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A friend of mine runs a site using PHP and now I'm hooked on trying to learn it. I need to find a good book that can teach me PHP, so I was wondering if anyone could give me the name of some books that are good to learn from.

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Web Application Development with PHP and MySQL

Also, best to go to the bookstore for an hour or two and read / skim over a few of the available books. The determining factor may be between the available code samples included, which may include something you are actually tryign to make - saving you some time.

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Both the PHP as the MySQL online manual are so good that you don't need a book, if you are already familliar with programming in general. I would just read/try the introductionary tutorials and then pick up a relatively simple open source app based on PHP/MySQL and start hacking away at it. Something like a simple guestbook for example. Or a photo album. Something that you'd like working on.

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