Top 10 PHP Books For Beginners

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Are you interested in Web development ? Then start learning with PHP. PHP  is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. Here is the list of top 10 books for PHP just for you.

1. PHP for the Web

With PHP for the Web, Fifth Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide, students can start from the beginning to get a tour of the programming language or look up specific tasks to learn just what they need to know. This task-based visual reference guide uses step-by-step instructions and plenty of screenshots to teach beginning and intermediate students this popular open-source scripting language. Leading technology author Larry Ullman guides them through the latest developments of PHP 7. 

2. Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaScript

Build interactive, data-driven websites with the potent combination of open source technologies and web standards, even if you have only basic HTML knowledge. In this update to this popular hands-on guide, you’ll tackle dynamic web programming with the latest versions of today’s core technologies: PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, and key jQuery libraries. Web designers will learn how to use these technologies together and pick up valuable web programming practices along the way-including how to optimize websites for mobile devices. At the end of the book, you’ll put everything together to build a fully functional social networking site suitable for both desktop and mobile browsers

3. PHP: The Complete Reference

PHP is a server-side programming language mainly used for web development and is also used as a general purpose programming language. It has become a rage in the Internet world. PHP: The Complete Reference, as the name suggests is a complete reference guide to the widely popular PHP.

This book deals with explaining how to personalize the PHP work space, define operators and variables, manipulate strings and arrays and the way in which one can use HTML. It also covers details on how to access database information, track client-side preferences using cookies, execute FTP and e-mail.

4. The Joy of PHP

hird Edition now with bonus chapters. Have you ever wanted to design your own website or browser application but thought it would be too difficult or just didn’t know where to start? Have you found the amount of information on the Internet either too daunting or not geared for your skill set or worse– just plain boring? Are you interested in learning to program PHP and have some fun along the way? If so, then The Joy of PHP by Alan Forbes is the book for you!!

5. Head First PHP & MySQL

If you’re ready to create web pages more complex than those you can build with HTML and CSS Head First PHP and MySQL is the ultimate learning guide to building dynamic, database-driven websites using PHP and MySQL. Packed with real-world examples, this book teaches you all the essentials of server-side programming, from the fundamentals of PHP and MySQL coding to advanced topics such as form validation, session IDs, cookies, database queries and joins, file I/O operations, content management and many more !

6. PHP & MySQL : The Missing Manual

If you can build websites with CSS and JavaScript, this book takes you to the next level—creating dynamic, database-driven websites with PHP and MySQL. Learn how to build a database, manage your content, and interact with users. With step-by-step tutorials, this completely revised edition gets you started with expanded coverage of the basics and takes you deeper into the world of server-side programming.

7. PHP and MySQL Web Development

Long acknowledged as the clearest and most practical guide to PHP/MySQL web development, the brand-new Fifth Edition of PHP and MySQL Web Development fully reflects the latest versions of PHP and MySQL to help your students master today’s best practices for succeeding with PHP 7 and MySQL 5.7 web database development. New coverage of security, cloud and mobile development and using the PEAR repository’s massive resources have been added to this edition. The authors teach all these things while maintaining the clarity and character that thousands of readers have found so appealing in the book’s first four editions.

8. PHP & MySQL: Novice to Ninja

This book will teach you with the fastest pace possible and you will learn code that is used on real, live websites with excellent security practices. This book is a joy from beginning to end.

9. PHP: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE

Learn how to build dynamic, data-driven Web applications using PHP. Covering the latest release of this cross-platform, open-source scripting language, PHP: A Beginner’s Guide teaches you how to write basic PHP programs and enhance them with more advanced features such as MySQL and SQLite database integration, XML input, and third-party extensions. This fast-paced tutorial provides one-stop coverage of software installation, language syntax and data structures, flow control routines, built-in functions, and best practices.

10. Programming PHP

PHP has emerged as a popular and widely-used scripting language, for the creation of websites and web programs. Programming PHP is a book presented by its creator and other PHP experts. This book not only deals with its theoretical aspects, but it also guides the users on using this language in real-life. A number of examples are provided to support the learning process. Several programming techniques and language syntax is also provided.

The third edition of Programming PHP was published by Shroff/O’Reilly in 2013. It is available in paperback.

(This listing is author’s personal view. Source: Internet )

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