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What's the best way to learn php?

Discussion in 'PHP' started by PoohBear88, Jul 12, 2007.

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    What's the best AND fastest way to learn PHP? I'm pretty fluent with HTML. I'm itching to learn.


    Thanks
     
    PoohBear88, Jul 12, 2007 IP
  2. WebGeek182

    WebGeek182 Active Member

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    You'll have fun with PHP...I recommend O'Reilly books on PHP...probably should start with "Learning PHP 5"...you can pick it up just about anywhere...Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.
     
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    You could also read php help from php.net where all details of php coding are explained. There are also a lot of online tutorials on many websites.
     
    hss, Jul 12, 2007 IP
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    get an free e-book from internet and read it:)
     
    leede, Jul 12, 2007 IP
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    Agreed...php.net is a must.
     
    WebGeek182, Jul 13, 2007 IP
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    As well as the excellent suggestions already mentioned, I would recommend heading over to sourceforge, downloading some php projects and having a look at the code.

    Brew
     
    Brewster, Jul 13, 2007 IP
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    ansi Well-Known Member

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    the best and quickest way to learn is by doing it. pick up a book or two and visit www.php.net/manual as often as you can.
     
    ansi, Jul 13, 2007 IP
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    Agree. To most effective method so far for me. :D
     
    jalte, Jul 13, 2007 IP
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    I second all of that...

    1) Get a book on PHP and another on MySql, probably one on Linux (or whatever server O/S you choose). They are all kind of interdependent.

    2) Start doing it - pick a project and go for it. You learn so much more trying to do something you're passionate about than you will from written exercises.

    3) Use php.net as your reference. You don't need to remember what every function does, or the order of the parameters as php.net is always there as a reminder.

    The approach to learning PHP is no different to any other language. Read up on the fundamentals (especially if you've never done server side programming before), then do your first "hello world" application, and then start progressing through more advanced concepts.
     
    ecentricNick, Jul 13, 2007 IP
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    nabil_kadimi Well-Known Member

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    Hi

    To learn PHP I suggest, as others, to get a book or at least a big documentation that would explain all the syntax and the basic stuff of php.

    Then you should start a little project, something that has already been made, because you will be able to get source code exemples and references.

    I learnt php in classes and that's the way we were proceeding, learning theorical stuff and then going to practical as soon as possible.
     
    pfek, Jul 13, 2007 IP
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    Code, check php.net, repeat.

    'Nuff said. :)
     
    MMJ, Jul 13, 2007 IP
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    w3schools.com/php/default.asp
    hudzilla.org/phpwiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
    devzone.zend.com/tag/PHP101
     
    kajol, Jul 13, 2007 IP
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    Cool sites kajol :D . I know its not who you say you are but stil .. :) . I used the w3schools site myself for learning many things.

    IMO, the best way to learn PHP is to use it. Get an idea. Try to implement it. If you need to use some function just look it up in php.net .

    http://www.php.net/functionname

    My first app was a sort of a CMS. It sucked really bad!! :D, but it was good practice.

    ~
    Thomas
     
    coderlinks, Jul 14, 2007 IP
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    http://www.w3schools.com/php/default.asp
     
    Bishop81, Jul 14, 2007 IP
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    http://www.tizag.com/phpT/ is kool.
     
    websule, Jul 15, 2007 IP
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    kip Well-Known Member

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    well, i learned A LOT from www.vtc.com, gives you like 11 hours of videos on any subject you want. and it's only like $30/mo
     
    kip, Jul 15, 2007 IP
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    I have been coding the procedural way. Thinking of learning a framework but I don't know what and how to start. Any suggestions will be appreciated
     
    karmaa, Apr 20, 2011 IP
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    You can learn the basic php from http://www.w3schools.com/ then you can find the best PHP tutorials and best way is learn though tutorials.
     
    salmanshafiq, Apr 20, 2011 IP