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    Hi! I am really interested in learning how to write PHP. I've worked with it for a while now, but I'm wondering just how long it takes to learn it? How long did it take you to learn it? Do you recommend learning java script first? Thanks!!! :alien:
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    Took me less than a week to get the hang of it, that's probably because of my background in C and C++. However, even if you don't know any programming, it shouldn't be that hard to get started. You should pick up a decent book, rather than using web based tutorials. That is because the book will give rather solid basics, then you can go onto the tutorials and learn what you want.
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    Oh, and no, you don't need to know javascript to learn PHP.
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    You should probably forget every language, too
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    i find php quite hard to learn, well i haven't really put too much effort into learning it - it probably wouldn't take me long if i bought a good book and paid attention to it

    as for javascript, it always comes in handy, but totally unrelated to PHP
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    I dunno... I first started my programming venture out with ASP (well.. BASIC really, but I don't count that) and once I got the idea of how programming "works" it's all pretty much the same - just different syntax. In the long run it's all problem solving, taking small operations combining them to make complex operations.

    www.php.net has a description for every function and samples of use... I've found the best way to learn languages like this is just to go out and do it. Read a sample tutorial at like www.webmonkey.com and then make up a project... and fix your problems you'll create irc.efnet.net #php is a great resource for getting unstuck.

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    Personally, I looked at a copy of SAMS Teach yourself PHP in 24 hours. SInce I have a decent programming background, lots of it was easy. i then got some cheap PHP web space, and tried the examples on the webspace. I then started to recreate an HTML page that was essentially just a 3x5 array of data in PHP. First I hard coded the data into the page, like you do in HTML, then stepped up to getting the info from a file, then stepped up to getting the info from an SQL table. Learned a lot that weekend!
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    Aren't Sams books great?

    Anyway everybody's different. I found PHP easy to learn but I already knew Java, Javascript, C++, and Visual Basic (plus random little languages) first. Once you get past your first couple languages, the rest usually come easily.
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    i did know basic ages ago, but i lost my vb so i couldn't do it anymore, plus i didn't have any need to

    I find once you have learned how to code it, its easy, its just getting to know everything you can do with it
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    I had classes on C++, and I learned a lot of JavaScript from that and I thought php wan't very hard to learn. Just like what Brak said, once you learn one language they are all pretty easy to pick up after that.
    The books I started off with were PrimaTECH's PHP Essentials and the PHP4 Developer's Guide. Both have been a tremendous help
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