Good PHP Book Recommendation
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06-23-2008, 02:25 AM
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PHP in general can be learned from a book or an online tutorial, but is of course only ever going to be mastered through use and experience. Same with C. Same with HTML, same with driving, same with cooking and same with tying your shoes. Books are nice to have for reference though, and php.net is the best site to always have open in your browser, in my opinion.
One of the things that did annoy me when I went looking for a book myself was the amount of books that covered the exact same topics, over and over and over again. This is a variable, this is a conditional statement, these are your equality operators, blah blah blah. Okay, that can all be learned in one online tutorial, done. The books I liked the most as far as learning advanced PHP and related topics are the apress series. In particular, "PHP Objects, Patterns and Practice" for OOP, and "Advanced PHP" for the rest. Great books, really well written and jammed full of real-world style examples and explanations.
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