On Friday 23 April 2010 10:15:46 Paul M Foster wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 07:15:11AM -0400, David McGlone wrote:
> > Is there a good strategy to studying PHP?
> >
> > For instance, is there a way to break everything down into small
> > managable topics?
> Obviously, a good book will help. I'd recommend O'Reilly's "Programming
> PHP". Some of this also depends on whether you have a background in
> programming. It's easier if you already know how to code in a different
> language; then you really mostly need to know the differences between
> the languages.
> If you want to learn without the benefit of a book, then I'd suggest
> looking over existing beginning programming books for various languages.
> My observation is that they generally follow a pattern. They deal with
> variable naming and types, then legal operations on those types, then
> control structures, then functions, etc. (That may not be accurate; as I
> said, look over the books themselves.) Most/all of this information can
> be obtained from the php.net site.
> Ashley's suggestion of coding a project is an outstanding idea. Coding
> is a practical art, and requires practical application to be worth
> anything.

I have coded a couple sites. One for my brother-in-law, but I hate that site 
so bad, I'm ashamed to even say I did it.

He chose the layout and colors and told me exactly where he wanted everything, 
and it's IMHO absolutely horrible. 

There is some code that I wrote for that site that did make me feel good for 
coming up with and although it works, most of the code for that site gets on 
my nerves. It gives me the feeling that it's very unorganized, and poorly 

David M.

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