I have in-depth knowledge of CSS & XHTML. Now I'd like to take the plunge & learn PHP & MySQL (for web development). I know only the very basic PHP (such as require_once & echo), & I have no knowledge of MySQL or phpMyAdmin.
I've looked up a few books on the subject, but I can't seem to find something for a novice, or something that's more down-to-earth. I need one that speaks in layman's terms but can later on be used as a reference too. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Maybe if I list some of the books I've liked & disliked, you'd get an idea of what "teaching" style/format I prefer & recommend something that suits me best:
Cascading Style Sheets - The Definitive Guide (Excellent!)
XHTML & CSS Visual QuickStart (Ok/So-so - some errors, didn't get into enough depth on subjects)
Sam's Teach Yourself CGI in 24hrs (Don't like - doesn't really show how to make own scripts, just wants you to use the provided ones)
Dummies series (Don't like - too basic)