On Thu, Apr 07, 2011 at 02:54:45PM -0500, Donovan Brooke wrote:

> Kirk Bailey wrote:
> >If I only had 1 book on php, what would it be?
> I have to disagree with the php.net 'docs' being the best "book".
> Though most of us will have a php.net tab open in your browser every
> time we write code, it's not the same learning that comes with a
> good book IMO. Reading a book can give a more robust understanding
> to a language, perhaps especially when starting out. You get to
> listen in on the author's perceptions of tools, theories of
> practice, etc.. which can help with concepts, reasoning, and
> understanding etc..
> Perhaps you start to get a similar type of learning with a good talk
> list combined with php.net however... perhaps with a bit of spam.
> ;-)
> Anyway, someone mentioned Larry Ullman's books and I'd have to
> second that suggestion.

I agree regarding php.net.

php.net is a great resource for function references. It is less of a
great resource for basic language elements and such, mainly because of
the way it's indexed. It's much harder to find a full explanation of
something like "heredocs" on the site than an explanation of, say the
"date()" function.

However, if you're trying to learn the language, a book is a better
companion than php.net. I'd recommend the O'Reilly book "Programming
PHP" by Lerdorf, Tatroe & MacIntyre. Before I discovered php.net, it was
my bible (not the one Tedd referred to).


Paul M. Foster

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