Couldn't find the old Web development forum with the "new" design so I put this in here in "For Beginners" for now.
So lets start what this is about. Right now I'm looking for books in the subject PHP. Though I have no idea what to get. A perfect book would have exercises based on what the chapter been going through.
So the following question is how much pre-knowledge do I already have right? Well as a matter of fact I wouldnt say i'm a absolute beginner nor do I believe i'm a average PHP coder. Maybe something in between. Right now I work as a System administrator and a Support engineer(Customer operations) for a webhosting company. So from time to time I touch PHP and ASP.net code to help our customers with different error related issues when a transfer of websites between servers have been made. So I would say I have a general knowledge of common troubleshooting code and sometimes a little more advanced serverside related errors. I could build a single simple function but when starting to work with a little more than that I dont have any structure for OOP or any of the alike. Most of my knowledge comes from 2 courses in school(One course C++ in upper secondary and one in ASP.net with C# and MSSQL in University), self teaching through interest and of course helping customers at work. Right now i'm just taking information
In short terms I can read and alter code just fine as I understand most of it, but I am unable to build a system on my own without basiclly google someone elses code and almost fully copy what they've done.
System for me is stuff like Windows/Linux administration, MSSQL/MySQL administration, Apache/IIS, Active Directory, Exchange, Routing, Switching and so on.I think you get the idea. More of configuration and maintaining than developing system.