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Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 10 Minutes

It took me roughly about seven years to finish reading this book from cover to cover. I originally bought this book because I wanted to learn PHP. As my very first PHP book, Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 10 Minutes by Chris Newman is a short straight to the point. Over all I found the examples pretty easy to follow and although at this point in time this book is now somewhat outdated (book uses functions that are now deprecated), I still think this book is a really good reference for anyone wanting to learn how to program in PHP. I would not however, make it the only source when learning PHP, as I personally saw this book as a more thoroughly comprehensive explanation of the php.net documentation.

Lesson 1: Getting to Know PHP
Lesson 2: Variables
Lesson 3: Flow Control
Lesson 4: Functions
Lesson 5: Working with Numbers
Lesson 6: Working with Strings
Lesson 7: Working with Arrays
Lesson 8: Regular Expressions
Lesson 9: Working with Dates and Times
Lesson 10: Using Classes
Lesson 11: Processing HTML Forms
Lesson 12: Generating Dynamic HTML
Lesson 13: Form Validation
Lesson 14: Cookies and Sessions
Lesson 15: User Authentication
Lesson 16: Communicating with the Web Server
Lesson 17: Filesystem Access
Lesson 18: Host Program Execution
Lesson 19: Using a MySQL Database
Lesson 20: Database Abstraction
Lesson 21: Running PHP on the Command Line
Lesson 22: Error Handling and Debugging
Lesson 23: PHP Configuration
Lesson 24: PHP Security
Lesson 25: Using PEAR

Rating: 3/5
Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 10 Minutes

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