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    PHP help getting started

    ok people, i am trying to learn as much web design coding as possible and in 6 months have learnt HTML and css and a little Javascript.

    My mate suggested PHP as the next step, and i purchased a great book on it. however the book talks more about it as a programming language and doesnt give as much help as to how to incorporate it into building a website.

    i basically am looking for a great tutorial or website that will take me through the 'first steps' of designing a page in PHP.

    any help mucho appreciated

    SJC

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    Devshed 101 tutorials - listed in reverse.

    Meander through them and get the hang of the coding syntax and basic methods.

    Then sling php.net online manual into your favourites folder.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of PHP backend programming
    Ökii - formerly pootergeist
    teckis - take your time and it'll save you time.

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    To get aquainted with PHP it's useful to think of a little project you want to realize in PHP. That will give you something to focus on and apply what you've read in manuals/tutorials directly to a real-world-problem. Probably a guestbook or a feedback form serve as good beginner projects.

    And your book is quite right; PHP is about programming. You don't really "design" a page in PHP, you rather design it like you do a normal HTML page, and only at specific sections of that page you insert small PHP parts, which help with producing the desired HTML output.
    For instance, you could have a <div> with a guestbooks's entry date in it. With PHP, you write a script that puts out a number of <div>s ordered by the date within. Just as an example.

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    oh yeah baby!!! thanks a lot "Ökii". These are the best tutorials ever!! Webmonkey is also very good (for any other beginners that might be here).

    All that i learnt has come into place now, as the examples shown show u how to make use of it all in a website....it's just what i was looking for.

    i feel like a proper Geek now.....thanks....

    SJC


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