin
04-06-2003, 08:52 PM
Originally posted by x_goose_x
1000 pages and 300 bucks worth of ink later...

That's right. And a couple days of printing. Thats partly why I'd rather buy a book.

04-07-2003, 04:15 AM
I hear ya, I was the same way. When it came to php I found it easier to read through a book. The book I bought was php and mysql web development. It is good, but I wouldn't get it now beause its much outdated. The newest one I know of which I hear is good is the one at Sitepoint (http://www.sitepoint.com/books/?bookid=PHPMYSQL02). It's only 300 pages or so I believe but it's updated for php 4.3 and covers some good things.