5 Free E-Books and Tutorials for Learning PHP

19 Apr

Here are some resources to help get you started.

Build Your Own Database Driven Web Site Using PHP & MySQL

Sitepoint PHP and MySQL book cover

Sitepoint’s Build Your Own Database Driven Web Site Using PHP & MySQL by Kevin Yank is a lucid introduction to both PHP and MySQL for the non-programmer. The full book costs money, but Sitepoint offers the first 168. You’ll have to fork over your e-mail address to get it, though.

However, you can much of the material on the Web in this series of tutorials by Yank.

Zend’s PHP 101

Zend, makers of the popular Zend Engine back-end for PHP, offer one of the most popular tutorials for PHP beginners: PHP 101: PHP For the Absolute Beginner by Vikram Vaswani.

Webmonkey’s PHP and MySQL Tutorials

Another popular resource is Webmonkey’s PHP Tutorial for Beginners. This can be followed by its PHP and MySQL Tutorial.

Practical PHP Programming

Practical PHP by PHP in a Nutshell author Paul Hudson is a free e-book for PHP beginners. A programming background is helpful, but not necessary, for readers of this book.

PHP 5 Power Programming

PHP 5 Power Programming by Andi Gutmans, Stig Bakken and Derick Rethans is not a beginner’s book, but we’re including it here for those looking for a next step. It’s available in print or as a free PDF download here.

PHP Manual

When in doubt, you can always consult the PHP Manual.


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