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[PHP]The Best Book for PHP Beginners?

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What would you say is the best book? Because i want to learn php
 
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I myself bought "PHP, MySQL and Apache All in One" by "Meloni". Nice book, but I actually never used a book for PHP...pretty self explaining (especially with tutorials). I always used it to look up MySQL data types and / or commands since the MySQL site's reference is an absolute mess, IMO.

Generally, when I use a language sporadically, I buy a book, since I can't remember the function names / parameters, lol. I did bought a book for C, but I barely use (I love the reference part though)...however, ASM is just too complicated (if you include all explanations on how the hardware actually WORKS ;-))...getting off topic.
 
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Thanks for the advice, What would you say is the best language would you say is the best to learn?
Thanks.
 
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PHP is nice, it has a similar syntax C has, which is nice if you ever want to switch to a C-style language (be it C, C++, C# or a scripting language like AngleScript, CoD4 scripting, etc.). It's also quite powerful for web applications, gets rid of a lot of difficulties C might have (like types (casting), string manipulation, heterogeneous arrays...) and has a quick learning curve. It also introduces classes (but I really learned what classes are, with C++) and some other nifty features that reduces duplicated code or creates structure in your code / safety.

You can do some cool tricks in PHP, but really, I didn't want to make sites at first, I wanted to make games...3D massive games with millions of people connected :eek:). PHP bored me so quickly after I found out it is simply only exporting text...programming in C is so much more interesting...for me anyway :)
 
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Well i've been thinking about learning Action script or Lingo...
What would you say to learn?... And thanks!
 
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Actionscript and Lingo paint you into a pretty tight corner, the are not open source and the support you get depends on Adobe. PHP is prominent everywhere world wide in every language, is search engine friendly and has a HUGE support community. If you are thinking WEB, PHP, if you are thinking games ADOBE.

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Is csharp a good/easy language to learn? And is there good books i can buy?
 
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Stop thinking whats easiest or best ^^, just go with one and learn it good :)
 
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