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The Five Free E-books and Tutorials for PHP

Written on April 18, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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With Facebook, WordPress, Drupal and Joomla still running on PHP, learning the said programming language is still imperative. Don't worry, All We Like has a list of free resources for PHP beginners.

With high performance languages like Node.js and Scala becoming more popular, is learning still worth it?

The persistent demand for PHP developers and with Facebook and Wikipedia still using the language says that it is still worth it to study PHP. More over, famous platforms like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla are all based on the language. If you want to customize these applications or build plugins, you’ll need to know PHP.

But if you have absolutely no idea how PHP works, here are some resources to get you started.

1. PHP 5 Power Programming (Andi Gutmans, Stig Bakken and Derick Rethans)

No, this is not a starter’s guide. But this book is highly recommended for PHP programmers who are ready to take the next level. The PHP 5 Power Programming is available in print or in PDF format.

2. Practical PHP Programming (Paul Hudson)

If you already have a background in programming, though it’s not necessary, then this book is for you. And yes, Practical PHP Programming is a free e-book.

3. Webmonkey’s PHP and MySQL Tutorial

The PHP and MySQL Tutorial from Webmonkey is another popular PHP for beginners resource that comes for free.

4. PHP 101: PHP For the Absolute Beginner (Vikram Vaswani)

Vikram Vaswani’s PHP for the Absolute Beginner is a free online tutorial for starters. It is provided by the makers of Zend Engine Back-end for PHP.

5. Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL (Kevin Yank)

For the non-programmer, Kevin Yank’s Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL is a lucid introduction for PHP programming and MySQL. The full book costs some dollars, but you can read the first 168 pages for free.

So now that you have some online resources, are you ready to learn PHP?


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