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I'm new to PHP, where should I start.?

Nov 28th, 2008 12:06
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Well, you've started in a good place. :)
The official PHP web site as a lot of useful information:
    http://www.php.net/
in particular, the manual (bookmark this):
    http://www.php.net/manual/
One of the best things to do is just get PHP etc. installed and start
using it.  The best place to do that is with the instructions here:
    http://www.e-gineer.com/instructions/
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Introductory PHP Tutorials:
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(in no particular order)
Introduction to PHP :
   http://www.gimpster.com/php-tutorial/
   - Basic, for the newbie.
Introduction to PHP :
   http://www.devshed.com/Server_Side/PHP/PHP101_1/
   - First of a Five part series on Devshed on the basics of PHP.  
     You really should check these out.
PHP Intro Review:
   http://www.builder.com/Programming/PHPIntro/
   - The folks at C|Net made a nice Intro to PHP
Vattekkat takes a stab at answering "What is PHP?"
   http://vsbabu.org/tutorials/php/
   - An overview on what PHP is. with samples.
PHP and MYSQL Basics (a bit MySQL oriented so ... )
   http://www.hotwired.com/webmonkey/databases/tutorials/tutorial4.html
   - Used to be the 'only' basic PHP article out there, still 
     really good.  Deals a lot with PHP/MySQL together.
Using Strings with PHP
   http://www.zend.com/zend/tut/using-strings.php
   - This is VERY nice.  Print this out and read/reread.
PHPBuilder.com shares real-world uses with PHP
   http://www.phpbuilder.com/
   - If you're serious about PHP, bookmark this site.
PHP Links
   http://www.php.net/links
   - A list of PHP related links
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More Thoughts :
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The Key to learning PHP is just that, LEARN.  The manual is your 
friend, this cannot be stressed enough.  Once you DO the tutorials 
above (and during), going through the manual will help.  Don't try to 
memorize it, that would be insane.  The manual is a reference on 
what's 
possible with PHP.  Going through it you'll note many 'Functions' that 
you'll later come to enjoy.  As you start coding your 
addressbook/links 
manager ... the back of your brain will say "hmm, I _think_ I remember 
something about stripping slashes?" so you'll head over to php.net , 
do 
a search for "stripslashes" and you'll come across the stripslashes() 
function (this is just an example).  
It's important (especially at first) that you read the ANNOTATED 
manual.  Annotations are your friend.  Basically, people add useful 
comments and tips on about every page in the manual so be sure to at 
least scan through these.  But keep in mind that anyone can add them 
so 
they're not always right :)
   http://www.php.net/manual/
Also note that to look up functions quickly you can do (using strlen() 
as an example):
   http://www.php.net/strlen  
Phew.  Still here?  As you go through the manual you'll find 
interesting functions and 'things' that sound pretty cool.  Practice.  
Do.  Play.  Build.  Mess around with the examples, DON'T JUST READ 
THEM!
Lastly, it's useful to print out articles.  As you can lay in bed and 
mark on them, ask yourself "What does this mean?" and later look it 
up.  Oh yeah and if you're stuck, you can always post a question here :
   http://php.faqts.com/
Hope that helps ;)
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