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    Is there a good book to learn PHP? I am working through the Diving into PHP tutorial series but I would like a book to learn more advanced things and also as a reference.

    Any suggestions of books or other resources?


    I myself learned the basics with Lynda. They just recently launched their more advanced series on PHP as of last month.

    I’m a visual learner, though. I understand concepts much better when I can see somebody putting them to use.


    I found David Powers book an excellent starting point.

    You might also want to check out I recommend the "old" videos, as I found the "new" ones a bit too idiosyncratic for my tastes.


    Thanks, I’m looking into those.


    Books to avoid:

    Learning PHP 5 & PHP Cookbook 2nd edition. Both O’Reilly books :o

    Learning PHP 5 was actually a really enjoyable read until I got into the meat of the book where the code examples just didn’t work. I did fix quite a few errors with the help of the online errata. Initially most were undefined variable errors then it got a little to complex and I gave up reading at that point.

    PHP Cookbook is excellent for snippets of code but be aware, I had the same problem with Learning PHP 5. Code examples not working properly. I dove straight into the form section as I have an assignment that involves form validation and the section on ‘Redisplaying Forms with Inline Error Messages’ was abysmal.


    I can vouch for the PHP lessons. I’m about halfway done with it and it’s EPIC.

    I pay for the premium subscription, but you can get away paying $25 for a month’s worth of service. Cram it in dude!

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