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12-04-2007, 11:21 AM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Durban, South Africa
The PHP5 and MySQL Bible is very good at listing some of the more advanced features, but in my opinion, it doesn't explain all of them too well. Also, I think it was last published in 2004? So, some of the things it talks about are slightly out dated. For example, they mention the 'new' mysqli funtion, but stick to the older mysql functions as mysqli was still in it's testing phase then. I might be wrong, but I haven't seen a new published version since 2004.
If you're looking for absolute beginners stuff,
PHP & MySQL For Dummies, 3rd Edition
offers a great grounding in the basics. I would definitely recommend it to anyone starting out in the language. But it does have it's limitations, as it offers no advanced coding, nor makes any mention of OOP.
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