A Great Foundation Book
There are of course so many books on PHP available now – it can be difficult to choose. Myself, I just went out and bought about 5 books over the course of the last 2 years, and this particular one, despite it’s ‘beginner’ title, I’ve found to be one of the best. The main attractive feature of this book is the solid advice it gives on coding structure and approach to building web applications.
I have quite a few other PHP books that don’t have ‘beginner’ in the title that are less advanced than this one ! One particularly good chapter is chapter 17 on ‘Building a URL Directory Manager’. Put simply, the author introduces a procedural style of coding that lays out the full range of functions needed for the app, then ‘swiches’ to the required routine via a case/switch statement that passes the appropriate variables to the appropriate functions.