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Do You Want To Program In PHP5? Here’s How You Can

Ever since I can remember I’ve been writing code. I can honestly say I cut my milk teeth coding and I simply grew from there. I really enjoyed learning to program in PHP5

Today I’m still coding, nothing fascinates me more, (except perhaps Digital Marketing). Creating the perfect UI, that delights users across all display sizes and resolutions, using HTML5 / CSS3 and a responsive framework makes me get up in the mornings and switch on my laptop.

Serverside programming using PHP and MySQL as the programming environment and RDBMS of choice are two other areas that I believe are really hot today and therefore of huge interest to programmers worldwide.

At various tech meetups I attend, I’m often asked to name some good PHP books, which handle PHP programming in a way that it is easy to read and understand, and apply to real world situations.

I thought that I’d create a Blog post on this specific topic and share information publicly. This way when I’m asked to recommend PHP books I can simply pass on this Blog post URL and drive some focused traffic to my Blog site. This information ought to be of real value to my readers as well as to me.

Here are six great PHP books available for free download in PDF format that would be of real help for all those who want to become PHP programmers.

Oh! Did I mention? There are a ton of well paying PHP programming jobs available in software development houses that are starved for good PHP programmers.

I hope these books would be of real value to you. I also welcome your suggestions about PHP books that you’ve studied from and really liked. Do not hesitate to add these titles in the comments section below and let all my Blog post readers benefit. I would be grateful that you did.

Programming – The Basics Of Apache, PHP and MySQL

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Book Description

PHP, Apache, and MySQL are the framework on which all Internet based applications run. This book guides you through the entire process of setting up your own Apache, PHP and MySQL framework on your desktop or laptop.

Then I kick off the basics of writing PHP programs and running these programs either from a Command Window or from a Virtual Domain created under Apache Web server. As an additional Bonus, there are a lot of free take this Setup Apache PHP and MySQL On Windows 10 course.

Beginning PHP5, Apache and MySQL Web Development

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Book Description

PHP, Apache, and MySQL are the three key open source technologies that form the basis for most active Web servers. This book guides you through the entire process of setting up your own Apache, PHP and MySQL driven website.

The book has well laid out chapters and examples that walks you through every step of building your website, from the installation of Apache, PHP and MySQL to MySQL management, security, and integration with other technologies.

Learning PHP 5

Learning PHP5

Book Description

A Pain-Free Introduction to Building Interactive Web Sites.

PHP is easy to learn, hence has gained quite a fan following among web designers who need to add user interaction with the websites they deliver.

PHP is free to download and use. Is flexible and simple to code in and really powerful.

Now PHP 5 boasts advanced features:

  • New object-oriented capabilities
  • Support for XML and Web Services

Learning PHP 5 is great book to start learning PHP. With attention to both PHP 4 and the new PHP version 5, it provides everything from a explanation of how PHP works with your web server and web browser to the ins and outs of working with databases and HTML forms.

Learning PHP 5 provides a great hands-on learning experience complete with exercises to make sure you understand the lessons being taught.

PHP 5 Power Programming

Here is another great book to learn PHP 5 programming from. It’s well written, its language is simple to understand and implementing its examples does help you gain good PHP programming capabilities.

Now if you would rather read about PHP online instead of downloading PDF files to your desktop here are two URLs I’d really like to recommend you take a look at.

PHP: The Right Way

Authored by Josh Lockhart, this an easy-to-read, quick reference for PHP best practices, accepted coding standards, and links to authoritative tutorials around the Web.

Book Description

I am quoting the authors words below:

There’s a lot of outdated information on the Web that leads new PHP users astray, propagating bad practices and bad code. This must stop.

There is no canonical way to use PHP. However, this website is a humble display of best practices, available options, and good information. It aims to introduce new PHP developers and to rethink seasoned pros with fresh ideas.

This is a living document and will continue to be updated with more helpful information and examples as they become available.

PHP Best Practices

Book Description

This is a short, practical guide on how to code correctly for common and confusing PHP tasks.

This books content delivers a set of basic instructions for what can be considered best practices to be followed with coding in PHP.

The book delivers a series of short, introductory solutions for often encountered PHP programming tasks. These examples should get you up and running quickly. You would however have to do your own research to flesh them out into something that is a perfect fit for you.

A Free Apache, PHP And MySQL Webinar

Oh! By the way would you like to attend a free webinar on how to install Apache, PHP5 and MySQL on your desktop or laptop?

If you would then do drop me an Email with your Skype ID, indicating when it would be a good time for you to attend. I almost always use Skype for my Internet based webinars. Le’s see if we can help each other to kick off your PHP programming.

Do Share Your Input Please

If you have any favourite PHP / MySQL reference books that you particularly liked, please share a small write up on why you liked them and a reference URL in the comments below.

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