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    Whats the best book for a beginner that absolutly knows nothing about php but knows html extensivly. I want to get a book that will teach me enough in a month that I could make a news manager / shoutbox just to get me started. I had gotten the php 4 bible, but it was to boring for me... they didnt teach me much at all they just kept on stating code and didnt really put anything together to make something useful.

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    This one should be good. I haven't used it personally but I use Sams books and another 24-hour book, and all are awesome.
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    Hey, speaking of PHP (hi again, by the way!), how does it compare to ASP? I know they're 2 totally different technologies, but I'm wondering what all they each can do/are used for.

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    ASP is more expensive to deploy and uses the (IMO evil) Visual Basic syntax. PHP is free to deploy but arguably not as powerful.
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    It will be even harder to argue that point, when PHP5 comes out.
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    When's PHP5 due out???

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    i have read that it will be out in Beta form in March.
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    I had an idea of what I wanted to do with my website and poked around a bit to decide where to begin.
    Here's some good info that helped me decide to learn php over asp.
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&i...1&q=php+vs+asp

    Also, filburts link didn't work for me but I'll 2nd the recommendation for a sams book. I'm using Sams-'PHP and MySQL Web Development' and it seems to be a very good book so far. Using it in conjunction with a sams (24hrs) html book good combo!

    Sybex is a great company too but I don't even know if they make web development books.

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    Went there, too, but I didn't find anything all that solid that proved to me that one was better than the other, other than the fact that ASP is a Micro$oft technology and won't work on Linux, which I already knew.

    What specifically put you over the edge in favor of PHP?

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    Microsoft will most-likely release a version of the .NET Framework for LInux at one point in the future. All the .NET programming languages should then work on Linux, too. C# seems to be a very good language.

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