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I am not a programming but I am very interested to learn php

what is the best way to start? any good books? online help?
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Try going to http://www.w3schools.com/ and click on PHP. This is a really good site to get you going but you will probably want to graduate to a book later though for more advanced learning.
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by:BrianGEFF719
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www.php.net has documentation on nearly every function available in php, it has installation instructions, configuration instructions, etc.

I reference php.net for my job at least 2 times a day. Learn to love it :0


Brian
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PHP & MySQL For Dummies, Valde, Janet, Wiley Publishing, ISBN 0-470-09600
http://www.amazon.com/PHP-MySQL-Dummies-Computer-Tech/dp/0470096004/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1209218475&sr=8-1

PHP Bible, Converse, Tim and Park, Joyce, Wiley Publishing, ISBN #0-7645-4955
http://www.amazon.com/PHP-Bible-2nd-Tim-Converse/dp/0764549553/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1209218851&sr=1-1

SAMS Teach Yourself MySQL in 21 Days, Butcher, Anthony, SAMS Publishing, ISBN# 0-672-32392
http://www.amazon.com/Sams-Teach-Yourself-MySQL-Days/dp/0672323923/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1209218887&sr=1-1

PHP and MySQL Web Development, Welling, Luke and Thomson, Laura, SAMS Publishing, ISBN# 0-672-32672
http://www.amazon.com/PHP-MySQL-Development-Developers-Library/dp/0672326728/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1209218925&sr=1-1

Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL, Kevin Yank
http://www.sitepoint.com/books/phpmysql1/
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by:CurtinProp
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Install a web server on your personal machine e.g www.en.wampserver.com this would be the easiest and quickest way to get up and running.

Follow the above suggestions
www.w3schools.com/PHP
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by:Vel Eous
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I find tutorials great for aiding learning, but rubbish on their own.  The examples provided in most tutorials are either completely rubbish, just useless without purpose.

Personally I find just getting stuck in to be the best way to learn something.  Think of a small starter project for yourself to look into, for example:
 - a web contact form
 - php mailing list with mysql
 - employee management system with mysql

All the above will get you thinking about the functionality of PHP.
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by:rajanibajpai
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I was also new to php a few months back and i started with http://www.w3schools.com/.
Its easy to learn here u should try this
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by:Loganathan Natarajan
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While you learn, you start develop any application for sample work so that you would learn so much ...

also it is good look some sample open source applications ..like CMS , et.c,
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Thanks Guys
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