On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 6:16 AM, Bastien <phps...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Bastien Koert
> On 2012-04-03, at 10:39 PM, Tim Dunphy <bluethu...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello list,
>>  I am quite sure that you've heard this question at least a few times
>> before. :) But I have been dabbling a bit in PHP for years and I've
>> decided that its' high time that became serious about getting a solid
>> grounding in it. Currently I work as a Sysadmin and have modest but
>> reliable skills in bash and perl. But I consider PHP more of an
>> artform and I really need to 'pick up a brush and start painting' so
>> to speak.
>>  So what I was wondering what websites, and books you'd recommend to
>> someone who (for all intents and purpose) is just starting out.
>>  On my hit list of things to learn are basic php / database
>> interaction (mysql mainly).. then how to accelerate php interraction
>> through memcache.. and eventually one I have all that down onto using
>> some of the NoSQLs (mongo/cassandra/membase, etc).
>> Thanks!
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> The manual is a great place
> Www.php.net
> Then there are tons of sites forum and otherwise to aid your learning.
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I'll second the manual -- quite a lot of info, and generally very well written.

When I started out learning PHP, I used the tutorials at
webmonkey.com. They're pretty well done, and definitely got me going
quickly. If you already have programming experience, and understand
data bases a bit, they should help you along.

If you have no programming or data base experience, PHP isn't
necessarily a bad first language, but it is very rich, and there are
many ways to make mistakes and create poorly formed programs. Writing
web apps is quite a bit different than writing admin scripts in shell
and perl, and there are various ways to go about it. While the php.net
manual is extensive in describing the workings and functions of PHP,
it is not a programming tutorial by any stretch.

Way back in the Jurassic of programming, I had a nifty little book
called "Programming Proverbs" that laid out quite succinctly some
rules of thumb for writing good code. Today, books like "Code
Complete" serve that purpose well, but with a lot more text and no
where near as much fun. Still, if you're are a beginner to writing
applications, it's good to look at such books.

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