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    I am looking for some good books on PHP for a beginner that will cover most of the basics for me. I am planning on writing a program from scratch, so I want some books that will point me in the right direction.

    A few I am looking at now are:

    PHP Essentials

    Beginning PHP4

    Beginning PHP, Apache, MySQL Web Development

    Does any one have any experience with these, or know of some other really good ones? The last 2 are through Wrox Press, and I have had good success with books published through them in the past.

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    I personally really liked PHP and MySQL Web Development (SE) by Welling and Thomson. It's really the main source that got me where I am today (in terms of PHP).
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    • #3
      If you a good reader 'Beginning PHP4 by Wrox' is very good.

      If you want something that's sort of dated but still useful, 'PHP In Easy Steps' isn't bad.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dynamite
        If you end up getting this one, let me know how it is.

        J.

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        • #5
          I had the first edition of PHP and MySQL Web Development by Welling and Thomson.

          I have heard the second edition is better, but I found the 1st edition to be very good.

          I have a couple of OReilly PHP books and PHP w/ MySQL books and they're good also. Once you have a grasp of the basics (which you can get from the above books and a little determination) php.net and projects that excite you are all you need to learn and learn rapidly.

          Worked for me anyway...

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          • #6
            I picked up the php book from sitepoint which is really good. Take a look at thier tutorials its an expansion of that.
            Plan, Do, Check, Act!

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            • #7
              I have Beginning PHP4 and it has helped me learn alot, although i also learned alot from some of the tutorials on phpfreaks.com.

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