Best way to learn PHP

Inferno0032

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Been running into need for PHP skills alot lately, and would like to start learning. Is picking up a book probably the best way for me to do so for learning on my free time?

Have any recommendations?
 

TheKub

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LAMP. Its all free.

I'm far from an expert but I can do it in a pinch. Never had a book there are enough tutorials on the web to get you to "hello world" and beyond.

Short answer, just do it.
 

Ken g6

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Do you have any programming experience? That could make a big difference in what you need. Personally, I'm to the point that once I get the syntax, a reference is all I want or need.

P.S. If I were you, I'd learn PHP with classes, too. :p
 

Inferno0032

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No programming experience, only extremely basic HTML, so I think I should start with HTML, and that will help alot.

Will be taking C/C++ come fall.
 

DaveSimmons

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Originally posted by: VinylxScratches
The syntax for PHP makes me want to gouge my eyes out.

It's close enough to C++ not to bother me much. What I hate is the lack of strong typing and the single-step debugging I have in Visual Studio.

$item1 = 5 ;
$item2 = 8 ;
$result = $iten1 + $item2 ; // no errors, but doesn't == 13 !

grrrr.

 

Snapster

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Originally posted by: DaveSimmons
Originally posted by: VinylxScratches
The syntax for PHP makes me want to gouge my eyes out.

It's close enough to C++ not to bother me much. What I hate is the lack of strong typing and the single-step debugging I have in Visual Studio.

$item1 = 5 ;
$item2 = 8 ;
$result = $iten1 + $item2 ; // no errors, but doesn't == 13 !

grrrr.

This ^^ Also best way to learn is to do, even a random php book/pdf will get you on the way.
 

Teching

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Originally posted by: DaveSimmons
Originally posted by: VinylxScratches
The syntax for PHP makes me want to gouge my eyes out.

It's close enough to C++ not to bother me much. What I hate is the lack of strong typing and the single-step debugging I have in Visual Studio.

$item1 = 5 ;
$item2 = 8 ;
$result = $iten1 + $item2 ; // no errors, but doesn't == 13 !

grrrr.

Well of course doesnt == 13, because you are adding $iten1, not $item1 :p
 

DaveSimmons

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^ of course, but in C++ the compiler would save me from my typo by reporting $iten as an undefined variable and as being used before being assigned a value. It would also be obvious single-stepping through the code that iten contained a garbage value.
 

Woosta

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Originally posted by: DaveSimmons
^ of course, but in C++ the compiler would save me from my typo by reporting $iten as an undefined variable and as being used before being assigned a value. It would also be obvious single-stepping through the code that iten contained a garbage value.

All you'd have to do is turn on error_reporting with error_reporting(E_ALL); and you'll get "Undefined variable: iten1".

Not that I really like or favor PHP...