I started with Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL by Kevin Yank, its a sitepoint book. Personally speaking I thought this book was a superb introduction to PHP and shows you how to make a basic CMS. I also had and still use Beginning PHP and MySQL from Novice to Professional by Jason Gillmore, more in depth than the sitepoint book but its goal is to be a reference for beginners rather than showing you to to build something throughout the entire book as is the case with the sitepoint book. After reading this thread I think I will purchase the Advanced PHP Programming since I am looking to move forward.
I bought three or four including the Php cookbook when I started coding two years ago. Learned a Lot of basics and some technique. Since then I have just googled for examples of various routines. There's a wealth of information out there... and free!
Good choice, it's a great book, really opens your eyes to the ever growing list of subjects that are involved in advanced PHP development.
Glad to hear that Karl, im looking forward to give the next step in php, and this seemed a good way to start. its hard to find a well done guide on the internet, i usually end up felling like there's something more there that im missing so i hope this will give me more solid foundations and knowledge.
Originally Posted by Wildhoney
Although it's a very involved book as it demands your devoted attention! You can't just take it for granted as it will swallow you whole.