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    Hi all,
    Looking to start using PHP on my web site to display menus as i am told i can reference them. Which in turn will save time and make the site run better.
    I want to start learning this from scratch - can anyone recommend any books that are good for a beginner?
    How to Do Everything with PHP and MySQL (How to Do Everything with) (Paperback) - that one looks quite good?
    Thanks in advance
    Ta

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    Along with books you might find on Amazon.com (Search for PHP), you will
    also find many good beginning PHP tutorials on Google.

    For example, I think this is what you were referring to with menus:
    http://www.tizag.com/phpT/include.php

    You'll find thousands of nice tutorials, and when you begin coding and run into
    problems, you always have us (here at Web Design Forums).

    When asking questions about script problems, include your PHP script in your post
    so we can see your code ... and a sample URL, so we can see the results.


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    Thanks for the links - appreciate your reply

    Ta

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    I don't have a specific recommendation, but:
    • Get a book that teaches PHP 5, not PHP 4.
    • If possible, find a book that only teaches PHP and not a combination of PHP and MySQL. MySQL is garbage and (just like PHP, actually) teaches you many bad habits.
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    As what Filburt said about bad habits ...

    I took a course in Turbo C++ one time, eye-opening on how much more
    structured, organized, and layed-out everything was. Unfortunately, it's been
    a while since C++, so I'm back to bad habits.

    If programming really interests you, check out C++ or maybe some Perl classes.

    Once you learn a programming language, other languages come pretty easy.


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    Also, find a book that's more an explanation about how things work and how you can use them, instead of "manual" books, which are very plentiful.
    Note on code: If I give code, please note that it is simply sample code to demonstrate an effect. It is not meant to be used as-is; that is the programmer's job. I am not responsible to give you support or be held liable for anything that happens when using my code.


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