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    There is a php for dummies book but it cant touch this one, I didnt really find it helpful at all. The O'reilly cookbook is good but too advanced for a beginner.

    I still use the Beginning PHP, Apache, MySQL Web Development" as a reference, its got a huge function list in the back too.

    I got thrown in at the deepend (or so i thought at the time) and told to build a CMS with no programming knowledge at all, this book really really helped

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    Quote Originally Posted by bailo81
    I cant give enough credit to the authors of

    "Beginning PHP, Apache, MySQL Web Development.

    The book is awesome, I owe my degree to this book!
    I bought this same book with excitement. I was on this board before I bought the book. The book seemed to be very detailed. I respect the authors but this goes for all book authors... when ever I read "Oh you'll need to know the meaning of life but hey we dont teach it this book" or "WE cover that in later chapters".

    Sadly almost, I stress almost everything in the bok I had learnt either from Larry Ullmans book mentioned above or myself. I stress that you look at the books more closely you buy.

    The book is GOOD, I have learnt some very interesting techniques that can only be taught through experience but there are some security holes no doubt ONLY in the book due to simplicity and perhaps a deadline. Also the book in far larger and long winded than it needs to be.

    Either way, good book, the jokes are funny
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    Quote Originally Posted by bailo81
    I cant give enough credit to the authors of

    "Beginning PHP, Apache, MySQL Web Development.

    The book is awesome, I owe my degree to this book!
    i'm sure we can get you our addresses and you can send pieces of the degree to us

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    I'll cut it into 6 so you can all frame a little piece

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    Nice... I'd like a corner piece.

    Where do we send the reference checks?
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    I have a question about that.

    My cover has 5 people on it and 5 in the inside of the cover, with your real names and little... comments. But on the back it has advertising with the wrox books and the current book with 6 people. The end dude is chopped off

    Do I have the draft version... seems like it
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    Quote Originally Posted by NetNerd85
    I have a question about that.

    My cover has 5 people on it and 5 in the inside of the cover, with your real names and little... comments. But on the back it has advertising with the wrox books and the current book with 6 people. The end dude is chopped off

    Do I have the draft version... seems like it
    a mistake on their part

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    LMAO, yeah I saw wrox.com... was he pissed? Change a few pages to say PHP5 and pimp it out again hey?

    I doubt I will buy another book again unless it is from Peachpit Press, their Visual Quick Start books are BRILLIANT. I also like QUE books as well, I have two of them, funny enough both are on markup (HTML & XML). I believe a publisher reflects the quality of the book and the authors.

    BPAMWD was the first 'group' or gang bang book I have read. I own another but its on JavaScript and yeah its collecting dust. I won't buy another group book again. ONLY reason being the conflicting styles, some people know how to teach and make a point, others don't.
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    he wasn't doing his part i believe, afaik... so he was taken out of the book and they obviously forgot to take his pic off the back page...

    and no... we didn't just change a few things and put PHP5 on it :P

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    You should buy both books and compare them
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    How about a refund for the one I bought
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    Intermediate/Cookbook-sort-of book?

    Hi! I just finished O'reilly's "Learning PHP 5". Prior to reading it I had no programming experience, but I'd highly recommend it to any beginner. It was a really great "introduction" book, and it "introduced" (imagine that!) a lot of different uses for PHP.
    Trouble is, I finished it and don't know what to do now. I've been looking for a good intermediate-to-advanced book, but hopefully one that doesn't stick to only one topic (eg SQL, security, etc.) I also don't (but want to) know about "design principles" and OOP. A cookbook-style book would be ideal, since I'd like to learn what all I can do with PHP - sort of an idea book for things to try. There is O'reilly's "PHP Cookbook", but it's something like three years old. Is it still worth buying today?
    What about:

    Is anyone familiar with these books? Do they require a lot of existing knowledge? If I buy just one, which one (not necessarily from this list) would you recommend? I'm sorry it's such an ambiguous question, but any suggestions you have would be really appreciated! Thanks!

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    I've got the cookbook, id recommend it, although its quite old its got some good stuff in there, maybe go into a book shop and have a browse first to see what you think.

    Last week i ordered the PHP Anthology off amazon, its a really good book which completely concentrates on object oriented programming. I'd recommend it to anyone trying to move on to the next level.

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    Has anyone read "Core Web Application Development with PHP and MySQL" by Marc Wandschneider (Sep/05) ?

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    Am currently reading this book, so far it is beyond brilliant - NOT for beginners - Only previous programmers. For some what experienced PHP programmers it is said (and appears) to focus on OOP, Security and Application Development Theory.
    Last edited by Jason Batten; 12-27-2005 at 01:17 PM.
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    what about free books online for php and mysql? where i can find them if there is any of it....

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