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Any recommendations on learning material?

Discussion in 'General PHP and MySQL Discussions' started by Paul, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Paul

    Paul Well-Known Member

    Hi all,

    Want to learn PHP and mysql with a view to building bits and pieces on my site and also as a precursor to learning how to code my own xF addons - Anyone any advise as to nice and simple book where i might start?

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  2. Jesepi

    Jesepi Well-Known Member

    Maybe you can convince Kier and Mike to write a book in their spare time ;)
  3. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    I'd prefer Kier's Video tutorials on PHP ;)
  4. ChemicalKicks

    ChemicalKicks Well-Known Member

    I'm in the same boat, considering just signing up for a course but don't even know what relevant.
  5. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    That is the biggest problem I have....you can find anything you need with google...but you still need to know the words that describe what you are looking for. And as far as I have been able to find...short of enrolling in a university there is no instruction available where I am at any rate.

    If all else fails....this thing has helped me the most and I will more than likely stick to using this as I am still weary as to how many things php can actually do

    Or http://www.amazon.com/Sams-Teach-Yourself-PHP-Minutes/dp/0672327627
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  6. EasyTarget

    EasyTarget Well-Known Member

    Depends if you have any programming experience at all. If you don't, maybe start with a simplier programming experience, just so you can understand the nomenclature and theories. I might suggest learning how to program with javascript. You can then use firefox / firebug to step through the code and watch what is happening at each step.

    However just knowing function names and what they do really will only get you so far. You need to have a firm grasp on data structures before doing any serious programming.

    If you want to learn with php then you will need to get an IDE and debugger set up so you can step through things.

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