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    Senior Member slyder's Avatar
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    Hey guys,
    I got into web design since in my teens (early 90's) and I've always been more of a designy, layout kinda web developer. I just got back into web design as a part-time biz, and was wondering from some of you vets, what you recommend if I wanted to learn PHP & MySQL. I really don't have too much programming experience (a little in middle school, and CSS/HTML of course), so what method would be best? Learnign from a book, online? I have a good web host and unlimited mysql databases, so thats not a prob.

    But seeing as a lot of the tutorials etc.. out there are for seasoned vets of C, Java, Jscript, etc... I just want to make sure I get started on the right foot as far as programming.

    Also, is there any sort of certification or anything that I can take to show potential employers that I do in fact know the ropes, once I've learned?

    Thansk for the help guys,
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    As far as learning PHP, I would say just stick to the web.

    Why? Well, the manual is just a click away, php.net is oh so useful.

    Plus the thousands if not millions of other resource sites for PHP.

    And, PHP is fairly easy to pick up, when I first started learning it, even though I have experience in Java, C and JS, I got to grips really easily with it's syntax and flow.

    Some websites, like www.w3schools.com have their own certificates, but if you just keep a portfolio stating what you used PHP and/or MySQL for your projects that should suffice future employers.

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    Senior Member slyder's Avatar
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    thanks bfsog. although im gonna stray and get a book, just for reference...
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    i leant from book and then ventred to the internet and would have to admint books do have printing errors, as I found the frustating way. Id recommend PHP and MySQL for dummies 1 I used and it teaches you the different funtions then uses them in a working environment
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    Senior Member slyder's Avatar
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    Cool thanks leprechaun. Anyone have any clue on how long it takes to gain a working knowledge of php + mysql?
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    I tend to do it all over the place. I learned PHP largely from experimentation, the documentation, and Google. Ruby, on the other hand, I've learned from all those and the help of the wonderful Programming Ruby and Agile Web Development with Rails books. Either way works, in my opinion. As long as you know what to use as a reference, you're golden.

    As for a working knowledge... Depends on how much you study and especially how much you practice :-)

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    Im no where near leanring PHP to its full potential and ive only spent about 6 months at about 30mins-1hour a day learning
    Regards Phil,


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    teach yourself php and mysql
    part of the teach yourself range, helped me sort out all my php woes

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    by Nat McBride?... Thats another 1 used
    Regards Phil,


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    yep, nat mcbride, do you know if thats a man or a woman? i've been wondering that for a while now, im not sure why!


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