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PHP with Speed

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Well I've never done any web programming before and it seems that PHP is the preferred language at the company am training at.. [doing something other than web dev]. I intend to get into the web dev to further my position here. I would've done it through web tutorial and stuff but I have a very very tight window to learn the stuff (about 30 minutes a day). Am hoping that since I already know C++ very well, I should be getting to it with speed. So here's the flesh of the post: What tools to use, books to be reading, forums to consult.. I need anything that helps Thanks

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You need a php capable server to test stuff on. See http://www.wampserver.com/ for a quick an easy server install that you can run under windows. If you keep your webstuff within it's web host you can just "http://localhost/testsite/example.php" to test your code.

I havn't found a php IDE I really like but a text editor is fine for most things eg notepad++ (tabs, syntax highlighting, etc).

books: never really needed one for php. w3schools should get you started. Also the php site has very good documentation.
forum: phpfreaks

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PHP really isn't that hard if you know C++ well. It's got a very simple, "I want to do this, so I'll use this command," approach.

I'd recommend you pick up the O'Reilly pocket guide to PHP. It's listed at $15 (I found it for $4), but it's got a brief look at all the key concepts, such as variables and functions (stuff you know from C++). It's real value comes from having the PHP library of functions in the 2nd half of the book. It will be handy as a reference.

If you can't find what you need in that book, PHP stuff is easily available on the internet. I think you'll find that you won't be learning all the parts of PHP, but rather will be searching the Internet to find how to do a specific task with PHP.

Hope that helps!

P.S. Actually you can find the book free online on Safari: http://safari.oreilly.com/0596004028/phppr2-CHP-1 Enjoy!

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