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Books on PHP & MySQL or else: how to start learning that stuff?

Amancham
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Sorry if this is misplaced or has been asked before. I did search, but didn't find anything really useful.

Thing is: I'm using an increasing number of php/mysql based scripts, CMS systems and such on my webprojects. It works fine, but with me not knowing a damn thing about programming, I always have to bother other people if I have a question or such ... So I'd actually like to start learning that kind of stuff before I'm getting too old and my brain too rusty to start learning something new again 😉

With you guys knowing so much about this stuff, I thought I'd just ask how you got started, what the best way of starting might be and/or if you have any suggestions or recommendations on books that might be helpful.

I know this isn't something you learn over night and that reading a book doesn't make me an expert *lol* I'm happy to actually invest quite some time in this. I'm just really tired of being a newbie that's overwhelmed if people ask me to do more than replace exact line A with code B in the post 😉

looking forward to your answers!

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Topic starter Posted : 14/04/2009 7:54 pm
Tammy
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Personally I like the O'Reilly books for general reference along with the official websites.  To begin, you might grab one of the "Teach Yourself... in 24 hours" books

http://www.php.net
http://dev.mysql.com

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Posted : 14/04/2009 8:43 pm
Amancham
(@amancham)
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Thank you very much for your answer and the links, Tammy. Should have thought of a proper google search *lol* I'll look into it.

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URL: http://fiction.intayale.de
Version: 3.3.1
Modules: Challenges, Story Tracker, Mulit-lang. eFiction
PHP:  4.4.8
MySQL: 5.0.51a

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URL: http://intayale.de/deFiction
Version: 3.5
Modules: Last Login
PHP:  5.2.9
MySQL: 5.0.77

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Topic starter Posted : 14/04/2009 9:30 pm
Lyndsie
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My boyfriend's a computer engineer and he loves the O'Reilly books. He's got a couple of dozen of them.  Before I knew that, I got PHP for the World Wide Web by Larry Ullman, and I like it.  It touches some on MySQL as well.  It's actually part of another series - my friend has HTML and CSS for the World Wide Web by the same publisher, which she said she found helpful.

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Posted : 14/04/2009 10:56 pm
Amancham
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Thx for your answer, Lyndsie. I read the O'Reilly books are not very helpful in the beginning. But I'll have a further look into the whole book-question, soon.... Just no money left, this month 🙁

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URL: http://fiction.intayale.de
Version: 3.3.1
Modules: Challenges, Story Tracker, Mulit-lang. eFiction
PHP:  4.4.8
MySQL: 5.0.51a

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URL: http://intayale.de/deFiction
Version: 3.5
Modules: Last Login
PHP:  5.2.9
MySQL: 5.0.77

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Topic starter Posted : 21/04/2009 12:31 am
cleothemuse
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I highly recommend the "Head First" series from O'Reilly... they have a very quirky writing style that my inner snarkyologist very much enjoys.

They won't teach you everything you need to know to make a CMS from scratch, but they'll get you started.

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Posted : 13/11/2009 8:51 pm
Piper
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PHP 5 Fast and Easy Web Development is a book I used to learn PHP5 with.

http://www.amazon.com/PHP-Fast-Easy-Web-Development/dp/1592004733

They also have a PHP 6 version out...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1598634712/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=1592004733&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1G4YXVASVBJ6ZVWKQ0PF

StoryPortal Fiction Network - StoryPortal.Net
TG Fiction dot NET | T* Fiction Archive - TGFiction.Net
LG Tales | TG Style Fiction for LG's - LGTales.Com

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