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  • What resources did you use to learn PHP/MySQL?

    Interested to know what resources anyone has used - from beginner to intermediate - in learning how to use PHP to create dynamic websites.

    Currently, I'm using Lynda, Learnable, php.net and some O'Reilly books.

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    One of the best resources for learning php is their website at http://www.php.net/ and use it often for examples.

    I learned MySQL by using Google to find scripts and examples showing how to write php code to query MySQL. The MySQL website is not very easy to use so I avoid it for the most part.

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    • #3
      I started off with w3Schools, it was informative and explained the key concepts. I got examples from the official PHP website and also from Google.

      Learning PHP wasn't as difficult as I first thought it'd be.
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      • #4
        Oh yes forgot about http://www.w3schools.com/ what a great resource. I learned a lot from this website.

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        • #5
          Well you could argue I *don't* know php and MySQL. I certainly don't know them to developer standard but I've written quite a bit of stuff for my site and adapted a lot of code for other uses so I'm probably intermediate.

          I used....Notepad++ and the XMB forum software that my site started out on and used until 2003. Oh dear!

          More recently I took a basic php & MySQL course at college in the evenings, it was probably too basic for the level I'm at but it did give me formal certification that I wasn't completely clueless about it.

          (For one of the exams I had to build a simple database and website that pulled information from the database using php and displayed the results in dropdowns and via search boxes...my css looked like a green vBulletin 3, which I was rather pleased with! )

          On top of that I'm a geek, obviously.
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          • #6
            Yeah, Notepad++ and w3Schools definitively helped me along, the content there is well written and gets straight to the point. Would recommend it to all developers starting out on the web.
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            • #7
              W3Schools is a bad place to learn anything. If you'd like reasons, go here: http://w3fools.com/

              I like Tizag.com, and also, I love reading programming books.



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