On 05/04/12 13:41, tamouse mailing lists wrote:
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).


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The manual is a great place


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.
2 cents
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.

I've been having a lot of fun with Beginning PHP 5.3 by Matt Doyle. Covers basics nicely, and I've found myself going back to the book for reference constantly as I do my own php medium size project as a learning experience =)

Also, the code samples and explanations are top notch, and you come to really understand what it is you're doing..

so that's my 2 cents!

-Henry A.

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