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Ask HN: Great Book for learning PHP?
4 points by dawie on Oct 25, 2010 | hide | past | favorite | 4 comments
I use the pragmatic guys for learning new languages. They don't have a title on PHP though. Can anyone suggest a great PHP book or tutorial?

I read a lot of books, and many of the PHP books are so-so. "PHP in Action" is the best one I've personally read. http://www.amazon.com/PHP-Action-Objects-Design-Agility/dp/1...

Avoid the "Teach Yourself in X Minutes" books. That's where I learned from too, but feel there are much stronger entry points.

I learned PHP from this book:

Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 10 Minutes (http://www.amazon.com/Sams-Teach-Yourself-PHP-Minutes/dp/067...)

The docs at the PHP site are actually really great with examples, comments and a tutorial style intro for everything PHP. I would just go through those docs and try out the examples. Otherwise, just get to work coding, you will learn faster that way.

I really like the CORE series of books, i.e. Core PHP

I also build stuff and learn at the same time, which means a forum comes in handy. Check out PHPBuilder, I am on there if you need help.

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