01-07-2006, 12:25 AM
I am brand new to this particular forum so my question(s) is/are very basic. I am interested in learning PHP but have no exposure whatsoever, other than seeing some code snippets here and there.
1) Can you recommend a book or two for a beginner,
2) Provide some links that may give some useful info, and
3) Can I set up PHP on a personal server just as I have with VBSCRIPT ASP.
01-07-2006, 12:46 AM
1) hmmmmmm dont actually have any books on php, but check http://amazon.com
2) http://php.net (has absolutely everything...)
http://google.com (one of the best:) )
3) Yes it is free and actually comes with most server packs you download, but If you want to download it seperatly, http://www.php.net/downloads.php
Most likely you will want the first one under "Windows Binaries"
After that the best of luck!
01-07-2006, 12:53 AM
I have two PHP books. I highly recommend PHP and MySQL Web Development. $50. Big book as well. Covers from the basics to making images to shopping carts etc etc. I also have Sam's Learn PHP, MySQL and Apache in 24 hours. I haven't really read through this but it's seems like a good book.
01-07-2006, 01:04 AM
Thanks for the rapid response, but like most newbies I already have another question. I always see references to PHP/MYSQL. Is this the standard or norm so to say? Can PHP be used with other DB's? Please don't cringe, but can I use it with Access (all I currently know)?
 hope I get this in here quick enough. What about IIS? Or do I need to switch to Apache?
01-07-2006, 01:56 AM
Apache, to me, is a good server. Just make sure you follow the instructions very closely or else you will be the only one to be able to see your server (if thats how you want it). PHP/MySQL is normal because PHP can interact with MySQL. Access can connect to MySQL (i think). But I highly not recommend it. Install phpMyAdmin on your server to view the MySQL databases. It's much much better.
01-07-2006, 02:02 AM
I personally hated iis when I used it. To many security flaws... (might be because i dont like microsoft for its bugs...) But now I use apache and I love it. If you want apache, mysql, a ftp service, phpmyadmin, and some mail server software. Google xampp. It configs stuff for you(for the most part) so its really easy.
01-07-2006, 02:13 AM
I recommend AppServ. It installs MySQL, PHP, Apache, and phpMyAdmin for you. Works real well.
01-07-2006, 02:20 AM
You can use Access databases through ODBC, but I'd recommend exporting your access db to CSV and loading it into MySQL, or use a third-party importer which would read the Access database and directly load it into MySQL. There are other databases you can use too...Firebird, Oracle, PostgreSQL, but I recommend MySQL.
01-07-2006, 02:23 AM
Thanks a million!!! I'll check out these recommendations and without a doubt, I'll be back.